Edge of Tomorrow (2014) – Film Review

Director: Doug Liman
Screenplay: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson
Runtime: 113 min
Rating: PG-13

Over the year, summer blockbusters have come to have a similar recipe: exciting premise, cool visuals and seat-gripping action. Edge of Tomorrow not only follows the recipe really well, but brings something truly unique to the table as well. What you end up watching will definitely be one of the coolest films this summer.

Edge of Tomorrow follows Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) during a time of global crisis, with planet Earth under assault by an alien race unbeatable by any military might. Totally inexperienced in combat, Cage is forced to join what is a suicide mission. The moment the battle begins, Cage dies, only to find himself alive again. Thrown into an unexplainable time loop, Cage relives the battle again and again. However, with each death, he finds himself more skilled, more determined. Together with Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), they take the fight forward, each repeat getting them closer and closer.

Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise described this film as a popcorn movie. That wasn’t him playing the marketing card; that’s the truth. From the moment the film begins, till the very last scene, you are constantly engaged with what can simply be described as a visual thrill ride. Hats off to Doug Liman because the directorial effort is what truly made this film work. It’s not easy playing with a story where various scenes are constantly repeated. Using appropriate cuts, multiple camera angles and different dialogue, the “repeat” factor was very successfully brought to the screen, giving audiences 113 minutes of unique film. Apart from the repetition element of the film, Liman also gave the production the necessary edge it required. What you end up watching is a cross between Terminator and Riddick, and that’s just cool.

Tom Cruise has taken his action-star status and turned it up to 11. Rather than us being thrown into a scenario with a defined character like many of his other films, his Major William Cage evolves with the story, becoming stronger and more sophisticated as scenarios unfold. Then there’s Emily Blunt in her role as tough-woman Rita Vrataski. In Edge of Tomorrow, Blunt sheds off her reputation for playing the simple, romantic-comedy style characters, and dives straight into the shoes of an alpha-female, kick-you-in-the-face superwoman. Her character is sharp and cut-throat (no pun intended), and Blunt’s performance is truly refreshing. It would be a crime not to mention powerhouses Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson, both of whom play vital parts in this film. How was their acting? That’s just a stupid question.

Edge of Tomorrow

Unfortunately, there is one thing that is a bit of a thorn in the whole experience. I’ve nagged a lot about the use of 3D technology and while most of the time it doesn’t add any value, it took away from the experience in this film. The design and CGI teams have put a lot of effort into the creation of the mechanical suits and alien beings, but the 3D makes everything hazy and unclear. The 3D technology can’t keep up with the various battle sequences, so all you end up seeing on screening is a lot of fast moving stuff. Nothing else. In addition, you don’t get to appreciate the detail that has gone into the various designs, which wouldn’t be the case in standard 2D. Everyone has their preference, of course, but this film would have been more appreciated without 3D.

Brilliant performances, stunning visuals, epic music and a sophisticated story are just some of the reasons you should catch Edge of Tomorrow when it makes it’s way to theatre’s on June 6. It’s a fun thrill ride, one that you will want to watch over and over again (no pun intended again!).

The Breakdown
  • 9/10
    Direction - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Performances - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Screenplay - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Cinematography - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Music/Sound - 8/10