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“Edge of Tomorrow” – Review (POSITIVE)

June 15, 2014

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Every time I see a trailer for the NEXT Tom Cruise venture a mixture of emotions run through my body, naturally I’ll first react with a sigh, followed by the end all result of agreeing with myself that’ll I’ll more than likely end up seeing the movie. Nine times out of ten, every time I go through this transition I end up being surprised the movie itself.

However, Cruise’s last few pictures, “Oblivion” “Rock of Ages” to name a few, haven’t faired well. But every few stinkers, there’s always a surprising one that sneaks by, whether it’s “Ghost Protocol” or “Jack Reacher”, somehow Tommy boy manages to find a few new surprises in familiar cinematic territories. With “Edge of Tomorrow”, Cruise manages to exceed on all levels, and I’m certainly stunned by this film; with lame trailers, and perhaps a title that reigns as one of the worst since “Movie 43”, my expectations were moot at best.

In the not so distant future, an alien race known to us as ‘Mimics’, lead an unrelenting assault upon our planet. Identified as an unbeatable virus, our strongest military units cannot stand up to them as well as they intended. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat, is discourteously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, but before hand, the alien that attacked him on the beaches of Frances, spews a large amount of it’s acid blue blood, seeping into Cage’s blood, without a moment for his corpse to rot, Cage reawakens the day before the big military strike.

Cage finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. This ability he’s acquired has been the key to the ‘Mimics’ success of winning, but with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who also procured the time-loop ability in her past battles. As Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy for good.

Best way to describe this movie would be “Terminator” meets “Aliens” with a dash of “Groundhog Day”, which in my opinion makes a delicious bowl of cinematic chowder. “Edge” is a pure summer popcorn fest, and it knows it, and it plays that to its advantage. The movie has fantastic pacing, memorable characters, and surprisingly really funny, I wasn’t expecting the amount of humor the movie was presenting, by the looks of the trailer I’d assume the movie would’ve taken itself too seriously, and thank goodness it didn’t.

Screen shot 2014-06-15 at 5.10.36 PMScreenwriter Chris McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”) crafted yet another dynamic story featuring a gang of rag-tag troublemakers, delinquents, cowards, and psychos, all playing a crucial part in the plot device the film has. McQuarrie I feel has a knack for group dynamics, colorful characters, unique ticks and classic lines. Bill Paxton’s Master Sgt. Ferrell is one for the ages, and I’m certain his character will be remembered as one of the best supporting comedic roles in action sci-fi film for quite a while.

Cruise and Blunts performance fair strong, leaving a perfect balance of humor and sincere earnest drama, again the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, if it did, I feel as though the movie would’ve come off more like a Michael Bay actioneer. Honestly, this movie is a perfect reassurance that the films main star, Cruise, can still hold his own in a big blockbuster to this day, and if you really think back, when was the last time he did something remotely this fun, where he himself looked like he was enjoying the ride?

GRADE: A

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