Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow ★★★½

Tom Cruise certainly has a knack for starring in standalone science-fiction films; Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Oblivion and now Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise is a household name for fresh, blockbuster material. So why is it then that these movies fail to make any money at the domestic box office? Do we not like Cruise post-Oprah? Do we not enjoy any science fiction outside of comic book adaptations? Who knows. But regardless of the answer, Edge is one of the years best films and you don't need to be caught up with superhero mythology to appreciate it.

I've read a ton of comparisons drawn between Edge and Groundhog Day, and it's definitely a warranted association. But for me the film felt like Source Code meets Mission Impossible meets The Matrix. Furthermore, Edge is very much relatable to a video game; in that, the reset point acts as a check point for Cage, who acts as the controlled hero in a video game. Every time Cage dies he returns to the checkpoint, each time making it further and further based on the knowledge he learns of the battle from the time before. For anyone that's ever played Halo, Call of Duty, etc., it's a resemblance you cannot overlook.

Edge of Tomorrow, strictly as a science fiction film, is very well done. The script is not overburdened with excessive details, explanations or scattered plot points; and the details we do get are so tightly wound into the narrative that they feel effortless. The most exceptional aspect of Edge, however, is it's ability to flip the audience's perspective at will. At times we feel the weight of Cage's frustration by watching him die repeatedly; and at other times we feel as we've been time looped ourselves, not knowing how many times Cage has tried and failed before the camera turned on. The storytelling techniques used here make for an exciting and compelling viewing experience, creating a quick pace for the film that rarely lets off for a moment.

As Cage might say: "The presentation is...terrific!" Brilliant editing and visual/sound fx. The cast is strong--Cruise and Blunt have some unexpectedly great chemistry--and the script finds time to add in some much appreciated comic relief. Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity) has crafted a tightly knit, carefully woven sci-fi thriller that is fun and accessible for everyone.

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