Possible spoilers ahead!
Considering how “Edge of Tomorrow” is performing at the box office, I wasn’t expecting much from this movie. Boy was I wrong.
forget what you saw in the trailers and in the TV spots: “Edge of Tomorrow” is not the time travel movie the Warner Bros. marketing department would like you to think it is. But I’m happy to report this movie completely blew away.
Based on Hiroshi Sikurazaka’s novel “All You Need is Kill,” director Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow” is not your cookie cutter sci-fi film, this movie is an experience. That probably won’t make sense until you’ve seen the movie.
What I can tell you is that “Edge of Tomorrow” is a true science fiction film, with a highly conceptual story. It’s beautifully shot, with great action sequences and plenty of humor. The movie is set during the aftermath of an alien invasion, as the world’s allied forces prepare to invade France in one last attempt to end this war.
Tom Cruise has spent much of his movie career saving humanity, and he’s called back to duty in “Edge of Tomorrow.” Cruise plays Major William Cage, an Army public relations officer. When Cage meets the general in charge, he’s told he’s being sent to the frontlines.
Cage tries to weasel his way out of his assignment by blackmailing the General. All this does is get him arrested. William Cage is a coward who has never seen combat, and yet he finds himself in the middle of the climactic battle that will decide the outcome of the war.
Cage barely has time to don his bionic suit before he’s dropped into the battlefield. But as it turns out, the flight from England lasted longer than he did in battle, as he quickly dies on the battlefield. Then Cage wakes up and starts all over. Then he dies again and starts over again. But he always knows he’s been here before, he remember people, conversations, the attack… everything.
The only person who believes William Cage’s story is Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). Rita has experienced the same Groundhog Day thing Cage is now experiencing, but her affliction stopped at a certain point. it stopped. She knows what Cage is going through, and realizes he may be the ey to ending the war. Rita gives Cage guidance and more importantly, training.
I’m not a huge Tom Cruise fan, but I do like several movies he’s been in. However, I gotta tell you, Tom Cruise was great in this movie. Not just in the early scenes with the General, but also in his training scenes, and in the more comedic parts of the movie. This is some of the best “acting” Cruise has done in years.
Emily Blunt is quite convincing as the fearless super-soldier. Blunt great in her battle scenes and she stole many of the scenes with Cruise. And of course she looks damn good, even when she’s all bloodied up.
Emily Blunt may have passed on being Marvel’s Black Widow, but if Warner Bros. were smart, they’d sign her up for a DC movie right now. Hawkgirl perhaps?
I was surprised how funny “Edge of Tomorrow” is, but don’t mistake this for a comedy. At its core this is a great Summer sci-fi action flick with terrifying aliens, astounding action, and a fascinating story of a world that comes together at a time of war. As far as sci-fi movies goes, this is one of the best.
I’ve heard a lot of people comparing “Edge of Tomorrow” to “Groundhog Day,” and that’s not a fair comparison. “Edge of Tomorrow” is its own thing, and I left the theatre wanting more. In the end, “Edge of Tomorrow” is my favorite movie of the year.