|Rating: 7.0/10 (347,173 votes)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writer: Karl Gajdusek (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay), Joseph Kosinski (graphic novel original story)
Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough
Runtime: 124 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery
Released: 19 Apr 2013
|Plot: A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.|
In 2077, the Earth has been devastated by war with an extraterrestrial invader, the Scavengers (Scavs). Humanity is relocating to Saturn’s moon Titan via the Tet, a large tetrahedron-shaped space station. Gigantic offshore fusion energy generators drain the oceans to produce power for the colonists on Titan.
Stationed at Tower 49, Tech 49 Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) along with his teammate and lover Victoria “Vika” Olsen (Andrea Riseborough) are among the few humans left on Earth. Instructed by mission controller Sally (Melissa Leo) and assisted by drones, they protect the generators from attack by any remaining Scavs. Despite having had a memory wipe, Jack experiences visions of being on the observation deck of the Empire State Building with an unknown woman before the war.
Jack investigates the site where a module from a pre-invasion human spacecraft, the Odyssey, has crashed. He finds several working stasis chambers containing surviving humans in a hibernative state; including one that contains the woman from his visions, Julia (Olga Kurylenko). A drone arrives and begins to destroy the stasis chambers. Jack saves Julia, but the drone kills the remaining survivors. Later, Jack and Julia return to retrieve the flight recorder and are captured by Scavs. The Scavs turn out to be human survivors, not aliens. Their leader Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman) wants Jack’s help to destroy the Tet by reprogramming a captured drone that contains ten stolen nuclear fuel cells. He tries to convince Jack that everything he knows is a lie, but Jack does not believe him; Beech releases them, saying the truth can be found in one of the forbidden radiation zones.