Title: Edge of Tomorrow
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
An alien race referred to as “mimics” have invaded Earth. They are called mimics because they appear unbeatable, as they counter move to our every move. Countries are uniting, and the U.S. defence force move forward after success against the aliens in Russia.
Enter Major William Cage, played by Tom Cruise. He is a media expert and the face of the U.S. defence force, participating in interviews to set people’s minds at ease and to boost morale during this alien invasion.
Until he is given an ultimatum: Join in the attack voluntarily, or you will be sent to the base regardless.
Cage is more than reluctant to enter battle, and rightly so.
The attack is a slaughter. Cage and his whole squad are annihilated within minutes of landing on the beach. And yet Cage wakes at the base the day before. He has to replay that same day, over and over, until they conquer the aliens and he no longer needs to Live, Die and Repeat. With the help of Rita Vrataski, Emily Blunt’s character, he becomes a soldier fit to fight the alien enemy, with their advantage: He knows what they are going to do next.
One of the things that endears me the most to Tom Cruise’s character, Major William Cage, is that he isn’t a war hero, nor courageous. He begins his journey frightened and eager to escape his fate of joining this suicide mission.
When he “wakes up”, he tries multiple times to explain that their defences will be useless because the mimics are anticipating the attack. Of course, no one believes him and he continues to reset the day, in a Groundhog Day-like fashion.
That may not be everyone’s cup of tea, (a friend we went with found it rather annoying when the scenes would repeat themselves, some with the exact same dialogue) but I found that in Edge of Tomorrow they made it quite humorous. It left me thinking “What is going to kill William Cage this time?”
And if you’ve seen the trailer, you may also be familiar with a scene in which Emily Blunt’s character notices during training that Cage has broken his leg.
“I think we better start over,” she sighs as she pulls out her handgun and aims it at Cage’s head.
The blatant disregard for his life, knowing that he would simply reset the day, was made amusing. When a mimic would appear where Cage hadn’t already anticipated, they would just have an “FFS” mentality, due to his seeming immortality.
Whilst this made the movie humorous, it also took a bit of the urgency and thrill out of the thriller. I felt like there was nothing to be alarmed about, because as long as Cage has this power, he can always be one step ahead.
The action was greatly choreographed and the special effects were well executed. I am a little sci-fi geek on occasion and it was nice to see that the aliens and explosions didn’t look CG or unbelievable.
This was a definite hubby pleaser, and I really enjoyed it too. It had enough humour to break up the repetition of scenes, and just the right amount of action to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Aaron gave this movie an 8 out of 10. That’s a pretty good wrap from my critical hubster.
Tom Cruise has had some hit and miss movies in the past, but this was definitely one of his better films. I really enjoyed it.
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