“Edge of Tomorrow” review
Casey Matlock; Reporter
“Edge of Tomorrow,” director Doug Liman’s new science-fiction vehicle for Tom Cruise and co-star Emily Blunt, opened on the seventieth anniversary of D Day, and paid tribute to the massive and decisive Normandy landing by converting the scenario into a futuristic style. The brilliant blend of fantasy and history similar to a video game, and is the best thing “Edge of Tomorrow” has to offer.
“Edge of Tomorrow,” is essentially “Groundhog Day” meets “Saving Private Ryan.” Viewers experience a video game style environment with both the excitement and frustration of getting through levels.
The premise for “Edge of Tomorrow” come into question when the world is battling alien creatures who have killed hundreds of millions of people in Europe. Not to mention, the allied army, known as the United Defense Force (U.D.F.), is planning a top-secret mobilization to cross the English Channel and gain a defended positon on the beach in France in order to reconquer from the aliens. The evening before the mission to land on the beach, Cruise’s character, Major William Cage a U.D.F. information officer, is ordered to be placed in a combat battalion in order to “sell the war” to the citizenry.
Luckily for Cage, his “curse” to die repeatedly affords him a limitless capacity to learn on the job, and each return to battle is another lesson in warfare and a chance to discover the enemy’s vulnerabilities. Each reawakening lands Cruise back at the British base, Cage discovers a mentor within the base named Sergeant Rita Vrataski, played by Emily Blunt, who is a commando fighter and was the heroine of the U.D.F.’s one prior military victory. Vrataski trains Cage and accompanies him into battle.
At the same time as Cage’s spare lives allow him to master the monsters, we learn that the monsters’ central brain has allowed Cage to be regenerated on purpose. The monster brain is using Cage to learn how humans fight. When Cage and Vrataski figure this out, they recognize that they have to get one step ahead of the aliens, and must anticipate each move in advance, in order to make their decisive advance toward Paris and destroy the brain.
“Edge of Tomorrow” has ingenious plot development yet aspects of the movie are either accidentally or purposely repetitive. It is understandable that Cruise’s character has to relive his life each time he dies, but this scenario becomes redundant and makes the viewer ready to move on and practically beg for Cage not to die again. Blunt’s character Vrataski provides a refreshing take on the female lead. Rather than the typcal damsel in distress that has to rely on sexual appeal to attract the viewer, Vrataski acts as a viable aid to Cage in the story and portrays a strong female role with a sensitive side that isn’t over powering or pathetic.
“Edge of Tomorrow” is an intense thriller with subtle comedic moments that keeps the viewer entertained and craving for a sequel. Despite the repetitive aspects that were predictable and redundant, the film has strong creative plot twists and makes the viewer feel as if they were in a first-person shooter video game.