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Even though Earthlings won the war against an alien race, they lost their home. Now it is the job of Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) to watch over the uninhabitable sphere. But an unexpected discovery begins to change the way he sees the past and future of the deserted planet. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 124
Theater Release: 19 Apr 2013
Video Release: 06 Aug 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

After being ambushed by scavengers, falling far under the ground because his rope breaks and then repeatedly shot at, Jack returns home looking like he’s had a bad day at the office. How do filmmakers skip over details (such as how Jack managed to get out of the hole) in order to keep the plot moving? What other things go unexplained in this story?

What occurrences make Jack start to question the snippets of memories he experiences?

In addition to Jack’s role as a member of the clean-up crew, what other similarities does he share with WALL-E? How are items like books, knickknacks and personal items equated with humanity in both of these films? What other likenesses are found in each of their man caves?

What are the challenges of creating a futuristic world? What rules govern it? Why is it sometimes difficult to always abide by those rules?

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