Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
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An alien race, undefeatable by any existing military unit, has launched a relentless attack on Earth, and Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) finds himself dropped into a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage is thrown into a time loop, forced to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. Training alongside warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), his skills slowly evolve, and each battle moves them one step closer to defeating the enemy in this fun action thriller.
- Operation Downfall - Adrenaline Cut
- Storming The Beach
- Weapons Of The Future
- Creatures Not Of This World
- On The Edge With Doug Liman
- Deleted Scene
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On a planet far, far away, a race of highly advance and intelligent beings on an over populated planet sent out nanobots to terraform a distant planet they felt could sustain their life. That planet being Earth.
Upon arriving Earth the ship broke into eight parts while the mothership remained in orbit. 4 parts fell into the sea, the rest on land. All communications from Earth were ignored. After the world's nations finished auguring among themselves it was decided that they blasted the mothership to space bits with missiles. Meanwhile In the depths of the oceans, the machines chanced upon echinoderms—starfish
The nanobots penetrated the rigid endoskeletons of the starfish and began to multiply in symbiosis with their hosts.
The resulting creatures fed on soil. They ate the world and spat out poison. Toxic to earth life but suitable to the beings that sent them. When the machines arrived on land, they concluded that in order to fulfill their objective of xenoforming the planet, they would have to remove the obstacles standing in their way.
That's where the movie starts.
I don't think it's deliberate, but it's a kick (for me, anyway) that the film topsy-turvies those glib early roles Tom Cruise used to play. This is a fantastic character arc for him. Cruise is Major William Cage, smug face of U.S. Army media relations. He's more of a corporate soldier, but the factoring element is that he's a craven corporate soldier. His only combat experience consists of a stint at R.O.T.C. while in college. Cage talks the talk, would rather not walk the walk.
Humanity has been under siege for the past five years from a relentless alien race what seems preternaturally aware of every counter-move made by Earth's defenses. One cool thing to come out of this is that the nations of the world have aligned into the United Defense Forces - so thumbs up, yeah, for solidarity brought about by extreme self-interest. It's been a losing war, except, suddenly, comes the Battle of Verdun which registers the first significant win for our side. And now comes Project Downfall, Earth's one major push for victory. It's an all-or-nothing operation of which first assault wave the war general (Brendan Gleeson) believes requires an embedded media presence so as to record various acts of valor to boost morale. And guess whom he taps for that singular privilege?
Cage, in classic slick Tom Cruise fashion, tries his durndest to talk his way out of it. Quote: "I do what I do. You do what you do. I'm not a soldier." The general doesn't take kindly to this streak of yella and drums him down. There goes Private William Cage being marched into battle and dying quickly and horrifyingly... except that he then wakes up the day before. And lather, rinse, repeat.
So this movie is the boss. It's based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's Japanese light novel All You Need is Kill (awesome title). You can make a case for its being a sci-fi version of Groundhog Day, and so what? You should embrace that. Director Doug Liman executes with sharp direction and breathtaking editing. He doesn't allow the story to lose its impact. He sidesteps the mind-numbing repetition that comes with lazy time loop plotting. Cage's resets are given fresh takes. There's a nice bare minimum done to maintain that connective tissue, so you can keep track from the reset's origin point, but from then on Cage proceeds to new ground. So I like that the movie doesn't hold your hand. You're expected to keep up. There's something gratifying about watching Cage - as he repeatedly endures violent death and ensuing resurrection - progress from wretched, blackmailing pencil pusher to exemplary, self-sacrificing warrior. Like or lambaste Tom Cruise, it's a rewarding hero's journey, and Cruise works really hard here. As ever, he does a lot of his own stunts.
The film benefits hugely from Cruise and Emily Blunt's dynamite chemistry. Blunt's take-no-prisoners Sergeant Rita Vrataski is a far cry from that fawning senior assistant from The Devil Wears Prada. Sgt. Vrataski, nicknamed the Angel of Verdun, is a highly decorated soldier whom Cage runs into time and again, and what they get up to provides the narrative's strong emotional punch. Just as with Linda Hamilton in T2, you don't ever question Blunt as a badass babe. It's funny to me that The Other Women was touted as a female empowerment movie, and yet all the women do in that film is obsess about men. Sgt. Vrataski is a better role model for girls than those women. Sgt. Vrataski is strong and independent and revered by her fellow grunts. She doesn't require men to validate her. In fact, Tom Cruise's character REQUIRES HER to propel his story arc forward. She's that one crucial piece to the puzzle. And, okay, I'm about to sabotage all that impassioned stuff by mentioning that there's also Blunt's Catherine Zeta-Jones back arch, a recurring yoga move that affords moments of giddiness for male viewers. Also, how cool does she look with that big ass sword?
Opportunities for humor surface organically in a time loop premise, and the writer(s) take good advantage of this without going too far or too silly. There's that hilarious training montage where- no, I can't spoil it. Visually, it's fantastic. Great action sequences, spectacular special effects. The aliens are these terrifying, skittering whirlwinds of death - just the thought of having to fend them off makes me break out in sweat.
It's a supporting cast that thrives in their roles - whether it's Brendan Gleeson, who's always beautifully in the pocket in whatever part, or Bill Paxton (sans turtleneck sweater), who is money as the could've-been-corny-but-isn't Master Sergeant, or even that fat guy from J Squad who fights in the buff under his exo-armor.
Nitpicks, not so much. I'm maybe second-guessing that that quirky particle physicist was able to pull a deus ex machina device out his butt. And I had to work hard to make sense of why Cage always resets to his waking up in handcuffs in Heathrow (the "On your feet, maggot!" scene) but then, much later, he wakes up to, well, spoilers. I did work it out eventually, figured out the math and the what happened at what time, even if it crossed my eyes and cramped my brain. Seriously, do yourself a favor and check out Edge of Tomorrow and give it good word of mouth. It's deserving of your support. Whoever handled the awful marketing campaign should be sacked like hacky and like potatoes.
Condemned to die alongside his fellow soldiers when humanity launches its last offensive on the beaches of France against alien invaders, Cruise discovers that he cannot die.
This is where one of my favorite actresses comes in, Emily Blunt, who plays the "Angel of Verdun," Sergeant Rita Vrataski. Turns out she had one Cruise has, and then lost it. That is, she was unable to die too.
It's all part of some weird alien physics that puts Cruise into the future's driver seat. He can now determine events, and so the aliens especially want him dead. The problem for Cruise (and humanity) is that if he doesn't die, if he gets a blood transfusion, he loses his powers.
This leads to a hilarious training session where Blunt tries to whip Cruise into shape and he keeps getting hurt. I won't give it away but watching the movie is well worth it just to see these scenes.
The action sequences are well done. Brendan Gleeson is good as the allied commander-in-chief and Bill Paxton turns in a great performance as a drill-instructor-type NCO. It's a fun movie, full of action and also full of laughs.
The ending requires some explanation and unfortunately, no reviewer can provide that. In fact, they're making a sequel that will explain it all. And I'm looking forward to it.
I said Oblivion was better but Oblivion is one of those films that demands 5 stars plus. I still have to give Live Die Repeat 5 stars for Cruise and Blunt alone.
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I was afraid it'd be morbid but it held the right balance of humor, him trying again, again, again, shot, shot, shot. Ironic humor.Read more