Film Review – Edge of Tomorrow
Director: Doug Liman
Screenplay: Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton
Genre: Science Fiction
Aliens have invaded earth and we are at war with them, but they are systematically defeating the human race and killing millions upon millions of people. This is where Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), comes in, a public relations officer who has never been in combat. He has to find a strategy to get more citizens to join the army. But unfortunately for him he gets asked to join the fighting and not just be the public relations officer.
He tries to get out of this situation by blackmailing the general, – big mistake. He wakes up in handcuffs and discovers he has been labeled a deserter and put on combat duty. He goes into battle and is killed in minutes, but fortunately for him he gets some weird alien power and he finds himself starting over in a time loop. This means whenever he is killed, he starts over and over again, from the the handcuffs scene. But eventually he learns to adapt and fight with the help of Sergeant Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). She recognizes his ability to anticipate events and tells him to locate her the next time he wakes up. To make a long story short, they then try to defeat the aliens with the very power that he got from them. With Edge of Tomorrow I am satisfied with the acting, Tom Cruise can never do anything wrong in my eyes. I have loved him since Top Gun (1986), Jerry Maguire (1996), -yes I am that old- and his love declaration on Oprah. I also think that Tom has found his next wife in Blunt.
The first thing that shocked me about Edge of Tomorrow are the aliens, or rather machine aliens? I am used to seeing aliens that are flesh, in most movies, even if they look a bit weird. This just totally put me off the film,. but then I kept on watching and I learned one lessons from the film. First, do not judge yourself, no matter how much people say you can not do something. Try and try and eventually you will get better at it with practice. But when you keep on dusting yourself off and keep on trying, do not take life for granted. There are many more opportunities in life than one could imagine.
If you loved all Mission Impossible films you are going to enjoy Edge of Tomorrow. Tom is really at his best and he is putting his fans at ease and showing us that he still has it. With him, age is but a number. Of course I am biased because I am a Tom Cruise fan but go find me another actor that brings the same sort of zest to an action role that Tom does. With all this said I recommend everybody to go watch this movie. You will not regret it.
The screenplay is good, the quality of the movie is on the point and the acting is brilliant. The plot is complicated despite the repetition of the storyline but this is what makes it so exciting. The viewer never knows how the next repeat is going to play out. All possibilities remain open-ended.