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.
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In a not too distant future an alien race called `The Mimics' are quickly taking over large populations of Earth. Major William Cage (Cruise), a spokesman for the United Defense Forces, is not a military man, but that doesn't stop General Brigham from ordering him to take up arms and join the front lines of the battle to take back France; a sort of D-Day reboot with Aliens.
"Edge of Tomorrow" uses the same storytelling method as "Groundhog's Day", "Looper" or "Source Code" and surprisingly brought some of that "Groundhog's Day" humor along for the ride. Major Cage is a fish out of water as he is suited up in the high-tech exo-skeleton battle armor and the creators use the time looping moments to successfully hilarious moments.
Bottom line, Tom Cruise makes great movies and "Edge of Tomorrow" is no exception. It is everything that is great about summer blockbusters and it is everything that has been forgotten about cinema in general. There once was a time when you weren't so certain about the fate of the characters in your movie, full-well knowing that they are either invincible or planned for the sequel. There once was a time when action movies made you actually feel something other than, "Eww, that was cool." And it does that as well.
"Edge of Tomorrow" is a must see for every reason possible. You care about Cruise's Major Cage and you care even more about Emily Blunt's Rita Vrataski (Angel of Verdum). The movie uses the wide possibilities of film and entertainment to the fullest, never letting up and knowing when to be serious and when to have fun with its premise. This is the kind of movie that we need more of and less of the special effects heavy movies that make you feel absolutely nothing. Finally, somebody managed to combine special effects and awesomeness with emotion, humor and meaningfulness.
Edge was as critically appreciated as so much spun pink sugar on a paper stick bought on a boardwalk. It went unrecognized by critics who, I think, saw it merely as Groundhog Day Gone to War.
There is no chance for nomination for Cruise in this movie. But the Academy should pay more attention to him and the impressive work Cruise did in movies from Magnolia to Tropic Thunder. The guy has a gift for comedy and might be considered for future nominations in Best Supporting Actor category since anything near as weighty as Born On the Fourth of July is not likely and the guy deserves something before a lifetime achievement award comes into consideration.
Right now, Edge of Tomorrow's script and special effects should not go unremarked.
As for that comparison to Groundhog Day, that should be a prod, not a dismissal.
The Academy let that beautifully scripted and acted movie pass without note. Groundhog Day's trope of returning to do better resulted in one guy becoming a caring human and helping others. This time out one guy's change results in the world being saved and he is resurrected to boot.
Resurrection! I mean what does a scriptwriter have to do for some recognition?