Edge of Tomorrow – Groundhog Day meets Aliens
When I first saw the previews for Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise I thought, someone took Groundhog Day and crossed it with Aliens, the second film in Segourney Weaver film series. In many ways I was dead on, however, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a good combination. In recent years, I haven’t been especially thrilled with Cruise’s work, because most of his films have had all the focus on him, no real development of other cast members, and very little sense of humor in his films.
Things seem to have changed, at least to an extent. Is Cruise still the primary character on the screen, yes. However, this time there was more character development with the other characters. Edge of Tomorrow felt like it had a full cast for once. There was also some really excellent humor in the film. According to the director, Doug Liman, Cruise not only put up with some of the humor and less than heroic things that Liman suggested for his character, he embraced them. So my kudos go to Liman for moving Tom in that direction and Tom Cruise for going along for the ride. This is the best film he’s done in years.
Emily Blunt does a great job as the kickass female counterpart that trains Cruise into a not only a real soldier but into an phenomenal one. She takes no prisoners with Cruise, …literally, as she repeatedly kills him to reset time. It’s wonderful to see a strong female character in the movies, especially a heavily action oriented film like Edge of Tomorrow. Emily plays a really tough soldier type without being a butch-type… it’s about time!
Christopher McQuarrie (perhaps son of Ralph McQuarrie, a brilliant matte painter and concept artist from the 70s and 80s), Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth, did a great job with the script which was adapted in some way from a book called All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. I don’t know how much the book came into things, but it’s obviously heavily influenced by Groundhog Day, which starred Bill Murray. One of the things they obviously learned from that film, was if you were going to keep repeating a day, you had better keep a sense of humor about it.
This is a must see film for viewing at a theater. It just won’t be the same at home on a small screen. So, go out. Take your significant other out on a date, and see a really fun shoot ’em up bang bang sort of film. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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