Edge of Tomorrow
Director: Doug Liman
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Based on: Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton
Humanity is at war with aliens and slowly losing. William Cage (Tom Cruise) is the face of the United Defense Force. But just the face – until he is sent into combat by General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson). Cage practically has to be dragged there and is promptly killed by an alien – only to awake again about 12 hours before his death. Together with the war heroine Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) who has been through the same thing, he tries to put an end to the aliens.
Edge of Tomorrow is an exciting film with great special effects. It leaves no action movie cliché unfeatured, but it does so most charmingly. If you’re able to accept that this film will give you only tried and true tropes, storytellingwise, you’re in for a really good time.
I’m honestly not sure why Cage was necessary as a character. I would have loved to see Rita kick ass and see more of her story in general. But I guess that’s just one of the stereotypes this film had to feature: the white, male, reluctant hero who saves the world. And somehow I had no problem with pushing my usual qualms away and just enjoy the ride.
It probably has to do with the pacing of the film that is excellent. Or the design of the aliens that it is, frankly, amazing. The way they move, the way they look – I don’t think I’ve ever seen creatures like that. As in Attack the Block, this innovative design was just really exciting.
It could also have been the cast. Tom Cruise, as much as people like to make fun of him and as much as I don’t like him personally, is a good leading man, making the action believable and delivering just the right amount of humor. And Emily Blunt is just wonderful (another reason why it would have been awesome if there had been more Rita).
Plus, I’m a sucker for time travel. So, Edge of Tomorrow doesn’t reinvent the genre. But it takes the parts that work and makes something entirely enjoyable out of them.