It is the year 2073. Nearly 60 years have passed since Earth was almost completely destroyed by an alien invasion and Marine Commander Jack Harper (played by Tom Cruise) is one of the few people left on the planet. Harper, along with many of the other remaining inhabitants, is a drone repairman who lives in a town floating several kilometers above the surface. He spends his time fixing the machines that are extracting the planet's last remaining resources.
With his mission almost complete, life changes dramatically for Harper when he rescues a young woman from a crashed
spaceship. This triggers a series of events that leads to a meeting with 102-year-old Malcolm Beech (played by Morgan Freeman), an encounter that forces Harper to question everything he knows about the alien war and what happened to Earth.
After last year's superhero extravaganza, Hollywood has lined up a feast of sci-fi flicks
In the past few years, superhero spectaculars have dominated Hollywood's big-budget blockbusters. In 2013, however, moviegoers can expect something quite different, as movie studios invest big bucks in a host of science-fiction films.
The lineup of science-fiction movies scheduled to be released this year includes: "After Earth," starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith, which is about two astronauts who crash-land on Earth at some point in the future, by which time it has been abandoned by humans and become a very dangerous place; "Pacific Rim," depicting a future in which gigantic monsters emerge from the ocean and soldiers must use equally large robot suits to fight them; "Ender's Game," about a group of children who are training to fight a race of invading aliens; and "Star Trek Into Darkness," the keenly awaited sequel to 2009's "Star Trek" reboot. But before all this, the science-fiction movie season begins with "Oblivion," which will be released in Taiwan on April 11.
The filmmaker behind "Oblivion," Joseph Kosinski, who previously directed "Tron: Legacy," is one of the people leading the new wave of science fiction in Hollywood. Having grown up watching the great sci-fi movies of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Kosinski told MTV that he always hoped to bring his own sci-fi classic to the big screen and started planning this movie before he was given the chance to direct "Tron: Legacy."
"I started writing this small character-driven science-fiction story that was in the vein of those science-fiction films of the 1970s that involved this lone survivor among the ruins of civilization. I thought that if it was going to be my first movie, it would have to be something very small in order for me to even get a chance of pulling it off," he said.
Kosinski's success with "Tron: Legacy" meant film studios were eager to up the budget and give Kosinski the chance to tell a much grander story with a unique visual style. "I always knew exactly what I wanted the film to look like. 'Alien' is one of my favorite movies of all time, but I feel like after 'Alien,' science fiction went into the darkness for a long time. It became about deep space and darkness," he explained. "I liked the idea of bringing science fiction back into the daylight. So, this is a daytime science-fiction film where the world is divided into two zones: the world above the clouds and the world below the clouds."