Thursday, June 5, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow
Releases June 6, 2014
1 hour 57 mins
Rated PG-13


Director: Doug Liman


Tom Cruise as Major William Cage
Emily Blunt as Rita Vrataski
Bill Paxton as Master Sergeant Farrell Bartolome
Brendan Gleeson as General Brigham
Kick Gurry as Griff
Dragomir Mrsic as Kuntz
Charlotte Riley as Nance
Jonas Armstrong as Skinner
Franz Drameh as Ford
Masayoshi Haneda as Takeda
Tony Way as Kimmel
Noah Taylor as Dr. Carter

Review by Stephen M.

Without a doubt one of the better Tom Cruise movies I have seen from him in a long while.  The charisma Tom brings to his character Major William Cage as he is forced to relive a horrific day and still smile brings back tears of joy of Groundhog Day (1993).  While Bill Murray may have thought he had it rough being stuck in a small town due to a blizzard, and reliving that same day, being Groundhog Day.  Bill's troubles pale in comparison to the upcoming end of humanity that William Cage is stuck in a loop for.

The story starts off with the world under attack by alien forces, with the concentration in parts of Europe.  The United Defense Force celebrates a small victory led by Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) or Full Metal Bit.. as she is referred to by her peers.  With exoskeleton suits for the grunts the UDF plans for a final push from several fronts hoping to eradicate the aliens once and for all.  Major William Cage gets drafted unwillingly to the front lines despite having no combat experience after pissing off the commanding officer.  An accident, as I'll like to call it that, since Cage had no idea what he was doing, causes him to be covered in blue blood of one of the aliens they call an Alpha.  And so begins his deja vu.

What I love about the film is the whole premise, the humor and of course the action of the film.  I usually don't like movies where the antagonist is not shown especially for a film involving aliens.  And for a good while in the beginning I thought there would never show the enemy.  They do to some degree, but there's definitely more they could have shown.  Such as what was firing the projectiles at the UDF planes?  Of the aliens or Mimics as they are known that are seen, I love the fluid shadow-like metallic designs.  The Alpha is an impressive beast which I would have loved to see more in action.  In regards to the action, it picks up and builds over time as Cage trains again and again to get better.  With one of the final beach scenes where he runs around J-Squad, the infantry group he is assigned to, and impresses the hell out of them thinking that he is just a raw recruit is amazing and hilarious.  Emily Blunt is great as an action hero in the limited action scenes in which she's involved with.  Despite the film running close to two hours, I wouldn't have mind more of her and the aliens.

Overall, I would highly recommend the film.  This is the type of film in which you want to watch on a big screen with the music and sound effects blasting in a theater.  From beginning to end, the movie had my attention, and didn't disappoint even in the end.  You have to love the humor of the film with Cage being killed again more often than Kenny in South Park.


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