Edge of Tomorrow was recently released into theaters. The film starred Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Bill Paxton. The story followed a reluctant soldier by the name of Bill Cage. Cage is forced into battle by a superior and begins to experience a time loop. Upon first glance the plot-line is very similar to films like Groundhog Day. You have a scrooge like setup where the character is an asshole, they experience a change of heart after seeing how sad life can be, and they change their ways. This film took that approach but added a lot of curve balls. A lot of death and a lot of humor, a combination that is hard to pull off.
Cage begins to experience the same day over and over again. To add a layer of darkness, that day happens to be the future equivalent to D-Day (World War II). Some might say this was done on purpose considering the film's release coincides with the anniversary of D-Day. As most people know, D-Day was an infamous day in history because of the amount of death and slaughter that took place. In “Edge of Tomorrow” this day comes when an alien race has begun to take over the world and the only thing stopping them from taking over Europe is an army of super soldiers. Cruise is assigned active duty against his will and serves with the other soldiers. At this point Cage is introduced to Drill Sergeant Ferrell, played by Bill Paxton. Paxton does great as the Sergeant and since the character is a proud Kentucky boy, Paxton really lays the accent on thick. It makes for some very funny scenes. Later Cage tries to explain his situation to Ferrell but it proves futile and that begins Cage's journey to alter his destiny.
The soldiers wear mechanical suits of armor that are actually quite sleek and cool looking. The suits boast all sorts of fire power ranging from machine guns to rocket launchers. It's like something out of the G.I. Joe cartoon. Unfortunately these weapons aren't enough to stop the incoming invaders, and Cage's platoon does not fair too well. Cage tries to find a solution to the war. On his journey he meets a soldier who has a legendary following, her name is Rita tho on the streets she earns the nickname Full Metal Bitch. Rita killed over 60 of the aliens in a previous battle, so she became a legend of sorts amongst the soldiers. Rita actually rocks a gigantic looking final fantasy sword.
The villains in the film are weird biomechanical aliens called Mimics. These creatures are hard to explain because they are basically mechanical blobs with scary faces. I was not into the creature design at all. It feels like one of those alien villains from the live action Transformers films. One interesting detail is that these creatures use time travel as a form of weaponry, which adds a different layer to their race. Unfortunately the race themselves aren't explored much in the film.
The final fantasy sword that Rita uses isn't the only thing in the film that feels influenced by video games. In fact, most of the film feels like a video game experience. There's the idea of re-spawning (dying and coming back), which is not something you can typically do in movies. Then you have the alien invasion, the giant gun battles, the bad-ass female with a giant sword...it's all very artistic and familiar to video game fans. I think that adds a special layer to this film. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the film and all the unique elements it had. I really enjoyed Cruise's previous sci-fi venture “Oblivion” but I would definitely say “Edge of Tomorrow” is superior. The only thing the film lacked was a memorable soundtrack and perhaps a strong villain presence. The song used in the trailer was far better than any of the drone like songs used in the film. The song in the credits is also quite random and gave me a bad “Men In Black 3” vibe.
Overall I would say I was quite impressed with “Edge of Tomorrow”. Cruise's acting was spot on and for once he wasn't the perfect soldier. Cruise's character in the film was flawed and humorous. Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton both added some enjoyment to the film and I liked the Starship Troopers vibe. If you like science fiction and you enjoy Tom Cruise's acting, this movie would be worth a watch. I might actually purchase this one on bluray. If you want to checkout the original story this film was based on, checkout the graphic novel “All You Need is Kill”. It's a bit different but equally interesting.