Oblivion’s Ending (SPOILERS)

Oblivion was a beautiful movie, but it was not a thoughtful one. The ending really made no sense and undercut it, in my opinion.

We learn during the film that Jack is one of innumerable clones, but for whatever reason, this Jack has a spark that has somehow captured the essence of the original. This lets his wife Julia reconnect with him after briefly being repulsed. Our Jack is special. This also makes his sacrifice to destroy the Tet have a price, which makes the sacrifice have meaning.

The last scene reunites another clone Jack with Julia. This is a guy who we have seen nothing of the entire movie, except getting his ass kicked by “our” Jack, number 47. Presumably there are hundreds more Jack clones on the planet after the Tet is destroyed, so why should that one be suited to immediately take the place of Original Jack or our Jack 47? Or did Jack 52 get imbued with Teh Special once Jack 47 died? I’m not sure, but it’s frustrating when just leaving Julia with Jack’s kid would’ve been a more consistent yet still positive ending for the movie.

Anyways. Some other quibbles:

  • I don’t care how much technology the Tet had, that sky house should’ve swayed like crazy in the wind!
  • Why was the Tet so short on spare parts?
  • How did Beech (Morgan Freeman) know the exact bit of the poem that Jack had read?
  • Why did the Tet start giving its Repairman Jacks more memories, compared to the Phase 1 Soldier Jacks (from the initial invasion as related by Beech)?
  • Wasn’t the whole cryochamber switcheroo thing a little gimmicky and cheap?
  • Tet could tell there was a body with Jack, but not its gender or age, and it couldn’t sense the bomb?

7 thoughts on “Oblivion’s Ending (SPOILERS)

  1. Tom

    Bugged me that Jack could go wherever he wanted in his hovercraft, and the Tet couldn’t just take it over, and force him to come ‘home.’

    Kind of seemed like a Matrix ripoff, with a cycle repeating. When the Tet sends the drones out to human colony, Vica isn’t sitting at her desk, and Sally is issuing commands which were heard earlier.

  2. Smile

    If u recall the scene, actually when number 52 saw Julia in the desert, the memory about his wife suddenly flashed across his mind. That’s why it’s 52 who spent the 3 years to search for his wife, but not the other clones..

  3. Sam chapoteau

    I think there is more to the story than that, more then aliens and clone it’s a love story. Two lovers separate by time and war and yet even after death he can’t forget the women he loves. He loves her so much that he caries her with him from one body to the next. I agree that jack 49 or 47 should have survived it would have made a much more beautiful and consistent ending but there is still beauty in the ending. It says that love is infinite. Jack 52 was introduced last minute but I think he was in the restricted area, which is why jack 49 was forbidden to go there, and why he was urged to go there by the leader of the surviving human fighters. Also jack 52 recognized his wife almost instantly, which would mean that every jack clone would have recognized her had they not been blown to pieces at the end. It’s a love story more than anything, one that tells the story of a love so strong that it last even after death.

  4. adrian

    It is a love story sam got all that down so im going to skip all that and just add that The tet are not aliens but A.I. like in i robot and the war was between human and machine. The machine needed earths resourses to live and lived and built an empire on earths moon so man destroyed the moon to set back the machines in a major war strategy. The machines just floated in space from then on in a huge craft n continued the war with man. Jack served in the military with morgan freeman and was cloned because he was the best air pilot. And his clone companion was a trained dispather the best in her postition. Kept in the space house with given missions. If ever compromised they had a drone in the house ready to kill them and send new clones in to fill their position. The reason tet never colonised on earth was due to radiation from the nukes scramples thier communications forcing the A.I to stay in the skys or space off earth. Nasa built alot of the tech. Im positive its A.I and aliens due to the guns on the drones and it knew how to tell if jack was lieing by reading body language and polygraph reading, thermal reading All human strategies

  5. Phil

    I’m not gonna write a massive thing (as it’s all out of date now anyway) I only looked at this cause I re watched the film recently and I swear the first time there was no kid in it at the end.. So thought I must have downloaded an alternate ending one or something….

    I agree with ‘Sam chapoteau’ – The clones clearly all have dreams of the wife Julia, for whatever reason..
    Because he really loved her etc. It’s nice.

    P.s – Mainly I’d like to know what ‘Adrian’ who wrote the last comment was smoking, cause it made no sense at all! lol Pass the joint dude, you’ve had enough lol

  6. yoni

    i dont understand 1 thing. why when they arrived to the tet with the nasa spaceship and couldnt go away from the tet pulling them in, the sleeping chambers was able to run from the pulling?

    lol no logic in it

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