Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  • Time: 113 min
  • Genre: Action | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Doug Liman
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Charlotte Riley

Storyline:

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. But he awakens back at the beginning of the same day and is forced to fight and die again… and again – as physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop.

10 reviews

  • I saw the trailer for this film some time ago and was really looking forward to it coming out, the concept looked clever and combined with the action I had high hopes.

    All I can say is for me that the film delivered on my expectations. I know the time loop thing as been done before and people are picking on this like it’s wrong for a film to have similar plot devises or themes with any other film out there. It’s really well handled in this film, the loops never become boring and there’s even well placed humour amongst the action.

    I enjoyed both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt’s acting, both had important roles to play. As you gather from the trailer, Emily Blunts character is the mentor to Tom’s inexperienced soldier. A part which she convincingly portrays.

    I sat through this film and there were parts I can accurately use the phrase I was on the edge of my seat. I left the cinema with thoughts about the film buzzing round in my head. Try and imagine what it would be like to live the same horrible day over and over, to die again and again. If a film can leave you with interesting questions and get you talking about it with people then in my opinion it’s done something right; that’s what a good piece of entertainment does.

    Don’t just take my word for it, go and see it.

  • If you like Sci-Fi Action, then you’ll love this movie. Considering this movie has the main character repeating the same day over and over again, the director shows just enough of the repetition to help you understand whats going on without repeating whole scenes. It was very well done. It has just enough story to be watchable but very light on the plot. The aliens’ CGI could have been better. Tom Cruise portrays his character perfectly as an unlikely hero. This makes for a character that develops over the course of the film. At first, you might be thinking how could a woman wielding a heavy melee weapon be the hero of humanity? In the great tradition of Sci-Fi this is made believable due to the exo-skeleton suits and her ability to ‘reset the day’. If you knew exactly when death was coming, would it not be easy for anyone to avoid it? Overall, a great action movie and lovers of Sci-Fi will want to see this on the big screen.

  • “Edge of Tomorrow” is essentially “Groundhog day” meets “Aliens” with a little bit of “The Terminator” or something thrown in. But maybe that’s not fair. Because “Edge of Tomorrow” isn’t just ripping off those excellent movies. Its clearly influenced by them, in making something that’s almost as good, and equally original.

    Over many of the standard modern day block busters. “Edge of Tomorrow” starts things off properly. By putting its story first. Flick sees Tom Cruise (actually playing someone who starts as far from a hero) thrown into an alien war, where, after an unfortunate incident with one of the slithering beasties. He Becomes able to live the same day, over and over again, until he eventually becomes the best weapon there is in fighting these time altering bugs.

    As you can probably imagine. There is more to it than that, and the film has a lot of fun with its twisted logic. Throwing in plenty of action, and even plenty of laughs, to make for an altogether interesting movie.

    Much like the recent “X-men – Days of future past” the films only real downfall is its mind boggling ending. Here, feeling like a slapped on happy “Hollywood ending.” When perhaps a darker one would have been the better way to go, in a film in which the usually heroic Tom Cruise is shamelessly killed over and over again.

  • “Edge of Tomorrow” is a very good film that successfully balances story, characters and action. The specific plot is unusual enough to transcend the clichés that many sci-fi films get stuck in and the lead performances by Cruise and Blunt are excellent. They have great chemistry together.

    There is plenty of all-out action and the visual effects do a good job of mixing believably utilitarian designs with some very strange alien imagery. If you’re looking for thrills, there are plenty of those. But the best thing about this film, in my opinion, is that the characters are engaging. I also appreciate how the story is specific and nuanced, even though the stakes themselves are set on a large scale. There is a nice sort of intimacy at work here.

    As others have mentioned, an easy way to describe “Edge of Tomorrow” would be as a mix of “Groundhog Day” with “Starship Troopers”/”Aliens”. If you are like me, that is a great hook. Anyway, this film makes good on its potential deserves much better at the box office than its opening weekend, and I hope that the positive word of mouth gives it some staying power. As far as this type of film goes, this is one of the better examples, and well worth seeing.

  • There is a lot to like in the “Edge of Tomorrow” science fiction thriller about the alien invasion with surprising comedic undertone. Pre-production on”Edge of Tomorrow” started exactly one week after Tom Cruise wrapped up the work on “Oblivion” another S/F alien invasion movie which as the “Edge of Tomorrow” is definitely return to the form by Tom Cruise. The easiest way to describe this film is to imagine a cross between the comedy “Groundhog Day”, the robotic body armor of “Pacific Rim” and moments reminding us of Matrix as this film is based on of manga and novel ‘All you need is kill’ by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tome Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop- forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski. And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. Aliens control time therefor they always know about the moves of the human soldiers. A lots of comedy comes from the sense of confusion and repetitiveness of whats happening with Cruise’s character. Even though we see one day from perspective of many angles it never gets repetitive due to the like ability of Cruise’s performance from totally inexperience coward to seasoned military leader. Emily Blunt deliver equally enjoyable performance even though the romantic chemistry between them is not quite there. Her name would suggest that she has Polish roots with a surname like Vrataski. At some point Bérénice Bejo was considered for the role but I think the choice of Blunt was the right one. She possesses the right amount of feistiness and strength/sensitivity the military leader of the resistance should have. The action partnership between the two is very well developed though. The alien creature design might not have been the best, relaying more on super fast CGI animations of the creature that does not aloud us to see much of them in the beginning which is rather good.The body armor that the soldiers are using as a strength and weapon support is looking very futuristic, but also very cumbersome in the amount of movement the soldier can do, in fact similar type suits are reality now and are developed as TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit) in USA. The action scenes are breathtaking, the movie works on all the necessary levels to experience it as a big summer Hollywood blockbuster. I will definitely see it again it was that enjoyable. See it in IMAX 3D if you can. The sound design was brilliant with a lot of reverb used enhancing the overall experience.

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  • Edge of Tomorrow(Also known as Live, Die, Repeat) 8/10- When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it looked really stupid. It looked like a video game nearly. Then, the new trailer came out and showed the main concept of the film. I changed my mind about the movie and decided to give it a chance. I am very glad I did. Edge of Tomorrow is a well-made mix of Groundhog Day and a sort of Saving Private Ryan the way they storm the beach of Normandy(except in this film its futuristic invasion on an alien species.) Not to mention it has Tom Cruise leading the charge who has nearly mastered fighting extra-terrestrials on camera.

    I will get the bad stuff out of the way first. It was up to me, I would have gone with other fighting suits because most everyone agrees they look at least a tiny bit stupid and a little too much. The fighting suit situation is just something you have get passed in the film. Also, although I love the “live, die, repeat” part of the movie, the repeat part gets to be somewhat exhausting at times. Still, the benefits of the repeat part of the film far outweigh the downsides of it.

    The special effects is something I and probably everyone expect at this point from a Alien-Tom Cruise picture. They are what they need to be, nothing more. The explosions and gunfire are all awesome but we have all seen them before. The only thing extraordinary that the special effects department did was the design of the alpha alien. The look and execution of the alpha alien is something that I have, at the very least, not seen very often and would like to highlight their efforts on this. The plot was the best part of the film because it provided so much to it. The plot paved the way for the good comedy that the movie needed, intricate storyline, and biggest thing was giving the audience something that we have not seen in a really long time.

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  • A war between the human race and aliens enter the brink of an important war, Cage (Tom Cruise) is forced into combat without any training, they are ambushed by the alien race and killed. Cage wakes up restarting the day all over again. He finds himself stuck in an endless loop, where he increases his skills with the help of Rita (Emily Blunt) and try to end the war once and for all.

    Groundhog Day meets Sci-Fi. Edge Of Tomorrow has the right blend of humour, action and edge of your seat moments. With a film that repeats itself, it can get really drag out and cause you to lose interest. Edge Of Tomorrow doesn’t have this problem. Once you’ve seen the day first time round, it sticks to just the important moments as well as the humorous moments. You don’t constantly see the same thing over and over again and you can never really know just how many times Cage repeats this day, but you can assume it’s many.

    Tom Cruise is known for his action films, with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher and Oblivion, just some of his most recent films. Edge Of Tomorrow (while being an action film) is different to what we are use to. He doesn’t strike you as the confident leader, instead he is untrained and…
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  • “What do we do now?
    I don’t know. We’ve never gotten this far.”

    Frankly, thus far I am very disappointed about the movies I was looking forward to for so long. In “Godzilla” the infamous monster was totally absent, “Transcendence” was too ordinary and meaningless, “Divergent” was just another SF Fantasy tale for teenage girls, “300 Rise of an Empire” was just like “300”, “The Expendables 3” looked exhausted and are in need of a replacement and “Pompeii” was a storm in a teacup. Only “Robocop”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”,”Maleficent” and “Captain America: Winter Soldier” could surprise and enchant me. I wasn’t expecting much from “Edge of Tomorrow”. Partly due to the fact that Mr. Cruise probably would be shining on the screen again the way he always does. That’s what I thought! What a big mistake that was. For me “Edge of Tomorrow”, a film based on the Japanese comic book “All you need is kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, is already THE summer blockbuster.

    Imagine an invasion on a vast coastline in France as in “Saving Privat Ryan,” but this time in a more futuristic perspective. High-tech helicopters flying through the sky and dropping “Robocop”-like soldiers on the beach, who immediately start a massive battle against fierce aliens, called Mimics, who look as if they appeared in “The Matrix”. You get an adrenaline boost while watching this battlefield with advancing forces being massacred. And in between is a pity looking Colonel Cage (Tom Cruise) who in an inexplicable way got promoted from Colonel to an ordinary soldier with an indelible stain. He turns out to be a deserter, so to speak. He gets an ultra modern combat equipment and he’s ordered to be part of the first platoon which will lead the invasion and will throw itself in the middle of this bloody war. Ironically, he has no idea how to turn off the safety of his Japanese speaking equipment, and so he’s killed almost instantly. Due to circumstances however, he ends up in a sort of time-cycle like Bill Murray experienced in “Groundhog Day”. He goes back in time again and again to the moment when he wakes up at the base from where the invasion is coordinated.

    Only some questions remained. Why exactly was it that particular point in time ? Was it Bill Cage who determined this ? Maybe I’ve overlooked the answer or I misunderstood something. But don’t let this spoil the fun because it’s a fascinating, action-packed, exciting and sometimes humorous stunner of a movie. Even the presence of Cruise didn’t bother me. Normally Cruise is such an actor who has such an ego and pretentiousness that the screen is filled with his personality anyway. This was better than expected. Even his room wide dazzling smile shrank perceptibly. And to be honest, this film is fun for all moviegoers. Those who can’t stand Cruise may rejoice about the fact that Cruise gets exterminated numerous times. Those who idolize Cruise can be thrilled because he comes back to live over and over again so he can restart the mission as a true hero.

    Doug Liman created a heart-pounding raging SF. It’s something like “The Bourne Identity”. A successful concept and probably because of the extremely devious put together script. Despite the fact that the same event is repeated a few times, this isn’t really disturbing, because Bill Cage attempts to tackle the situation each time in a different way. And this leads sometimes to hilarious moments.

    As said before, the rather timid Tom Cruise played an enjoyable role as Colonel Cage. But the moment Emily Blunt appears on the scene as Rita Vrataski, “The Angel of Verdun”, everything speeds up and the interactions and fragments become humorous and entertaining. She’s the perfect choice as the fierce female soldier who’s also extremely attractive at the same time. I remembered the days when I sat at home before my monitor for hours struggling with an extremely difficult mission in “Call of Duty”. Frustrated I always started over again trying in a different way till I succeeded to fight my way through it. The same principle is used in “Edge of Tomorrow”. Also, there were two noteworthy supporting roles. Brendan Gleeson played the ruthless General Brigham and you can see Bill Paxton in a very amusing role as the drill sergeant Farell.

    It’s obvious I’m really enthusiastic about this movie and had a great time watching this highly entertaining movie. It’s certainly a candidate for the title of “Best action movie” of the year 2014. The other candidate competing for this title is for me “Captain America: Winter Soldier”. And right now it’s a tie. Despite the end being a bit illogical, this SF is highly recommended. A lot of action packed scenes in a furious pace. A dazzling spectacle with some contagious humor and surprising plot twists. Fortunately a corny romance was omitted. And finally, Tom Cruise effacing himself in relation to the whole picture. All this makes this film a must-see. And I’m going to do something I rarely do: I’m going to re-watch it !

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  • Tom Cruise’s character dies a lot in his newest science fiction endeavor, Edge of Tomorrow. In fact, about halfway through this 2014 release, I started to lose count (let’s just say that it’s anywhere between 50-60 times). Regardless, “Tomorrow” is intelligent, sophisticated film making and it stakes its claim as the best thing to hit theaters this year. It makes you think (but not too incredibly hard), it heightens your senses (just like a summer blockbuster should), and it reminds you the audience, why Cruise became a movie star in the first place.

    Now as I’ve just mentioned, there is a Groundhog Day element in which someone relives the same 24 hour period over and over again. This radical tactic brought to life in a non-comedic fashion by director Doug Liman, works diligently until it somehow becomes a little repetitive and overwrought in the 3rd act. Regardless, in the director’s chair he does a bravado job and that is evident by “Tomorrow’s” ingenious plotting and capable editing (there might be a scene or two left out as a puzzle piece but I’ll let it slide). In terms of staging action, Liman takes a page out of Alfonso Cauron’s playbook (the guy who shot Gravity and Children of Men). He films some of the most stupendous combat scenes you’ll ever see. He works with a large canvas consisting of thousands of extras (futuristic soldiers) and the chaotic bullet-ridden sequences featured, seem incredibly complex with a host of neat panoramic views.

    Reminiscent of James Cameron’s Aliens, featuring slinky, terrifying creatures that seem to be lifted from the Matrix movies, and containing the omission of opening title credits (I’m a huge fan of this), Edge of Tomorrow follows the back story free tribulations of one William Cage. He’s a Major but his expertise is strictly in advertising. He’s never fired a gun, never killed any type of extraterrestrial, but here he is ordered by an unreasonable General (General Brigham played by Brendan Gleeson in a standard Brendan Gleeson role) to go to Europe and fight a war against evil caricatures called Mimics (think mechanical zombies who hightail it fast and furious). Here’s the kicker: every time Cruise’s Cage gets killed in the war, he wakes up and finds himself in the same spot he was in when he first came to the army camp (for basic training). He’s getting a do-over or a chance to fight again and again until the alien invasion has been conquered by humans. Over the course of the first initial deaths, Cage encounters a fellow soldier who had a similar experience. Emily Blunt is said soldier and she plays Special Forces killer Rita Vrataski. Tom Cruise and Blunt work well together as actors. Their relationship is strictly business as their characters both die again intentionally to try to reset the game plan and strategize their war tactics efficiently.

    The performances in “Tomorrow” are mostly disciplined. There is a dose of mild humor but it doesn’t register as much as other critics have noted. The Cruise character is initially seen as cowardly but unintentionally becomes a soldier transformed. The film seems like a personal journey for him and you feel the most sympathy for his plight. As for the other members of the cast, they aren’t as likable. They actually seem aloof and off-putting (especially the combat fighters in Cage’s battalion). Same goes for Emily Blunt. She has good intentions, excels as a sword wielding warrior, but comes off as very reserved. Her Rita Vrataski is distant and borderline unfriendly. Cruise’s Cage starts to feel something for her, a sort of mulled over connection if you will. You as the viewer however, will be pain staked at trying to figure out why.

    Anyway, the tag line for this film’s poster reads, “LIVE DIE REPEAT.” Based on my review and recommendation, I believe that this might be the current career path under which Tom Cruise is headed for in modern day Hollywood. Clearly on a science fiction kick, he bounces back this time after appearing in 2013’s unoriginal Oblivion.

    Overall, a bogged down final half hour doesn’t keep Edge of Tomorrow from possessing the power to entertain. It has a fresh premise and it’s its own movie even though residue from other science fiction fare sometimes seeps in. Will you be enticed to see it multiple times? Probably not. The effect if you’re not patient, would be the equivalent of what Major Cage goes through time and time again (count me out, I’ve got other movies to see). But know this: compared to a lot of other summer flicks that have filtered in and out of multiplexes, Edge of Tomorrow teeters much further along the “edge” of greatness.

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  • Tom Cruise has had six action films come out over the last ten years in which he played the lead role but besides two films being part of the Mission Impossible franchise, he has only had one successful movie with his last two films being fairly disappointing. On the other hand, the director of this film Doug Liman, is no stranger to disappointments. Liman’s first action film The Bourne Identity was a huge success. Since then, three more films have been added to the Bourne franchise with Liman being the executive producer of the last two and Matt Damon playing the lead. But when it comes to directing once again, Liman has yet to have another hit as Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Jumper never reached the levels of success that his first piece of work did. Can Cruise and Liman, who are both looking for another hit, help each other in this quest or will they both fall short once again?

    Edge of Tomorrow kicks off with a string of news reports that show off just a glimpse of what is happening to the planet. Earth has been subject to an alien invasion by creatures given the name ‘Mimics’ and these Mimics are successful thus far in their attempts that the humans form the United Defense Force as an attempt at one last push to save the planet on the beaches of France. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) has never seen a day of combat in his life and when he is summoned to London on the eve of the attack he assumes he is needed to oversee the media blitz that will accompany the attack.

    Cage is greatly mistaken as General Brigham (Brendan Glesson) orders him to join the first wave so he can deliver a first hand account of what is taken place on the battle field. Cage attempts to get out of this order, being that he cannot stand the sight of blood but finds himself arrested as a deserter and handed to the military instead. Cage is given an ExoSuit and is thrown into battle in which he does not last very long in, dying 10 minutes into the film after killing a unique Mimic. Instead of finding himself in the afterlife, Cage wakes up back in the beginning of his day.

    As Cage relives the same day over again, he finds himself ending his days in the same matter, dying. But after each death, Cage wakes up in the beginning of the day and it doesn’t take long for him to realize that he is caught in a time loop. Cage is not the first to experience this weird time loop. Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) a.k.a Full Metal Bitch was once caught in the time loop as well. With the help from the Full Metal Bitch, Cage must become a super soldier and take down the Mimics and save the world.

    We have seen this kind of story before in Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day but in that film the time loop was meant to bring laughter. In Edge of Tomorrow, the time loop is meant to bring misery to Tom Cruise. With time loops you come across a plot that can get quite repetitive and with repetition comes predictability. But Liman does a great job to help avoid predictability by not showing us each day Cage has to repeat giving Liman the power when he wants to reveal a new bit of information each time.

    Edge of Tomorrow ultimately feels like a video game at the end of the day. Liman gives us that first person experience. The viewer feels they are actually on the beach with Tom Cruise instead of watching other people doing the fighting. You get the feeling as if you are on the battlefield, the trenches and fighting the Mimics. And just like a video game, you never like dying because that means you need to start in the beginning of the level once again and Tom Cruise gets that feeling for two hours throughout Edge of Tomorrow. Cage grows frustrated with not being able to beat this day-long level and video gamers around the world can connect with that frustration. You’ll think that Edge of Tomorrow is based on a video game due to how successful this video game concept played out but it is actually based on the Japanese military science fiction light novel All You Need Is Kill by Yoshitoshi ABe.

    The third act is ultimately the weakest part of the film. A predictable love interest between the two heroes emerges. The film does not benefit from it as the duo shines brightest when Rita shoots Cage in the head whenever she feels they need a reset. Rita should be the main hero of the film as the movie wraps up but in typical Cruise fashion he becomes the main man.

    Overall Edge of Tomorrow is a blast and I recommend taking your wallets out and seeing the film when it hits theaters and you must see it in IMAX. Liman was one act away from having a perfect film but predictability was unavoidable. I expect Cruise to have his biggest hit in the box office since his 2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

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