I am not a fan of Tom Cruise. I used to like him in the Top Gun and the first Mission:Impossible era, but now his personal life and political/religious beliefs have loomed so large as to overshadow any character he might play. So whenever I see a preview of a movie starring Tom Cruise, I generally automatically dismiss it as unwatchable, no matter how interesting the rest of the story may be. However in this instance, I chose to watch this movie simply because I’m such a massive fan of Emily Blunt. Because she was starring, I felt the presence of Cruise would be an annoyance, but not an insurmountable one. Thus, I rented Edge of Tomorrow.
It wasn’t everything I thought it would be. It’s what you might get if you combined Groundhog Day with Starship Troopers. The script blatantly rips off the movie Mimic by calling the aliens Mimics, which I felt was a poor descriptive name for them. But then, the script had a lot of flaws. The beginning is very confusing, with Tom Cruise‘s character Cage waltzing about either impersonating a superior officer or actually being said superior officer. It’s never clear exactly who he is, but he winds up being shipped off to the front lines to die. No clue as to why. The attack on the aliens goes poorly and courtesy of being slimed by a special alien, Cage is doomed to repeat it over and over, constantly re-setting whenever he dies. Emily Blunt‘s character Rita observes him in action and discerns what is happening to him, as the same thing happened to her before. She fills him in on her experience, dropping the information bomb that the aliens can control time and thus always know what’s going to happen in advance. She never reported this to anyone else is because A) they’d think she was crazy and lock her up, or B) believe her and dissect her. Fair enough, I wouldn’t want to be dissected either. Rita begins training Cage (cue the montage) and together they set out to find and kill the ‘Omega’ alien that is responsible for time loop.
The opening sequence of the film makes you think somebody in the projector room must have accidentally done something to really mess things up, as the image skips all over the place with lots of static. The end of the film had a kind of Prince of Persia twist to it, but as a whole I felt it was lacking substance. Groundhog Day was a story of personal discovery and romance, but Edge of Tomorrow has no time for things like character development and instead relies heavily on CGI, special effects and action sequences. If that’s all that interests you, but you’ll probably love the movie, but after numerous iterations of the tagline Live, Die, Repeat, I grew quite bored with the proceedings. Every time things reset, you get to hear a rather pompous Master Sergeant expounding on the virtues of combat in a speech you come to absolutely despise. There’s a smattering of decent lines and the plot is as least nominally interesting, but in general I was disappointed. It’s not terrible, but not good enough to earn it more than an apathetic two stars. – BETHANY
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Emily Blunt‘s Rita has literally become the poster child for the war effort. She also has the unfortunate and rather offensive nickname ‘Full Metal Bitch’. I do at least appreciate the nod to World War II era propaganda.
Master Sergeant Farrell (Bill Paxton): “Battle is the Great Redeemer. It is the fiery crucible in which true heroes are forged. The one place where all men truly share the same rank, regardless of what kind of parasitic scum they were going in.”
Rita does yoga. (Emily Blunt).
By his own admission, Master Sergeant Farrell is not an American, he’s from Kentucky. This is pretty weak as jokes go, and a sad commentary on the American educational system. Evidently Farrell flunked Geography.
This guy is definitely toast. Repeatedly. (Tony Way)
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