Edge of Tomorrow
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)
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.
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.
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”
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).
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.