Edge of Tomorrow: Review

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Speak to anybody about Edge of Tomorrow (formally the much better titled All You Need Is Kill) and the first thing they’ll say is “Groundhog Day with aliens”. An apt description of this summer blockbuster, it finds Tom Cruise as Major William Cage, a solider who has so far avoided combat in the war against alien invaders named Mimics.

Drafted into a D-Day battle that literally takes place on a French beach, Cage quickly finds himself killed, only to then wake up the day before. Forever caught in this loop, he seeks training from War hero Rita Vrataski and together try to end to the war once and for all.

The best bit of sci-fi I’ve seen since Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Edge of Tomorrow is a superior summer movie that grabbed me from the very beginning and refused to let me go.

Less than two hours long, it runs at a great pace and manages to pack more into it than the majority of butt-numbing 2hr+ blockbusters we often get these days.

Not once was I bored; an especially great compliment considering the necessity for recycled scenes, and the film manages to maintain and build tension throughout.

This is namely down to the films pitch perfect screenplay which oscar winning writer Christopher Mcquarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) had a hand in putting together. It’s clever, full of unexpected but legitimate wit, and manages to raise the stakes just when you think you may have the ending sussed.

Bourne Identity director Doug Liman does a great job, bringing with him a sense of reality straight out of the Bourne films, which enhances the whole experience. There’s something refreshing about having a modern day sci-fi set in Europe, and it offers an excellent backdrop to the more fantastical imagery on display.

Tom Cruise is on top form and proves that when given the right script, he’s still one of Hollywoods all-time great leading men. He plays his character perfectly and you believe in his change from battle virgin to killing machine.

His supporting cast are excellent too (for the most part), Emily Blunt proving a worthy match for Cruise and Bill Paxton putting in a particularly humorous and memorable performance. As for the rest of the cast, it’s basically spot the TV actor with a mixed bag of awful accents, but this is my only criticism of the film.

I hoped that I’d enjoy Edge of Tomorrow, but never thought I would enjoy it as much as I did. It’s original and doesn’t get bogged down in pretentiousness or try to be something more than it is (*cough* Transcendence *cough*).

It’s an exhilarating thrill ride and one of the best times I’ve had at the cinema so far this year. I encourage you to go see this as soon as possible and I’ll certainly be seeing this again and again..

 

 

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