Sunday 8 June 2014

Edge of Tomorrow Movie Review!!!

Buy ticket, watch movie, repeat!!! Yes, it's that good! Read our review for more!

The Cruise missile is back!  Edge of Tomorrow is a very entertaining movie and it looks like Cruise has another hot hit on his hands. 

The world is at war with an alien race known as Mimics.  Cruise is Major William Cage, a US military spokesperson and something of a military PR spin-doctor as the opening scenes reveal.  Once summoned to London, Cage is ordered to join the ground force on the beaches of Northwestern France.  Cage objects and foolishly tries to blackmail his way out.  

Stripped of rank and marked as a traitor, Cage soon finds himself on the beaches of Northwestern France and shocked as it appears the aliens have anticipated the attack.  Everyone is slaughtered including Cage himself. 

Fret not, it’s not game over yet.  Cage wakes, shocked, he discovers himself at the start of the same day he had just lived through.  He lives, dies and then repeats everything all over again.  Confused at first, thinking it might be some kind of dream, it quickly dawns on him that that’s not the case at all; it’s more like a nightmare.  It’s not until his chance encounter with Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) on the battlefield that things start to make sense.  Turns out the same thing had happened to her. 

Something of a curse and a blessing, Cage and Vrataski team up to see if they can use this ability to find out how to defeat the alien invasion.

Edge of Tomorrow is a really fun summer movie.  Needless to say, seeing Cruise die in various silly ways is highly entertaining, but there’s more to it than that, this is a solid sci-fi movie too, based on the Japanese light novel, All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

The aliens look pretty badass and as can be expected from a Cruise vehicle, the effects are outstanding. 

Performances are solid all round, chemistry between Cruise and Blunt is good and develops at a nice rate allowing us to develop with the characters.  

Bill Paxton was particularly amusing as Master Sergeant Farrell.

Comparisons to last year's Oblivion, for me, were unavoidable.  On the whole I preferred Oblivion as I felt there was a more satisfying ending with a bigger payoff.  This was my only real gripe with the Edge of Tomorrow, the ending albeit good, felt a little too neat and tidy wrapped in a proverbial bow. 

I did however like how the movie was set around the UK, Paris and Europe instead of the usual US locations, which always lends to a more interesting aesthetic and vibe.  The battlefield scenes look especially gritty and intense and seeing some decimated French landmarks is always a bonus.

Another thing which was pretty cool is how Cruise and team tried to imitate the movies time loop theme in real life by doing 3 movie premieres all on the same day.  By travelling westwards through time zones, they were able to do premieres in London, Paris and New York all on May 28th 2014.

This is a cool movie, with good replay value and a little something for everyone.  A nice surprise in this summer's movie line up, well worth the price of admission!  Check it out!!!

Rating 4 out of 5


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