Sunday, June 8, 2014

'Edge of Tommorrow' REVIEW

Tom Cruise plays an advertising executive who was supposed to film an attack for the Army.  It's the future and humans are fighting these weird, tentacled aliens called Mimics.  The General orders him to fight with the team.  He makes it clear that he doesn't do that.  He has never been a soldier.  He tries to escape obeying this order and is knocked out by the General's men.  He wakes up on an Army base where he is forced to fight,  He is strapped to a mechanized battle suit and put on a plane.  He dies over and over again, always waking up for the next "try" on a pile of duffel bags, where the soldiers left him the first time.

You've probably seen the trailers and know that Tom Cruise keeps dying and re-living the same day over and over again (ala Groundhog Day).  I must say that one of things that I liked about this movie is that the trailers spoiled very little and some of the more interesting things were still in tact.  I don't even want to tell you why Tom Cruise is the one who can re-live the same day over and over again, but it is explained and there is a science fiction explanation for it, unlike Groundhog Day where Bill Murray had to re-live the day until Andie MacDowell slept with him...or whatever...and no one explained why he had to do this. Remember those scenes where Bill Murray kept trying to kill himself over and over (my personal favorite being when he put the toaster in the bathtub)?  Well, there is some humor like that where Emily Blunt, who knows about Tom Cruise's time warp ability (for a reason that I won't spoil) realizes that they failed at their mission and need to try again, so she shoots Tom Cruise in the head.  ( gore)  Tom Cruise makes alot of weird faces in the movie like he always does when he acts, so it's okay to laugh at him dying over and over again.

Good plot.  They explore the idea of reliving the same day over and over again very well until the end where they have to focus on killing the main alien so the war and movie will be over.  Kind of like "In Time" where they explore the idea of time being currency until it turned into a heist movie.  Sort of like that, but still well-done.  The chemistry between Cruise and Blunt is very good, so you will care about them during the action scenes.  Way better than 'Oblivion', but it won't make you forget 'Minority Report'.

3.5 Risky Businesses out of 5.

Yes, 'Edge of Tommorrow' was the theme song for 'Saved by the Bell: The College Years', so don't bother pointing that out.

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