Live. Die. Repeat. Cage (Tom Cruise) sure did a lot of that in Edge of Tomorrow. One of the most fun movies out thus far this summer.
The film takes place in the not so distant future with humanity at war with a parasitic alien known as Mimics. The war has been raging on for 5 years and in a last-ditch effort the United Defense Forces stage an assault on the Mimics, feeling this will turn the tide in humanities favor. Well that doesn’t end up being the case and sets up the whole movie. During this battle Cage is confronted with an Alpha (a type of Mimic) and just as he kills it he is also killed by the aliens blood but it gives him its power. The movie refers to it as him hi-jacking the one mimics power which is the ability to reset after you die to 24 hours prior with memories intact.
From here Cage goes through many trials of trying to figure out what is happening to him and how this new-found power can help save humanity from total damnation. This sets up plenty of humorous scenes, something I was not expecting to see much of going into this film and it works swimmingly. The film works a lot like Groundhog Day in the respects of the same day repeating over and over with the main character going through many changes for the betterment of themselves. Only big difference here is Bill Murray wasn’t blasting aliens in the face with really big guns.
Visually the movie is quite impressive, everything looks real enough to believe what you are seeing. I did not see this movie in 3D so I cannot speak to how that experience was though I’m pretty sure like 99% of 3D movies it added no value what-so-ever.
There really isn’t much to not like about this film, it has two talented leads carrying this film. Sure say what you will about Tom Cruise’s personal life but the man can act. The supporting cast for the most part was good too some of the characters may have not been fully developed or could be boiled down to a certain “type” but they appear in limited roles so no real loss there. If you are looking to avoid the typical summer sequels that usually flood the theaters or the mainstream books turned movies (sure this is based on the Japanese light novel, All You Need is Kill), then I highly suggest checking out Edge of Tomorrow. It’s not often we get high quality Sci-Fi movies in theaters.
Edge of Tomorrow
Directed by Doug Liman
Written by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth
Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley and Bill Paxton
Runtime: 113 min
Release: June 4, 2014