Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

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EdgeofTomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

113 min  -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  6 June 2014 (USA)

Ratings: 8.2/10 from 48,076 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 246 user | 373 critic | 43 from Metacritic.com

An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.

Director:

Doug Liman

Writers:

Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay), 2 more credits »

Stars:

Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

Despite everything strange about him (I mean come on Scientology?) I like Tom Cruise as an actor, I’ve seen a lot of his movies and when I heard good things about this one I decided to go.

Main Points:

I heard this movie described as "Groundhog Day" meets "Call of Duty" and that sums up a lot of it. (If you haven’t seen "Groundhog Day" watch it! Bill Murray is in true form). Tom Cruise’s character, Cage, is given this strange power to die only to come back continuously at the start of the same day. Of course he remembers dying and learns how to be both a better solider and exactly what happens on that day. The nice thing that I wasn’t expecting here about this movie is a large dose humor and the fact that Cage (unlike most of Tom Cruise’s character) is completely not in control and a total asshole (and coward), at least in the beginning.

It’s like what would happen if you were trapped in a video game, but the whole world was at stake. Eventually Cage (with the help Rita, played quite well by Emily Blunt) do get a grasp on the situation and see what it is they actually must to do stop the alien threat. The special effects are quite good (though I wasn’t overly impressed with the IMAX 3D aspect of it) and the story and acting is well done.

As with any movie that repeats many aspects of it there are spots that drag. It’s also worth noting here that even if you do hate Tom Cruise, you might just enjoy watching him get killed around 15,000 times. It even makes you wonder a little about the choices you make, would you act differently if you knew how things around you would turn out? What crazy stuff would you do if you knew dying didn’t matter?

Final Thoughts:

Even though the movie is only 113 minutes, it still felt a little long to me (I know I say that is most reviews but it’s true! Whatever happened to the 90 minute movie?) Overall though I really enjoyed this. Another good sci-fi/action/summer flick that I give 8/10 too. If you have a chance I would highly recommend it (just don’t bring small children with you). Well it’s a nice enough day so I’m going for a walk, have a great day everyone.

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