‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Review: A Movie You Won’t Mind Seeing Again… And Again

Edge of Tomorrow may first strike you as a sci-fi version of Groundhog Day, and that wouldn’t be entirely incorrect – though it would be a tad simplistic description. The film, directed by Doug Liman tells the story of an European alien invasion which seems hopeless. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) evolves from a government PR frontman into a non-enthusiastic solider who finds himself stuck in a time loop – trapped living out the same interactions and combat situations over and over. As soon as he dies – he is reborn into the same morning before the battle ensues. Cage reaches out to fellow fighter and badass Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), and he slowly (really slowly) starts to develop skills that helps them move closer to defeating the enemy.

I have to admit that when I first saw the trailers for the film this past spring, I had my reservations. However, I heard nothing but positive reviews from other journalists I admire as well as the majority of movie-goers. The DVD definitely exceeded my expectations. The film was unexpectedly funny and surprisingly not boring even though we did live through some of the same scenes again and again (though ever so different each time around).

I’m not a huge Tom Cruise fan, but the man makes great movies – and Edge of Tomorrow is no exception. Cruise gives a solid performance along side an equally impressive Emily Blunt.

Edge of Tomorrow Trailer

Edge of Tomorrow Special Features Include:

  • Operation Downfall
  • Operation Downfall – Adrenaline Cut
  • Storming The Beach Featurette
  • Weapons Of The Future Featurette
  • Creatures Not Of This World Featurette
  • On The Edge With Doug Liman
  • Deleted Scenes

Bottom line, it’s a fun action thriller. The trailers and marketing for this film entirely missed the marked, and what actually exists here is one of the strongest sci-fi films we’ve had recently. One could say that it’s Groundhog Day meets Source Code meets X-Files, but again it’s a bit simplistic description. Edge of Tomorrow is clever, epic, and filled with dark humor. If you’re a fan of the sci-fi genre, then this DVD is a must for your collection.

Grade: B+


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