Review: Edge of Tomorrow
- Starring: Tom Cruise (Oblivion), Emily Blunt (Looper), Bill Paxton (Twister) and more.
- Directed by: Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity).
- Synopsis: “The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.”
- Rating: PG-13 for wartime violence, language and massive destruction/mayhem.
- Must-Watch Trailer:
The biggest comparisons that you may hear about the latest “Tom Cruise” movie will undoubtedly refer to the likes of Groundhog Day, Vantage Point, Source Code and perhaps even Denzel Washington’s lackluster Déjà Vu. Each of those films merit mention when it comes to Edge of Tomorrow, however, future time loop films now have Edge of Tomorrow to reference as one of the best cinematic uses of time as a plot vice that creates and contributes to the story in great fashion.
My one sentence review of Edge of Tomorrow follows the format of the film’s tagline:
“Rise. Watch. Enjoy. Repeat!” 🙂
My full review is below:
This adaptation of the popular Japanese Manga graphic novel entitled “All You Need Is Kill” (which was the original title of the film) packs everything desired from a blockbuster into one film and intensifies the experience every time the story resets. The idea of a hesitant officer stuck in a time-loop of, understandably, the worst day of his life and forced to proceed through with death as his only certainty may seem the most basic of plots to begin, but the way it develops and keeps old things new and fresh is beyond impressive and entertaining.
Tom Cruise breaks out of the mold of “perhaps good, but definitely not GREAT” movies finally again and stars with Adjustment Bureau beauty Emily Blunt in this film full of action, aliens and acrobatics. Matching the well-done special effects, CGI and constructed sets and costumes, it is the overall progression of the film, tied with believable futuristic action, danger and motives and a good amount of decently fitting comedy sprinkled throughout that makes Edge of Tomorrow a film that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Most time-loop films fall to the redundancy of rehashing/reusing the same scenes all in the name of progressing the story. EoT craftily side-steps that trap and keeps the film fresh with every press of the “reset button.”
A lot went into the making of this film. From writing an adaptation that stays truer to the source content than most, to the design of the Elysium-esque suits (of which Tom Cruise himself played a major part), to the wearing of the suits (Blunt cried the first day she had to don the weighty suit), to the acting and more. This story of survival, as Tom and Emily call it in the informative featurette below, combines combat, comedy, characters, cinematography and creative story all in one and it’s just so much fun!
This thrilling ride of adrenaline and action plays out like a video game mashed with your favorite anime series nd injected with a blended mixture of Groundhog Day, The Source Code, Ender’s Game and Starship Troopers. I stated to friends of mine who accompanied me to the IMAX 3D showing of it that it is as if this film took a lot of great elements from tons of enjoyable movies and made Edge of Tomorrow.
Successfully entertaining, the film may take a few hits from some for the “staple” character types that are typical in films of soldiers. The identifying stereotypes or the acceptable shakycam use, etc. But the film is well-established in and of itself and audiences will have more than one reason to root for the protagonists as the end of humanity is on the line.With a strong storyline (that generally follows its set rules of time travel and logic), great action and special effects, thrilling character chemistry, no unnecessary elements, plenty of fitting comedy and an innovative multi-angled view of the sequence of events to prevent boredom Edge of Tomorrow proved to be the right film for today. Fresh, fun and full of fight, do NOT let tomorrow pass you by!
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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer