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Edge Of Tomorrow

4

Death becomes him...

Groundhog Day-meets-Starship Troopers is the pitch for Doug Liman’s first foray into sci-fi since the disastrous 2008’s Jumper saw a would-be franchise unravel before it got going. Thankfully this smart, taut actioner is of the standard we usually expect from the maverick filmmaker who brought us The Bourne Identity and Mr. And Mrs. Smith after grabbing Hollywood’s lapels with hip indie Swingers.

Tom Cruise is Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a wimpy PR strategist content to sit out the fight when US troops pour into England to help stem the alien invasion that’s sweeping through Europe. Then he pisses off the wrong people and finds himself locked into a heavily weaponised exosuit and cast into the frontline of a beach invasion. Mere minutes into battle, he splats off his mortal coil.

Short movie? Well, here’s the hook: Cage jolts awake at the exact spot he inhabited 24 hours before, and again finds himself thrust into action. He dies, resets, dies, resets (each death ghastlier than the last), and Edge Of Tomorrow (game)plays out with this reluctant soldier having to find his way off the Saving Private Ryan-esque beach before graduating to the next level: rescuing the world.

The movie offers a clever spin on Cruise’s frequent journey as a leading man: instead of going from cocksure git to compassionate hero via a crisis, he here travels from cowardly git to compassionate hero via the mother (or should that be Alien Queen?) of all crises.

The time-loop works. Far from being the multiplex equivalent of a trek to the laundry, the spin-cycle lends a fresh tilt to the time-worn Us vs. Them genre, with Liman and Cruise serving humour and invention to ensure each rewind veers into territory as unexpected as it is familiar. Not that it’s all about the boys. Aiding Cruise on his seemingly impossible mission is a pumped-up Emily Blunt as supersoldier Rita Vrataski aka Full Metal Bitch. Together they tackle wave after wave of tentacular-tastic E.T.s, all the while trying to balance a curiously one-sided relationship (he knows her well, she’s just met him).

The breakneck pace leaves little room for meaningful character development, and the climax, set in a flooded Paris, fails to match the handheld ballistics of the earlier scenes. But there’s imagination, spectacle and thrills to spare. There’s a freshness here too that comes not only from the structure, but from Edge Of Tomorrow being a shiny new property in this cyclical age of sequels, prequels and spin-offs.

Verdict:

Liman brings the anarchic fizz of Looney Tunes to a big-budget studio film, while having the balls to cast Cruise as a coward. One to watch again and again and again...

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    • MillerCrosses

      May 24th 2014, 23:23

      I just can't see myself paying to see this movie. Which is a shame as it probably wouldn't work as well at home.

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    • hulk68

      May 26th 2014, 8:26

      I actually liked jumper, it could have been made better but the idea was unique and i anticipated a sequel a better one of course

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    • matthewbrady

      May 31st 2014, 22:27

      4

      If you put groundhog day and source code and add some Sci-Fi in it you get this movie. This has to be Tom cruises best movie since mission impossible 5, I mean the action was well shot and the directing is fantastic and Emily Blunt was a bad-a*s in this movie.

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 2nd 2014, 14:26

      4

      Cruise once again delivers an entertaining Sci-Fi movie.

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    • CossieNuttas

      Jun 3rd 2014, 19:47

      4

      Great movie. One of cruise best

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    • CossieNuttas

      Jun 3rd 2014, 19:48

      4

      Great movie. One of cruise best

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    • endofdays2

      Jun 6th 2014, 7:32

      4

      Great film, really enjoyed it, Cruise at his best.

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    • sampathjayakody

      Jun 7th 2014, 4:12

      Newly released to watch online.. online-mdb(.)com

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    • StrapMouse

      Oct 11th 2014, 15:27

      5

      Lives up to expectations, Edge of Tomorrow is bold, brutal and a bloody good time with Tom Cruise as you've never seen him before. 2014 is shaping up to be a truly good year for film and this is a highlight, and also stands as Doug Liman's finest piece of work. When Earth is invaded by a vicious alien race known as the "Mimics", the coast of France becomes the front line. On that front line is Lt. Bill Cage, an inexperienced coward who is de-ranked and forced to fight, and dies within five minutes. Then, he wakes. Cage has been in contact with the blood of the Mimics, he has the ability to reset the day upon dying. He lives, he dies and he repeats the day, getting stronger and more skilled along the way, now it's up to Cage and the ultimate warrior Rita Vrataski to stop the invasion. Some of my favourite films feature time loop scenarios, from Source Code to Triangle, and now Edge Of Tomorrow is among them, reinvigorating the repeat narrative adding a fresh twist and style to it. The backstory behind the resetting the day is superbly explained, the amount of times Cage comes back never gets boring, just more and more exciting, this is a fully fleshed out story. I hate it when people say that they "feel part of the film", it gets annoying but I'm going to contradict that and say that I truly felt immersed into this movie, Edge Of Tomorrow's enormous and chaotic war scenes are so big and open, you feel like you're on the front line with Cage: Shocked, amazed and blown away. The build-up is tremendous, it sets up the anticipation and fear of going into battle, and when the drop ships rise into the sky and make their way to the beach you know you're in for a spectacle. The cinematography and camerawork is phenomenal, mostly consisting of wide shots and establishing shots, every angle of chaos is captured. The camerawork moves briskly, any moment the Mimics are going to hit, you are just waiting for something to go down and Doug Liman sets the action up with style. The explosions, the meteors, the gunfire, sand lifting up into the air, it's beautiful mess. Watching Tom Cruise run from a fireball in an Exo-Suit brought out the inner child in me, and when he dives into Rita, taking out two Mimics before the drop ships explodes left me gobsmacked. The action shots here are enough to make Michael Bay green with envy, and in 3D the experience is wholly enveloping and one of the best uses of the technology in a while. The special effects are something to behold and the use of them is in most scenes, but the cast don't fall behind, they ignite the screen. Tom Cruise is not playing a tough, cool guy, he brings a sense of isolation to the screen, he's out of his comfort zone completely and I loved his ignorance in the earlier scenes, he develops however but still remains rather reserved but one hell of a fighter, Cruise's performance is excellent. Emily Blunt is one big factor for me seeing this movie, God she's talented and in this latest adventure, a total badass. She plays Rita Vrataski, the poster girl for the war, but behind the hero is a emotionally cut off woman, watch her in other movies and you can see how extensive her range is. She looks ferocious in an exo-suit, and watching Blunt fight with a modified helicopter blade brought me joy! If anything, a cast has never looked so good before, the suits are the coolest and best designed pieces of kit I've seen in a film, and the turmoil the cast went through wearing these chunky suits is worth it, they look like proper fighters. This is a proper blockbuster, filled with mind blowing special effects, jaw dropping 3D effects, tremendous storytelling and a whopper of a cast who really perform at their A-Game. Tom Cruise is a movie star that remains eminently watchable, as is Emily Blunt who continues to amaze, these two are a dream team, and Director Doug Liman utilises his big budget to perfection. Highly, highly recommended, I want to watch it over and over again.

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