Published on May 29th, 2014 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
REVIEW: Edge Of Tomorrow
In the near future, an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself thrown into a time loop which forces him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, dying again and again. With each battle and with the help of Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) they’re able to engage their adversaries with increasing skill and could get them closer to defeating the enemy.
Tom Cruise is quite hit and miss these days and has lost some of his movie start persona but even though his movies sometimes aren’t great he is always top notch in them. Thankfully not only is Tom great in this film but the movie is head and shoulders above anything he’s done in the last number of years. If you get away from the ‘Groundhog Day’ vibe of the flick, which it does superbly, this is a fantastically intelligent and funny sci-fi flick, the best since ‘Looper’. That is high praise indeed but it is well earned from director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith) who brings us his biggest blockbuster film to date.
This movie is huge in its spectacle, from Cruise landing in Trafalgar Square at the beginning to the all-out Normandy style invasion with everyone in exo suits, it as action in spades. The time travel/reboot plot device is very well explained and makes for some very funny scenes too where Cruise has to memorise actions to get him further into the fight but to some hilarious results, let’s just say that if you don’t like Cruise then this is still a movie for you as you can watch him die over and over again.
Tom Cruise is great but he won’t win over any new fans as he is just playing a version of himself, although his character has a great story arc as he starts the film as a coward who has to learn to be a hero. Emily Blunt is superb as well, bringing as much macho to the film as Cruise does but also looking fine while she does it. Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton and Noah Taylor pop up for great supporting roles too.
The visuals are stunning throughout with the alien invaders being the most originally designed and brought to life creature I’ve seen in at least 10 years; they are also quite scary at times for a 12A film. Although the movie is great it does a few lows points with the ending, although satisfying, left me a little confused while the last action set piece wasn’t as great as what had come before.
This is a full on Tom Cruise summer blockbuster which has spectacle, great laughs and a very intelligent story to back it up, well worth a trip to the cinema.
‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is out in cinemas now.
Summary: Tom Cruise knocks it out the park with this surprisingly intelligent and funny Sci-Fi epic, highly recommended!!!