Studio: Warner Bros.
Reviewed by: Jordan C.
While there will inevitably be comparisons to Groundhog Day and Source Code, Edge Of Tomorrow is its own thing. Sure, the concept of reliving a day is common to them all, but director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) does a great job of making the film about Lt. Cage’s character progression rather than time travel or the alien invasion that is the backdrop here.
Most will know Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are the leads in Edge Of Tomorrow, but the supporting cast didn’t get much screen time in the trailers, so it’s a good surprise when genre film royalty Bill Paxton (Aliens) and Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter franchise) show up as Master Sergeant Farell and General Brigham respectively. All of a sudden, this whole production seems a little more serious.
I don’t always pay a ton of attention to editing (only if it’s really bad, would I usually even mention it). However, in the case of Edge Of Tomorrow, the editing really must be applauded for how it highlights the ideas and often facilitates the humour. The story is not told in a linear fashion, so many gaps are left in Cage’s initial day as to leave room to develop Cage (Cruise) and Rita’s (Blunt) relationship. It never becomes full out romance, which is a relief. Far too many action movies lose their momentum due to a romantic subplot.
Now, you don't question it when you are caught up in the film but afterwards, when I thought back on the premise and how it played out, I had four nagging questions. [Possible spoilers] Why would the aliens “time reset” tech be based on an Earth day? I remember mention of Alpha Mimics being extremely rare but wouldn’t at least a couple more soldiers have gotten Alpha blood on them during this invasion? How did the Mimics survive insane amounts of automatic gunfire sometimes, and other times they would fall with one shotgun blast? They didn’t seem to shape-change into anything, so why are they called Mimics?
Plot hole gripes aside, this is one of the better movies so far this year, and definitely leading the sci-fi pack. Edge Of Tomorrow thoroughly entertains, and at just shy of two hours, I’m impressed that at no time during the movie did it feel long or dragging.