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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow

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Director: Doug Liman 

Writer: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Hiroshi Sakurazaka (wrote the novel “All You Need is Kill”)

Starring:  Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton

 

Plot:  An officer finds himself ccaught in a time loop in a war with an alien race.  His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.

 

 

Rate It: (0 to 3 guys)

 

Adam:

2guys copy

 

 

ABG: 

2andHalfGuys

 

Griff:

2guys copy

 

 

So what did you think? 

Adam – A time travel movie with Tom Cruise fighting the monsters from The Matrix, must be summer time.  A good way to spend two hours on a hot summer afternoon that got spoiled a little bit by a sappy nonsensical ending.

ABG- Quite a bit of humor for an action movie.  Action movies are apparently still nice to Tom Cruise.  2 hours of my life that I don’t regret. Took me most of the movie to figure out why I recognized General Brigham.

Griff – Pleasantly surprised by this one. The trailer made this look awful but it is a surprisingly effective and enjoyable sci-fi action movie. It suffers a bit from the usual suspension of disbelief but it is a enjoyable watch and a decent summer movie.

 

 

Any thoughts before you saw the movie? 

Adam – I hope this is better than Oblivion.

ABG – ANOTHER “live the same day again” movie?  Thankfully director Doug Liman has some experience with action films and that maybe this one might actually be good.

Griff – This really looked awful. I wasn’t looking forward to watching this movie at all.

 

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Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative? 

Adam -  This was sort of an alien invasion version of Groundhog Day.  So while not exactly what I would call original it was highly entertaining.

ABG - The idea of time travel has been done A LOT in Hollywood.  Sometimes it works and sometimes not.  I’m not sure if this really qualifies as “time travel” so much as a “time loop.”  (Sorry…geek moment.)

Griff – This time travel trick seem to be the sci-fi plot of the moment but Liman manages to keep things feeling fresh and interesting.

 

 

Did you think the script was well written? 

Adam – I actually did not have many complaints script wise with the exception of the films conclusion.  The ending seemed a bit contrived as well as not making much sense from a time travel angle, based on what was presented in the film previously.

ABG – On the whole I had no problems with the script.  The characters all behaved exactly the way they I thought they should considering the fantastic situation they’d been thrust into.  The dialog never felt forced.  The bit about what the alien blood did seem a bit hokey.

Griff - The ending was a bit contrived and wrapped things up a little too neatly but otherwise I don’t really have any complaints here.

 

 

Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

Adam – Bill Paxton as Master Sergeant Farell cracked me up.  I wish he had been given the lead.

ABG - No bad performances that I can think of.  I was actually quite impressed with Bill Paxton.  The one thing that did bother me, (although I can’t possibly explain why), was the way the aliens moved.  As I sit here and think about it they kinda reminded me of the aliens in Darkest Hour (2011).

Griff - I am not a huge Tom Cruise fan but he was a effective in this one. This is his type of role and he performs well. Emily Blunt also had a decent performance.

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Do you remember a song from the film?

Adam – Not an actual song I could recall but the score by Christophe Beck sort of reminded me of playing Halo.

ABG - There were a couple of songs that I did not recognize.  Sometimes it’s nice NOT to have songs that are familiar.

Griff - Hmmmm… nope.

 

 

What was your favorite line? 

Adam – “Come find me when you wake up!”

ABG – During a training montage: “Again.  Again.  Again.”  “The only thing I can feel are my lips,” comes in a close second.

Griff – “We should just reset”

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What would have made this a better movie?

Adam - I would have reworked the ending, otherwise I have few complaints.

ABG – Maybe I missed it in the movie, but I really wanted an explanation of why they were called “mimics.”  And maybe some more of Major Cage’s training.

Griff - There are some elements of this film that are very derivative. The aliens look a little to close the baddies in the Matrix movie and the ending is a little bit meh.

 

 

Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?

Adam - If you are looking for a movie to watch at the theater you could do a lot worse than checking this one out.

ABG – In my opinion every movie could benefit from being seen on IMAX. With this movie I think you’re okay on a regular screen.  But definitely don’t wait for the disc, catch this one in the theatre.

Griff – This is an enjoyable summer movie that is worth checking out in the theater.

 

 

What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film? 

Adam – A few of my favorite time travel films include Donnie Darko, 12 Monkeys and The Terminator.

ABG – I’m gonna go with Battle Los Angeles (2011) for the alien invasion aspect, Groundhog Day (1993) for the time loop and Bill Murray aspect, and Minority Report (2002) for another good Tom Cruise sci-fi movie.

Griff - War of the Worlds (1953), Starship Troopers (1997), for the alien invasion thing, for the time travel thing… Triangle (2009), or Time Crimes (2007).

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Any final thoughts on this movie? 

Adam -  I love making fun of Tom Cruise but I have to admit despite all his shortcomings the guy can carry and action film.

ABG – I was kinda disappointed that the movie deviated so much from the source material.  If you get a chance read the book on which this movie is based.  The ending is different for both of the leads.  I’m also pretty sure that the battle armor they wear in this movie is pretty similar to the jump suits that would’ve been in Starship Troopers (1997) had Paul Verhoeven chosen to follow that path.

Griff - Edge of Tomorrow is a good movie. It has an interesting story and plenty of action. It moves along at a good pace that keeps the time travel aspect from becoming boring and repetitive. So far, this is my most surprising movie of the summer.

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New on DVD (June 2nd, 2014)

New On DVD

 

5 new releases to discuss this week and a few that look somewhat interesting.

First up we have

Robocop

RoboCop

This reboot was getting a lot of hype upon release but that hype quickly faded.  I do have an interest in seeing this and will look to rent this soon.

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

Marky Mark stars in this one minus the funky bunch.   People were pretty pleased with this in the theater and looks like a good action flick.

Son of God

Son Of God

Another in a long line of films about Jesus, not getting the best reviews but I love a biblical tale when it is done well, we will see.

Goodbye World

Goodbye World

This dramedy revolves around a family who live off the grid but when a cyber attack invades the country they escaped from this family gets overwhelmed by people seeking shelter.

The Pretty One

The Pretty One

A coming of age film where a girl breaks out of her shell by pretending to have a twin. She plays both in what seems to be a comedic look at finding oneself.

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Godzilla

Godzilla

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Director: Gareth Edwards
Writer:
Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham
Starring:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

 

Plot: The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

 

*** We had our friend and resident Godzilla expert AGB (Angry Bald Guy)  help us out with this. *** 

 

Rate It: (0-3 guys)

 

Adam:

2guys copy

 

ABG:

2guys copy

 

Griff:

2guys copy

 

 

So what did you think? 

Adam – Silly summer time giant monster fun.  The acting was a bit hammy and Elizabeth Olsen keeps her clothes on so there is that.

ABG - Glad that I saw it in IMAX 3D.  Anything else would’ve been a letdown.  It’s the least I could do for Godzilla.

Griff – It is fun movie to watch. Is it perfect? No. But it is a good time. The acting is a bit flat, that characters are one dimensional, and special effects are amazing. Yep, its a summer movie.

 

 

Any thoughts before you saw the movie? 

Adam – I liked Director Edwards first film Monsters (2010) and was hoping this was gonna be similar but with more familiar monsters.

ABG – If this movie sucks I swear to God I’m going to kick Gareth Edwards square in the ass.

Griff – I was a big fan of Edwards Monsters so I was interested to see what he brought to the table.

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Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative? 

Adam -  This has got to be the tenth Godzilla film I have seen and this installment had a lot of similarities to several other films.  However, I think some of that sense of familiarity may have been a conscious decision on the part of the director and writers.

ABG - Kinda hard to be fresh when your source material is 60 years old, but I was pleasantly surprised at the spin they put on Godzilla’s origin. As much as they told us about, anyway.

Griff – Well, yet another Godzilla film. They have been making them since the 1950’s but this manages to stay fresh while still paying homage to its predecessors.

 

 

Did you think the script was well written? 

Adam -  Delaying the large monster battles to the end of the film was a no brainer.  The rest of the plot was a bit ridiculous.  Why does everyone have to destroy the Golden Gate Bridge?

ABG – The action scenes seemed pretty spot on to me.  The dialog came off a bit hokey although that had more to do with poor Ken Watanabe.  He was really given drivel to work with.

Griff - Truthfully it’s a bit silly. I don’t mind the delay in seeing Godzilla but you need to make the side story a little more engaging.

 

 

Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

Adam – Was that Bobcat Goldthwait reprising his performance from One Crazy Summer (1986) in a Godzilla costume?

ABG – I absolutely did not like Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s performance at all. He really just seemed to be going through the motions.  I was disappointed with Ken Watanabe but, as I stated earlier, I blame the way his character was written.

Griff - Ken Watanabe spent the whole movie with a look on his face like he was having bathroom issues. I can never get enough Elizabeth Olsen in any film. I just wish she was utilized better.

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Do you remember a song from the film?

Adam – Nope but the score by Alexandre Desplat was dark and brooding as it should have been.

ABG - Was there music other than the movie’s score?  I do remember a definite lack of reference to any of Akira Ifukube’s original Godzilla scores.

Griff - I saw monsters fighting…

 

 

What was your favorite line? 

Adam – Roarrrrrrr with some atomic breath

ABG - “Let them fight.”  (And it turned out to be a pretty good fight, too.)

Griff – “Let them fight!”

 

 

What would have made this a better movie?

Adam -  I would have ditched the Elizabeth Olson character and kid subplot. Or at least had them eaten by a MUTO.  It would have also been nice if they had secured the licensing to some other monsters rather than the MUTO from the film.

ABG - A female lead I actually cared about and more for Ken Watanabe to do than just stand around and look curious.

Griff - A more engaging story in the beginning. Some stronger performances from the leads and some characters that weren’t so one dimensional.

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Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?

Adam - Not gonna lie this looked pretty sweet in IMAX.  Especially since it was Mark’s turn to pay.

ABG – If you don’t see this this on the big screen you are missing out.  I strongly suggest IMAX 3D if it’s still available.

Griff – If you are going to see it, you may as well go big and see it in IMAX. It was a spectacle.

 

 

What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film? 

Adam – The Troll Hunter (2010) and Them (1954) are both entertaining giant monster films for you to give a watch.

ABG – Pacific Rim (2013), not the greatest but admit it: you’re waiting for a sequel; King Kong (1933), the original “monster” running around town; Gojira (1954), not the Americanized version…

Griff - If for some reason you haven’t seen the original film Gojira (1954) that is a must see. I thought Troll Hunter (2010) was surprisingly entertaining for the budget and it is worth checking out as well.

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Any final thoughts on this movie? 

Adam – Where is my Hollywood big budget Gamera remake?

ABG – My brother once said to me that Morgan Freeman was put into subpar movies not to rescue them, but to add credibility. Ken Watanabe is like a Japanese Morgan Freeman.  I’m not saying this was a bad movie. Far from it.  It just seems to me like Gareth Edwards brought him in to help and then didn’t give him anything to work with.  My complaining about poor Ken Watanabe aside I enjoyed this movie.  I hope the sequel (yes, it’s coming) has characters I care about.

Griff - This was leaps and bounds better than the last hollywood Godzilla film. Hopefully the sequel will get us some more of the the other classic monsters from the Godzilla franchise. Overall this was a fun summer movie. It’s worth checking out but don’t spend a lot of time working over the plot. Just watch and enjoy it for what it is.

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New on DVD 5/6/14

New On DVD

 

5 new releases to take a look at:

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

Released in theaters on March 14th Veronica Mars broke the mold.  It was the first time one of the 6 major Hollywood Studios (Warner Brothers) released a movie in theater and for in home viewing o the same day.  Veronica Mars was a project crowd-funded on kickstarter and based on a TV series of the same name, that was cancelled much to the chagrin of its’ loyal followers.  I have yet to see this film or the show but I am a fan of Kristen Bell so I will hopefully get to see this soon.

Still Mine

Still Mine

Love story starring James Cromwell that is based on a true story.  From what I read about the film Cromwell was excellent and the story and light but moving.

After the Dark

After the Dark

Interesting concept movie when a philosophy teacher challenges his class to a final thought experiment.  Suspense, horror, thriller as the group gets all Lord of Flies and as people start taking sides as the lines of theory and reality blur.

The Legend of Hercules

The Legend of Hercules

Seems like nonone likes this film as it is a rotten 3% on Rotten Tomotoes and is getting sliced and diced by critics and audiences.

Labor Day

Labor Day

I have a lot of interest in seeing this one as it was shot in the next town over from me in Sutton MA.  I wrote an article a while back regarding this.  No success in the theater and with these two actors you should have had more.  Winslet and Broden star in this tale of a Mother and her son and a criminal hiding out in their house.  Hoping to check his one out this week.

That’s it that’s all

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