Edge of Tomorrow


It’s refreshing to see a summer blockbuster centred around a hapless protagonist. It’s also nice to have Tom Cruise in a movie where he’s clumsy, cowardly, and ineffective – or in other words – not Tom Cruise. Of course, the film’s plot provides a scenario where Cruise’s character evolves to become an indestructible and courageous fighting machine but we know that’s only because he’s able to access reality with cheat codes activated.

William Cage (Tom Cruise) is the military’s media relations officer. His days are spent far away from the front-lines, where millions of soldiers battle the Mimics – an alien foe that bears an uncanny resemblance to the similarly-tentacled machines of the Matrix trilogy. Cage enjoys his work and is glad to be encouraging and inspiring millions of individuals to risk their lives to defeat the enemy, mainly because then it means he doesn’t have to. But the military bureaucracy has other plans for Cage: he’s forced to fight in the largest operation ever attempted in the war. And Cage knows what that order means for a individual like himself (a person who has had no training or combat experience): suicide. But it doesn’t turn out that way.

The battle on the beach turns out to be a disaster; the Mimics know that the soldiers are coming, and millions are unceremoniously slaughtered. Cage dies too; but only after he’s miraculously killed a couple of Mimics himself. As he’s dying, the blood of the dead Mimics mixes with his blood and Cage wakes up…yesterday. Welcome to Groundhog Day: Military Edition.

Edge of Tomorrow is a perfect summer film. It has great action, good characters, and it’s just a fun movie to watch. The whole “time-resetting” concept doesn’t make much sense (the obligatory scientist character explains the rules of the film by referencing the anthropology of the Mimics and how a MacGuffin – whoops, I mean:”Omega” – controls the space-time continuum), so it’s a good idea to leave understanding at the door and just accept that when Tom Cruise dies the day resets. Unfortunately, the film focuses a bit too much on the mission to destroy the Omega to defeat the Mimics and loses a bit of the appeal of the concept. It’s really fun to see the different approaches to similar scenarios, which is a bit disappointing when the climax is a straight-forward action sequence. It would’ve been nice to have a few more “resets” before going straight into the endgame.

Grade: B+

Sidenote: I’m always glad that these “live the same day over and over again” films choose an exciting day. I can only imagine if it was just a normal day and the main character would go through a typical week not realizing he or she is stuck in a time loop.   



One Response to Edge of Tomorrow

  1. Nostra says:

    It was such an entertaining movie which I really am looking forward to seeing again!

    Your sidenote made me think it would be cool to have that happening in a movie. Just a normal work week which such repetitive tasks that he would only find out on saturday that time is looping when he gets a call from work asking why he hasn’t come in.

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