DVD Review: Edge of Tomorrow
Another sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise set on an alien invaded Earth sometime in the near future…Is this film a repeat of Oblivion? To be fair I quite enjoyed that film, so was quite relaxed at the prospect of viewing Tom going through his all action hero paces again, all the while flashing his renowned grin. But Edge of Tomorrow easily surpassed Oblivion’s fairly formulaic charms. It’s a fascinating plot and Tom is perfect as the over cocky William Cage, a US officer who has never seen combat and was more suited to his previous career of running an Advertising Agency before the Invasion.
Cage has been working as a military PR man, fronting an extremely successful campaign to get people to sign up for the army. He promotes newly developed mechanised suits bristling with armaments as being able to turn anybody into a weapon of mass alien destruction. But falling foul of a superior officer, Cage manages to get himself reduced to Private and stationed at the front line. A battle is set for the next day, possibly humanity’s last chance to vanquish the rather terrifying aliens known as ‘Mimics’ – flawlessly rendered CGI spider-like aliens, with an alarming ability to move at speed and attack without warning. Strapped into a suit, without even an idea of how to take his weapon’s safety catch off, and dropped onto a beach in France swarming with Mimics, Cage doesn’t stand a chance.
Here’s where the film takes a turn towards Groundhog Day. After dying rather messily during a run in with a Mimic, Cage wakes up and finds himself back at the start of the previous day. The same events run through their paces, and each time Cage is killed, he finds himself forced back to the same point in time, endlessly looping through time. Until Cage fortuitously meets Special Forces poster figure Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) in the heat of the battle he can’t convince anyone of what is happening to him. Blunt is pure soldier, muscled, disciplined and absolutely deadly against the Mimics. She knows what Cage is going through – she has been there herself. Together with a friendly scientist (Noah Taylor) who has been demoted since proposing that the Mimics could alter time, Rita and Cage formulate a plan to put an end to the ‘Queen’ alien who is at the heart of the Mimics. Queue Cage training day after repeated day with Rita, and being coldly dispatched and ‘reset’ by her each time he fails at an exercise. At this point the movie reminded me of nothing so much as a video game, where you are forced to start from scratch each time you die, but you are slightly more skilled and get a little bit further each time.
It could have become boring watching the same day over and over, but Director Doug Liman and his screenwriters skilfully keep the audience engaged with moments of witticism and indeed despair. Based on the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, “All You Need Is Kill”, the Edge of Tomorrow has made the transition to the big screen admirably. It is well worth a look, and if you can, do experience it in 3D for a whole added dimension of fun.
Rating: M Violence & offensive language.