“A solid dose of the D-Day landing scene from Saving Private Ryan mixed finely with Groundhog Day with a sprinkling of Matrix style mech suits fighting Sentinel like aliens for good measure”
Edge of Tomorrow Review
By Simon Jago
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Director(s): Doug Liman
Screenwriter(s): Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Running Time: 113 minutes
With a back catalogue featuring films such as “Jumper”, “Mr and Mrs Smith” and “The Bourne Identity” a film which everyone else seems to think is amazing but I find average and unmemorable (apart from Matt Damon riding a body over a balcony several floors and surviving unscathed some how?) , I feared that Doug Liman would take what is essentially a very interesting idea based on the manga series “All you need is kill” and ruin it with a mediocre uninspired vision. However, I eat my words. I think that Edge of Tomorrow is one of the best science fiction films I’ve seen in recent years.
Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) a media representative of the army is ordered to the front lines of a D-Day style assault on the French Coast against an alien invader nicknamed “Mimics”. While fighting in the battle he dies but to his surprise wakes up at the beginning of that day. He then relives all the events leading up to the battle only to die and re-awake again and again. He eventually meets Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) another soldier and symbol of the war effort who has experienced her self what Cage is going through and commands him to look for her the next time he dies and wakes up.
Edge of Tomorrow is essentially a solid dose of the D-Day landing scene from Saving Private Ryan mixed finely with Groundhog Day with a sprinkling of Matrix style mech suits fighting Sentinel like aliens for good measure and this is a recipe the results in a thoroughly enjoyable movie! I felt at the beginning the film shamelessly flaunted it’s references and inspirations that it was poorly imitating. Bill Paxton and the cocky marines screamed of James Cameron’s “Aliens” and the whole boot camp was very reminiscent of “Full Metal Jacket”, Emily Blunt’s character is even called “The Full Metal Bitch” for Christ sake but… Once the film reaches the time travel element it really evolves into it’s own beast and a beautiful beast at that.
All the ideas that have gone into this film are brilliant. With a release date close to the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings it’s clear they wanted to pay particular attention to the battle scenes to pay homage to actual historical event, just this time with mechanised war suits fighting aliens instead of Nazis. The design of the suits is great and based on the powered exoskeleton that is currently being developed by DARPA as we speak. The aliens are refreshing original with exceptional detail given even to alien way in which they move and engage in combat.
The only real weakness for me is the ending. There was real potential for something horrific and dark and they took the Hollywood route but I guess given the relentless death and killing throughout the film it’s forgivable. Well worth a watch.