Come See This When You Wake Up
I don’t know how many of you out there remember Exosquad but it involved squads of fighters who piloted e-frames, a humanoid exoskeleton, to ward off extraterrestrial foes. Now add in a dash of Groundhog Day and you’ve got yourself Edge of Tomorrow, a deceptively well though out film that is also unexpectedly humorous. The film follows Major William Cage as he is unexpectedly dropped into an army base days before a major assault on the coast of France. An assault that is eerily reminiscent to the D-Day landing, just kicked up a notch (if that is possible). To say he isn’t ready for this kind of action is an understatement, but the movie plays this up in an entertaining way. When he finally meets his untimely demise he finds himself right where he began inside the army base. The quest to find out exactly what’s going on begins from there.
Edge of Tomorrow is a blend of modern and not so futuristic sci-fi, kind of like District 9. It’s got a fully realized world and alien creatures. Although the film deals with repetition it doesn’t feel like the same event over and over again mainly because not only are the characters trying to make some kind of progression in the war but there are some gags tied into it as well. The plot is well thought out and the characters are wonderful. The acting of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt is strong. There are some actors that steal the show in this movie, mainly Bill Paxton. Edge of Tomorrow is fun, original (a non sequel) and exciting. Just the type of movie that a summer blockbuster needs to be.