Edge of Tomorrow [Review]

edge-of-tomorrow-poster1Thumbs up or thumbs down? Simple. Spoiler free reviews. Keep it simple dummy.

Edge of Tomorrow is the story of an American military officer, Major William Cage, who is brought into an war on European soil against an extraterrestrial enemy. When he is killed in action Cage gets caught up in a time loop, in which he repeatedly relives his last battle. However, the more times he fights, the closer he gets to discovering how to defeat the alien enemy.

Edge of Tomorrow, also marketed as Live. Die. Repeat, was directed by Doug Liman (Bourne Identity) and stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. It was one of, if not my favourite film from 2014. When describing this film the best way to start is with Groundhog Day meets Saving Private Ryan/Independence Day.

With he premise of dying and starting the day again, the Groundhog Day comparisons are unavoidable. Its safe to say that Edge of Tomorrow is the best time loop/resets film since then, in fact it’s gunning for the title itself. The movie is based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s sci-fi novel All You Need Is Kill, which is often praised for it’s clever time-looping conceit that doubled as a metaphor for the monotony and pointlessness of war.

In an unusual change Tom Cruise doesn’t play the hero, in fact he starts off this movie clearly as a coward. It’s great to see Cruise like this, sweating and panicking through each of his initial deaths.

3ed2cc5e8023c125dfb1cf73cff15515Emily Blunt, who plays ‘The Full Metal Bitch’ Sergeant Rita Rose Vrataski, is great. I was surprised at how well she did in a sci-fi action flick, but she hold her own and is an undeniable total bad ass. Bill Paxton is also a lot of fun playing over the top Master Sergeant Ferell.

The action sequences in the film are excellent and very entertaining, specifically during the repeated disastrous invasions, while refreshingly different to what you see in most movies. With the beach invasion you can’t help but think back to the scenes in Saving Private Ryan and  Doug Liman does a great job showing the utter carnage and disarray resulting from the attack and the human forces are massacred. Throughout the film each moment of action or violence has weight, relevance yet there is still has time for plenty of humour too.

If you haven’t seen Edge of Tomorrow yet, I can not recommend it enough. Despite now being over 50, Tom Cruise continues to be excellent in action movies. If anything, I think he’s gotten better!

Verdict: Thumbs Up

 

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