Live. Die. Repeat.
Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s book with the title All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and a cast of rememberable grunts fighting off hordes of alien spaghetti monsters called Mimics.
Tom Cruise plays William Cage, the PR face of the United Defense Force and is tossed onto the front lines by Brendan Gleeson. It’s where he meets Bill Paxton’s Master Sergeant Farell and the motley recruits of J Squad. Farell like Hudson before him is rememberable because he actually gets scenes and while they may move briskly in the beginning Farell and the rest of J Squad get enough history to not become redshirts even though they are forced to relive the same day time after time and not remember it.
The film echoes a lot of D-Day. I don’t know if the film was released on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day for a reason or if it was just blind luck but the blink luck helped when it comes to Operation Downfall. A giant sandy beach that will become a meat grinder when the Mimics know the force is coming and lays waste to everything.
It’s during these moments when William crosses paths with Rita Vrataski played by Emily Blunt. She is not a damsel in distress. She is not a floozie. She is the Angel of Verdun or Full Metal Bitch. She is just as her PR posters show but not as invulnerable and neither is William when J Squad is taken out and he comes face-to-face with a big ole Mimic and destroys it.
It’s this moment when Groundhog Day begins.
Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers.
And it’s fun. Sure it has it’s moments of drama and character development but the movie is fun.
The characters, sets, SFX and repetition is enjoyable.
Enjoyable as much as Captain America: The Winter Solider was.
If Starship Troopers had embraced the mech suits like Edge of Tomorrow then we wouldn’t be complaining years later about their horrible costumes.
If Oblivion had had this much enjoyment I wouldn’t have disliked it so much for the tell not show moments with Morgan Freeman.
There are obvious differences between the book and movie.
The main character of Cage is white washed and thirty years older. And the final battle plays out completely differently but adaptations have been changing things for years.
Remember, Hooper died at the end of Jaws.
I saw in 3-D IMAX and the 3-D for Guardians of the Galaxy was better than the movie. I think the action scenes are too quick for 3-D. 2-D should be fine.
Overall, it’s a great movie to see in the theater and was much better than Oblivion.
And Bill Paxton lives. Game Won, man!