Review – Edge of Tomorrow

Posted: May 8, 2015 in Film, Sci-Fi
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I don’t watch a film if I haven’t read the book but this is an exception to the rule (and one that has made me really want to get hold of a copy of All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka). Edge of Tomorrow has been on my wish list for a while and the rare chance to watch a film saw me take it with little pause. There’s a number of great sci-fi movies out there that I’ve not had an opportunity to see, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to keep crossing films off the list (I’m looking at you Snowpiercer).

Directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow is awesome high-spec, future tech, alien invasion sci-fi at its most rip-roaring best. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is a charismatic media relations officer in the United Defence Force (UDF) who is forced to join in an invasive battle against humanities foe. His cowardice, brilliantly portrayed by Cruise, gives him an uncanny ability to survive the onslaught awaiting the human troops. However when cornered by one of the higher forms of alien, Cage decides to die with honour and use a claymore to destroy himself and the monster.

This is where the film takes a turn, blending Groundhog Day with Starship Troopers. Killing the alien, Cage unwittingly links with the hive mind of the aliens and begins to experience the same day over and over as he is killed again and again in the invasion. Like a video game, he begins to learn and adapt, becoming a better warrior. Finally he he mets Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) who, it turns out, experienced the same weird time loop.

With Cage on repeat, the two form a bond, battling to get further through the battle in the hope of defeating the ‘mind’ and securing victory for humanity. The training sequences are sadistic as every time Cage fails or is injured, Vrataski kills him to restart the loop. Cruise does an excellent job of showing his character’s decline into despair as he sees his comrades killed over and over whilst the weight of his repetitive deaths begin to crush him.

It’s a fantastic story and the inevitable blockbuster ending is a set piece worth waiting for. A huge shout out has to go to the design team behind the armour and weaponry of the UDF but also to the creators of the alien force. Scary, innovative and unique, the aliens give credence to the visual excellence that is Edge of Tomorrow. A great story, brilliant acting and cast with the special effects to truly make it all believable, this is definitely up there as one of my sci-fi favourites.

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