run time: 113 mins
considered: Action, Sci-Fi
director: Doug Liman
starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kirk Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Masayoshi Haneda, Terence Maynard, Noah Taylor, Lara Pulver, Madeleine Mantock
movie summary: Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is a solider in the US Army who has never seen any combat action. After pissing off a senior officer in Europe, Cage is thrown to the wolves on the front lines where he dies. The next morning he wakes up at the base and he begins to relive the same day over and over again until he meets a woman named Rita (Emily Blunt). She is a battle tested warrior who can show him the way out of his recurring nightmare.
Aliens have attacked Earth, mainly Eastern Europe, so the militaries of the world have combined forces and Cage’s job is to recruit new soldiers to replace the ones dying at rapid rates in battle. General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) wants Cage to record the action on the front lines for promotional purposes, which Cage pleasantly refuses to do. Brigham decides to strip him of his ranking, turn him into a private, and send him into J squad. The next morning Cage is dropped from an airplane wearing armour that he has no clue how to work it and the safety on his gun. Naturally he dies within a few minutes of action on the beach because he can’t fire his weapon and is scared out of his mind. Before dying he kills an Alpha alien who spills its guts all over him, giving him the ability to reset the day.
The first few times that he wakes up he tries his best to convince everyone they are doomed and are going to die. They all think he’s crazy even though he begins to save people on the beach every day. He bumps into Rita who realises that he has the power to reset everyday, she tells him to come find her and together they will train to defeat the enemies, then she dies. The next day Cage finds Rita training and tells her his story, she explains that a year ago she had the same abilities and that now he is the only one that can be trained to end the bloody war.
Over the next hundred days Cage and Rite train everyday until he gets it right, when he fails she shoots him and they reset. After training and hitting the beach together during the invasion, Cage and Rita continue to progress across the battlefield but always end up dying. They train harder and rehearse the battle over and over to avoid the same outcome. After coming up empty-handed a few hundred times, the pair decide to pursue their superiors to not launch the beach invasion that never works either.
Frustrated with their inability to advance beyond the beach and find the Omega Alien to kill, the pair decide to try a different approach. There is a device that if injected into a live alien will read its mind and help pinpoint the location of the Omega. It’s never been tested before because anyone who has gotten close enough to an alien dies. Rita knows that Cage shares a bond with the aliens so she wants him to get the device and test it on himself. After escaping headquarters with the device, the pair run into an ambush of soldiers that are ordered to kill them. They try several times to survive the ambush and when they finally do, they have no clue what do because they have never made it this fair in their journey. Cage suffers an injury which threatens to end his ability to reset the day, even if he dies. Rita knows that this night is the their last chance to find the Omega and end the war before humans are wiped off the face of the world. Cage returns to J squad to convince the others to join their mission, it’s a one way ticket and there’s no guarantee that they will achieve their mission. Time is not on their side as the beach mission launches in three hours leaving no room for errors.
my thoughts: Edge of Tomorrow is one the best action movies of 2014. It has the right amount of humour, action, and character chemistry to compliment amazing story telling.
Most people will compare this movie to Groundhog Day and Source Code, which is a valid point, but Edge of Tomorrow is so much better on so many different levels. This movie presents a compiling story that will keep you distracted and entertained while watching the same day over and over.
Tom Cruise may have passed his 50th birthday but he just proved that he still can act. I loved his character in Jack Reacher and enjoyed the depths he takes William Cage in this film. His actions through out the movie will leave you laughing out loud, while his raw emotion and determination will have you rooting for him to eventually succeed. His counter part Emily Blunt shines in her role as the bad ass leader of the armoured fighters. Everyone looks up to as an angel based on her heroics at the Battle of Verdun. She is the only person alive who understands what Cage is going through so she needs to have the patience to train him and work out a strategy to eventually win, whether it’s this year or ten years from now. They interact seamlessly together in the training room and on the battlefield and share the same burning desire to kill aliens.
I’m going to recommend Edge of Tomorrow to everyone I know. It’s a movie that needs to be experienced on the big screen to appreciate the battle sequences, explosions, and aliens. If you manage to watch it in a non 3D theatre, I assure you that you are not missing much except octopus looking aliens flying into your laps.
my star rating: 9 out 10
imdb.com: 8.2 out 10
rottentomatoes.com: 89% out 100%
rogerebert.com: 3.5 out 4