Oblivion (2013 Film)

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What is it?

The 2013 American post-apocalyptic science fiction movie Oblivion.

What is it about?

Here is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth.

Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what’s left of our planet, Jack’s mission is almost complete.

In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack’s soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft.

Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew.

With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn’t know he contained within.

The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever.


Final Thoughts

I saw this movie at the C movie theater several years ago in the city of LC, I liked the visuals and the Sky Tower (which was beautiful and I wish that I could visit and live in it in the real world) and Andrea Riseborough’s performance as the character Victoria “Vika” Olsen (who I wish would have been in the movie more) and the end credits song Oblivion by M83 featuring Susanne Sundfør (which went almost perfectly with the end of the movie, and I actually stayed in my seat to listen to it and watch the end credits; and this song and the end credits either magnified the feelings that I felt toward the movie and / or it created new ones), but there were some things that I did not like about this movie which I will not mention to avoid spoilers.

I still liked this movie better than some people did, but I have only seen it once several years ago.

The end,

-John Jr


A Misunderstood Answer | A Fictional Old Family Member Playing Pinball

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Last night I got caught in one of those quicksand-like sleep cycles where you go in & out of dreams & various states of consciousness & you have a hard time getting yourself to get out of bed, but this time this was represented in the dream world as well in the form of a bunch of stuff blocking my path/other dream characters path or blocking us from our goals/from staying awake; and I/we had to slowly keep trying to remove stuff that was blocking our paths/goals, but more stuff would replace it if we did not move fast enough & this happened at different points as I went in & out of dreams & various states of consciousness.

I had a lot of dreams but I forgot most of them because of the quicksand-like sleep cycle(s), but I barely remember part of two dream fragments at this time.

Dream 1

The first random dream fragment that I barely remember took place maybe during the day inside a building & maybe part of the dream took place outside but I can not remember, I forgot most of the dream so it is unclear, but I remember meeting a woman who somewhat reminded me of Victoria Olsen from the film Oblivion because of how she acted & dressed.

I was interested in the woman and so I started trying to get to know her better, eventually we started to date I guess, and I remember enjoying most of the dream & spending time with her; but at some point during the dream she asked me a question about something that was very important to her, that involved helping the world, and so I answered her question in a long detailed way.

To my surprise she got angry and sad, she seemed to have misunderstood my answer so I asked her what was wrong, and she started to cry while turning away from me while saying something like: “You really are not interested in helping the world, you are just interested in fame/wealth/impressing me/et cetera like many other people, you lied to me, so just go/we are done/this is not going to work out/do not touch me/I do not want to see you again or something like that.”.

I told her that she misunderstood my answer and that was not true, as she continued to cry while turning away from me, and this bothered me seeing her cry/sad/angry & that she misunderstood my answer; and so I put my hands on her shoulders softly while softly patting/rubbing her on her shoulders, I told her that she misunderstood my answer, I asked her not to cry while probably wiping some of her tears away, I gave her a loving hug & a kiss probably, I asked her to look at me, and I started to explain my answer again to her so that she would hopefully understand it correctly this time & I told her how much I cared about her & how I hoped that our relationship would continue.

She seemed to understand my answer this time, she started to feel better & she probably stopped crying, she smiled, and she gave me a hug; and I held her close, happy to see her happy again.

Then we started to walk together as I joked about the situation, making fun of her/imitating her in a friendly way to make her laugh, and we both continued to laugh/smile/joke/talk/walk together; but I woke up.

The second dream that I barely remember took place during the day in a school-like building during a fair-like event or something but I forgot most of the dream so it is unclear, and I remember going to the bathroom at some point; and as I was washing my hands I bent down toward the sink to wash my face, but in the corner of my eye I saw someone behind me looking like they were sneaking up behind me to choke me but I only saw their waist & their legs since my head was down toward the sink.

I then felt a hand or two hands around the back of my neck, and so I turned quickly blocking the hands & ready to punch the person but I paused to make sure that it was not a person playing a joke on me before attacking; and to my surprise it was a tall thin old man with light brownish colored skin with gray & white colored short curly hair, he smiled & laughed saying that he was just joking, and he knew me but I did not know him.

He said that he was a family member of mine and I think that he said that he was closely related to my cousin DE but I am not sure, we then walked to a room near the bathroom where my former classmate PW & several other people were, and the old man saw an old pinball machine; and he started trying to play it, he seemed to love pinball machines like he used to play them back in his younger days, and he was very excited/happy.

I remember PW interrupting the old man a lot, and eventually PW messed up the pinball game and/or the pinball machine causing the old man to lose & to maybe not able to play again until the pinball machine was fixed; and this made the old man angry, but he got over it quickly.

We all started to talk but I woke up, and I can not remember any of the other many dreams that I had or any of the various states of consciousness that I was in/thoughts/daydreams/sleep cycles/et cetera.

The end,

-John Jr


Showing My Grandfather How To Use A MP3 Player | A Familiar Dream With A Spaceship Underwater

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Dream 1

I somewhat remember part of two dreams from last night that were slightly inspired by the 2013 film Oblivion, with the first dream taking place in a fictional city during the evening, and I went to either visit my grandfather and/or he had called me; and he was in an outdoor/indoor area on a large bed next to a fictional family member or worker who looked like the actor Pierce Brosnan next to a tall hospital/nursing home-like building.

It was a large bed and they were at opposite sides of the bed, Mr. Brosnan seemed to be there to help my grandfather, and they were about to go to sleep; but first I asked my grandfather what he needed, he mention something that I can not remember, and I ended up showing him my Sansa Clip MP3 player & he asked to listen to some music.

I started showing him how to use it and he started listening to music, he was enjoying the music to my surprise, and he laid down in the bed enjoying the music; and he started going to sleep, but as this was going on something confusing was going on in the dream.

Two men wearing ski-masks and/or maybe Master Chief-like helmets arrived outside of the tall hospital/nursing home-like building to hack into the buildings control system which was run/controlled by an AI (artificial intelligence) or being that sounded like Sally from the 2013 film Oblivion and was run/controlled by a group of people who might have been Humans known as Administrators, and the two hackers wanted to take control of the building.

Somehow I saw what was going on even though I was with my grandfather outside, it was like daydreaming, and I saw the Administrators trying to deal with the hacking situation & they all seemed lacking in empathy like the AI or being Sally; and one of the two hackers seemed to have a good level of empathy but the other hacker did not & he was like the Administrators & the AI or being Sally, and at some point the hacker with a good level of empathy hacked his way into controlling the building.

Sally seemed to handle more of the tasks that did not need many Human-like decisions and the Administrators seemed to handle the rest of the tasks, so Sally & the Administrators worked together, but now the hacker who had a good level of empathy replaced the Administrators position through hacking into the system; but Sally was still in control as well, oddly I think that the hacker was no physically in the system or control room somehow.

Somehow I think that I did something to help the hacker by locking out the Administrators and I locked out the hacker’s partner since he lacked empathy, I am not sure how I did this or if I did this exactly, but I think that I did somehow; and so now the hacker with a good level of empathy and Sally were the controllers of the building.

The hacker decided that he would help teach Sally and help her develop empathy, and he would try to help run/control the building/system with Sally in a more empathic way; and so this was a better outcome in my opinion, the Administrators and the hacker’s partner kept trying to unlock the system but they could not, and the dream faded back to me being with my grandfather.

My grandfather seemed to be sleep or mostly sleep still listening to the music, I told Mr. Brosnan that if my grandfather needs help figuring out how to use the MP3 player that he could call me, and I would help them over the phone and/or come back to show them how to use it; but I woke up.

Dream 2

The next dream is too unclear in the beginning but the dream was a familiar dream that I had before but a dream that I might have never recorded before, in the dream I recognized that I had dreamed this before/experienced this before, and I knew what was going to happen since things were happening as expected mostly but I did not realize that I was dreaming as far as I know or I did not try to control the dream other than using my memory of what was going to happen to my advantage.

I am guessing that part of the dream took place in a building and something happened, and I escaped by jumping into a sea/ocean/body of water near the building during the night; and I knew that there was a spaceship on the bottom of the sea/ocean/whatever, and the spaceship reminded me of the Normandy from the Mass Effect video game series.

I knew that I had to escape and swim to the bottom of the ocean/sea/wherever fast to reach the spaceship before a group of aliens/military-like people got there, so that is what I did; but as I was trying to close & lock the entrance hatch on the spaceship the aliens/military-like people were trying to get in already to my surprise, and so I tried to run further into the spaceship to reach the control room but it was too late.

The aliens/military-like people burst open the hatch pointing their weapons at me, I surrendered, and I tried to do what I could to convince them to keep me alive; and most of the aliens/military-like people were women as expected from a past dream of this, there were a few men with one of the men being the leading officer, and I think that they looked mostly Human but I do not think that they were Human.

They took me hostage and I tried to convince them to take me to the control room, hoping to lock them out and control the ship, and I convinced the female soldiers to trust me using my knowledge of the past dream of this & they convinced the male officer in charge to let them take me toward the control room.

This group of aliens seemed to have a military-like culture that had more women than men, they somewhat reminded me of The Peacekeepers from Farscape, but maybe they were a military unit & that is why they seemed this way but I am not sure; I wish that I remembered what they looked like, I know that they looked very Human, but maybe they had pointed elf-like ears with light bluish/teal/silver-colored skin & maybe they had cat-like eyes or their eyes were slightly different from normal Humans.

The females were nicer toward me than the few males, the males seemed to want to kill me, but the females out-numbered them & they seemed to have more power socially in their culture than males; and so the males did not bother me, but they did not look happy about me being left alive.

At some point a female officer and two other female soldiers were taking me toward the control room, but something happened; and I ended up getting locked in the control room like I wanted, but someone else had reached it first.

In the control room was a man who appeared to be Human, he might have been a dream character from the past dream of this, and maybe he remembered the spaceship & traveled to it shortly before I did; and so he was trying to control the ship.

He locked the doors to the control room with the both of us locked in it, he locked down the rest of the spaceship, and I think that he started opening the vents to eject the aliens into the ocean/sea/whatever to drown them and/or for them to escape back to the surface to remove them from the spaceship; but I did not want them killed, and I told him to find a better option.

He seemed to want the aliens on the spaceship killed and he was trying to find a defense system on the spaceship to kill all the aliens, and he found out that the spaceship had an AI who once again who sounded like Sally from the film Oblivion; and I argued with him about not harming the aliens, and we probably talked to Sally about our options of dealing with the situation.

Sally seemed to control a lot of the essential tasks/functions on the ship but there were limits to control her/it, but those limits could be removed temporarily to allow her to take complete control of the spaceship; and so the man & I talked to her to decide if we could trust her or not.

I wanted to make sure that Sally would handle the aliens in a way that they would not be harmed and in a way where we could drop them off on the surface peacefully, and then we could fly away in the spaceship; and so I told her some of my ideas and I tried to see/test if she had enough empathy to handle the situation the way that I wanted.

We had time to do this since the spaceship was on lock down, the aliens were trying to cut down the defensive doors or find a way through them but it would take them a while, but I woke up I think or I forgot the rest of the dream.

The end,

-John Jr