Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow


Genre: Sci-Fi Action

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 113 mins.

Premise: A public relations officer (Tom Cruise) is forced into an epic war with alien squid creatures, and finds himself caught in a time loop, living and dying and repeating the same day over and over.  As he faces the same battle scenarios, his skills increase, and he eventually teams up with a fellow soldier (Emily Blunt) to use his knowledge to defeat the aliens.

Behind-the-ScenesThe movie was originally titled "All You Need Is Kill" and is based on a novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.  Edge of Tomorrow is a more generic title but a little less unwieldy.  The movie cost $175 million, making it Tom Cruise's most expensive project to date.

The Good: The marketing and trailers have been a bit spotty, and it's easy to see why.  There's a lot going on in Edge of Tomorrow that cannot be quickly (or understandably) conveyed in a two-minute trailer.  That's a good thing, and allows the final product to sneak up and surprise you.  This movie is chock full of interesting time warp gimmickry, inventive visuals, and a dark sense of humor.  Best of all, it's really fun.  It doesn't take itself too seriously.  Cruise gives a nice change of pace performance, less cocksure and more cowardly and hapless.  It's a joy to see his character struggle in battle.  Emily Blunt is tough and believable playing what is essentially the ultimate soldier, and reaffirms the fact that she should be in every movie.  Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and his editors lend the movie a frenetic pace, quick cutting between deaths for maximum impact and comedy.  Visual effects and art direction are top notch, and the alien design is original.  Bill Paxton is awesome in a supporting role.  The mecha-battle suits are very cool.

The BadIt starts to lose steam around the 2/3rd mark, and turns into a rote sci-fi actioner at the end, with characters just firing away at aliens non-stop.  There's a video game sensibility to the plot - live, die, learn how to do better and beat the level - that grows more noticeable as the movie progresses.  I wish they hadn't tried to force in a romance between Cruise and Blunt.  The ending doesn't really make sense.

Should You See It?: Yes.  If you're a fan of Cruise, Blunt, Sci-Fi, Action, or Groundhog Day, you'll dig it.

Star Rating: ***1/2 out of 5 stars.

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