I don’t know about you, but I fucking love Tom Cruise! The guy is not only a good actor but he also has a lot of respect for moviegoers and action movies. How does he have that you may ask? Well he does his own stunts and really commits to the thing he is doing. Also if you see him at premieres and red carpet stuff you see that the guy loves his fans and enjoys interacting with them. And based on those things I have the utmost respect for the guy. Besides, he has been in some of my favorite movies such as “Collateral” (2004), “Interview with the Vampire” (1994) and “A Few Good Men” (1992). And then I heard he was starring in a sci-fi/action movie directed by Doug Liman who made “The Bourne Identity” (2002) which is another one of my favorite movies. So of course I was a little excited and waited until it came out and couldn’t go because I don’t have a job and therefore don’t make money and can go see every damn movie. But anyways, now that it have come out on DVD/Blu-Ray I could finally sit my butt down and have a look at this new movie.
Ladies and gentlemen…”Edge of Tomorrow”!
This movie is about major William Cage (Tom Cruise) who is sent into war to help fight aliens who want to annihilate us. But he doesn’t want to go to war and is therefore basically forced by General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) into it and has been demoted. So when he is in battle he manages to kill one of the aliens that, when killed, gives him a sort of super power. And by killing it I mean he blows himself up. But the twist is that when he gets the blood and guts and stuff of the alien into him he is teleported to the day before. So now whenever he dies he automatically turns back time. Now this premise sounds like it might get incredibly repetitive after a while but it surprisingly works. It doesn’t only focus on Cruise being killed all the time (even though that is a central theme of the movie) but it also focuses a lot on him trying to find a way to get rid of this power with the help of the incredibly badass Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). So you get to see Cruise relive the same day over and over again as he becomes a more skilled soldier and learns more about this power and how to stop it and the aliens. Now I thought the execution of the story really worked and was surprisingly awesome. The only problem I had with it was a thing (will not spoil it) which felt a little forced and I just didn’t think it worked for the story as it was cheesy and as I said… a little forced. But overall I thought the story was great.
The characters in this movie are (for the most part) very fleshed out. All of them had a purpose and they all served it perfectly. Firstly I think we have to get something clear… Tom Crusie in this movie is not the badass you expected him to be. As a matter of fact he is the exact opposite of that. The character of William Cage is a real coward and that makes him a lot more entertaining and relatable. But as you may expect he turns into more of a badass later on. Next up of the two most important characters is of course Rita. As I said before, she is a real badass! She has a backstory which you get throughout the movie and she overall just worked as a character. All the actors in this movie did a great job here. They all gave really good performances and that was nice to see.
The music, while nothing super special, was good. The original tracks by Christophe Beck were good and they worked well for the movie. And the few licensed tracks they used were also working and never over-shadowed anything. So the music in general was good.
Fun fact: This movie is based on a japanese graphic novel called “All you need is Kill”. Sure the characters are japanese in the graphic novel, but hey, it is fun knowing the story of an American movie is based on what you basically can call a manga. Also I have to touch on the action in this movie… it is pretty damn good. I already knew Doug Liman could do action, hell he did “The Bourne Identity”. But never that you could see it this clearly and just have so much fun with it! Also, some shots in the movie were really cool. I also feel like I have to touch on how funny this movie was… it was hilarious. Not only did it have cool action, good acting/story and great visual effects, but it also made me laugh a bunch of times. Most of them were based on the whole “Dying a lot” thing. Most movies would get it wrong and it would be pretty lame but here it just works and I love when movie can do that!
Now how was this movie received? On Rotten Tomatoes it got a 90% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a 71/100. And finally on imdb.com it got an 8,0/10.
“Edge of Tomorrow” got a great story, great acting, good music, great action, great visual effects, great comedy and just kept me interested the whole time. Sure, there was that one part in the story that bothered me a little since it felt a little forced but that doesn’t take away too much from the movie. Time for the final score. My final score for “Edge of Tomorrow” is a 9,59/10. This movie is great, go pick it up it is totally worth it and I will of course grant it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
“Edge of Tomorrow” is reviewed.
If I would die, would I have to do the review all over again?