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Review of "EDGE OF TOMORROW"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2014 Revised 2nd January 2015
REVIEW: "EDGE OF TOMORROW" by Jayne Waterford

Doug Liman's "EDGE OF TOMORROW" (2014) is freakin' awesome. And it's funny. This violent and inventive story is told with rough humour and made me laugh out loud heaps tough I was often the only one laughing. Hmmm. Just go and see it, on the big screen before everyone starts talking about its extraordinary details, before you read this review. Go. Go now!

***SPOILERS***

First, let me deal with Tom Cruise. So this guy somehow, through any one of number of media impressions, has become enormously unpopular with many people. Even today the unnamed compare on Event Cinemas in house movie reel said, "if you'd like to see Tom Cruise die repeatedly, this ["EDGE OF TOMORROW" - ed.] is for you."

What I find interesting in his recent work, since Ben Stiller's "TROPIC THUNDER" (2008) and working through Adam Shankman's "ROCK OF AGES" (2012) and beyond specifically, is that it toys with the fallout of these appearances. Les Grossman shocks us with his crude and strangely attractive dancing before we even know it's Cruise. And this is where Tom Cruise

begins treading on our corns. Rather than being the framed Mr. Perfect Features of his youth he is now interesting and funny. Sometimes he is surprisingly revealed to be short. Often his characters have augmented noses. Sometimes, disappointingly, his characters reset, as here in "EDGE OF TOMORROW" and are suddenly the super soldier/athlete, even though it doesn't make any sense in this case for training to be accumulative. Any trace of the unlike-able guise he begins the film in is quashed.

In "EDGE OF TOMORROW" Major Cage looks like an older, action avoiding executive who arrives in a general's office and is made to face an overwhelming enemy. His efforts to avoid action and to desert his new post as private in an officer's uniform stripped of all insignia is an uncharacteristic performance well worth watching.

There is no de ja vu like Joseph Kosinski's "OBLIVION" (2013). Cruise comes to knowing he knows what is about to happen and striving to convince others. His better man breaks out from here. There is total, overwhelming mayhem as Tom sorts out how his new, alien blood induced reality works. His Major Cage explores the world as we do. Cruise takes us there.

Now: aliens :)

This film is about a disconcerting alien invasion of Europe, war in Europe and the aliens... they are amazing.

Think Asimov's indescribable Jovian freed from the pressure of the atmosphere of Jupiter. (Asimov's collection of short stories, "The Rest of the Robots," read "Victory Unintentional," copyrighted 1964) They can travel through any medium, including soil and flail as indescribable, tentacled creatures, used to hundreds of pounds of atmospheric pressure would be able to and then augment from there: They can breathe oxygen. They have mouths like high temperature fuel cabinets and operate like a hive. Only soldiers, called mimics, are the active principle of the Omega, the alien, the one who can be found by a soldier who uses a device that mimics the mimics, once he has been bled on by an injured mimic, on the glorious field of battle.

It's a battle field that recalls World War II on a continent that seems almost inappropriate. Verdun is a contemporary battle sight. I have a feeling the historical battle fought there may have resonance with the plot of our film but I'll have to look into it.

Emily Blunt plays a very hot and sexual, though

demure, highly decorated soldier, Rita, whose image is used in recruiting but who actually leads and is followed by soldiers.

Cage loves Rita. Sex is often suggested and discussed though never shown, hence sexually it is quite PG and its audience subsequently wider.

***MAJOR SPOILER***

There is a too tidy, benevolent ending that I feel grateful for. As in Duncan Jones' "SOURCE CODE" (2011) before it, we loose people so often that it feels different when everyone is okay at the end. It's like we know they'll die. Living another day is okay. Obviously, considering my constant citation of Duncan Jones' work I need to see a lot more science fiction epics.

But when I search for a reference for the way Cage (Cruise) edges forward in fits and starts, gaining a little knowledge about the day every day, the only parallel is Bill Murray's weatherman, Phil in "GROUNDHOG DAY" (1983), particularly his date day with his producer and love of his life Rita (Andie MacDowell). One does wonder how the superior alien has not wiped out the world in that day? The answer is a little obscure. It's about the Omega resetting the day every time a particular kind of sub-ordinate, an

Alpha, is killed.

"EDGE OF TOMORROW" awesome and funny, a Tom Cruise action movie featuring extraordinary creature design. Go see. 9/10

Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2014.

Doug Liman's
"EDGE OF TOMORROW" (2014)
LIVE DIE REPEAT
Director Doug Liman
Producers Jason Hoffs, Gregory Jacobs, Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Erwin Stoff
Stars Tom Cruise (Major Bill Cage), Emily Blunt (Rita Vrataski), Lara Pulver (Karen Lord), Jeremy Piven (Col. Walter Marx)
Release Date 5th June 2014
Category Epic Sci-Fi Adventure
Running Time 113 minutes (1 hour, 53 minutes)
Rating M
Origin USA
Awards
Coda No
http://edgeoftomorrowmovie.com
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Official Blurb "Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “Collateral,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller
“Edge of Tomorrow,” under the direction of Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”)

The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now 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.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

The international cast also includes Bill Paxton (“Aliens,” HBO’s “Big Love”), Noah Taylor (“Lawless”), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle”), Dragomir Mrsic (“Snabba Cash II”), Charlotte Riley (“World Without End”), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood”), Franz Drameh (“Attack the Block”), Masayoshi

Haneda (“Emperor”) and Tony Way (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”).

Liman is directing “Edge of Tomorrow” from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Erwin Stoff produces, along with Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Gregory Jacobs and Jason Hoffs. The executive producers are Doug Liman, David Bartis, Joby Harold, Hidemi Fukuhara and Bruce Berman, with Tim Lewis and Kim Winther serving as co-producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Oliver Scholl (“Jumper,” “Independence Day”), editor James Herbert (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), costume designer Kate Hawley (“Pacific Rim”), and Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Dark Knight”).

“Edge of Tomorrow” is the first motion picture to be shot at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a 3 Arts Production, in association with Viz Productions, a Doug Liman Film,

“Edge of Tomorrow.” Opening worldwide beginning June 6, 2014, the film will be distributed in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow." - Warner Bros. Pictures PR
Copyright: © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. - U.S., CANADA, BAHAMAS & BERMUDA © 2014 VILLAGE ROADSHOW FILMS (BVI) LIMITED - ALL OTHER TERRITORIES
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Caption: EMILY BLUNT as Rita Vrataski in the epic sci-fi thriller ¿Edge of Tomorrow,¿ from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Copyright: © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. - U.S., CANADA, BAHAMAS & BERMUDA © 2014 VILLAGE ROADSHOW FILMS (BVI) LIMITED - ALL OTHER TERRITORIES
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Caption: TOM CRUISE stars as Major William Cage in the epic sci-fi thriller "Edge of Tomorrow," from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Copyright: © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. - U.S., CANADA, BAHAMAS & BERMUDA © 2014 VILLAGE ROADSHOW FILMS (BVI) LIMITED - ALL OTHER TERRITORIES
Photo Credit: David James
Caption: TOM CRUISE as Major William Cage in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' sci-fi thriller "EDGE OF TOMORROW," distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.