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Edge of Tomorrow
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:12:27 PM »
Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow is the story of how a very reluctant solider is forced into battle during a D-Day like invasion against an alien army. In the midst of the battle he accidentally gains one of the enemies powers. Which allow him to reset the day upon his death. He comes to find out this is how the enemy has been able to win so many battles. With the help of a fellow solider who once had the power but loss it. They try to find the main alien responsible for the alien time looping and the directing of the alien troops. The reluctant solider is played by Tom Cruise and his fellow solider is played by Emily Blunt, who has earned the nickname Full Metal Bitch.

This is a very good movie because the story is very solid up to a point and the actors are all very good. Tom Cruise does his usually good job, while Emily Blunt makes you believe that she could be indeed a full metal bitch. The woman obviously spent time in the gym and she looked like a woman you would go into battle with. This movie is a solid 3 star movie, I would have given it 3-1/2 stars if the ending wasn't so Hollywood in nature.

Out of 4 stars Edge of Tomorrow is a solid 3 stars.
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Re: Edge of Tomorrow
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 05:35:10 AM »
Thanks bbell.  I plan to go see this.  I'm surprised it hasn't done better at the boxoffice.  The critics all say it's a good movie (now including you).

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Re: Edge of Tomorrow
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 05:40:48 AM »
I also thank BBELL for that review. I would have passed on this one had I not read his review. I suspect that given the current state of politics and the economy that people are looking for something far more escapist, Godzilla being a prime example. They are going to the theaters to get completely out of their lives for a couple of hours. Can't say I blame them. :'(
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Re: Edge of Tomorrow
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 05:55:51 AM »
When I first heard the title of this movie I thought oh no, they made a movie out of the old soap opera The Edge of Night!
I plan on watching this one also.
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Re: Edge of Tomorrow
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2014, 05:34:29 AM »
OK, I went to see it on $5 Wednesdays.  It was more crowded than I expected with about 100 people in the theater (I was figuring maybe 10 based on how bad it did at the box office).  It is Groundhog Day laid over Saving Private Ryan with a good dose of Source Code thrown in.  Tom Cruise does his normal more-than-adequate acting as the lead.  The rest of the characters are pretty much throw away except for Bill Paxton as a Master Sergeant who makes sure Cruise's character (Major William Cage) can't escape being on the front lines of the first wave of the assault of Normandy to retake Europe from the Mimics (an alien invader who landed in Germany and quickly seized the entire continent).  And each time Cage's day is reset (less than 24 hours before the first wave is to land in Normandy), he wakes up about to meet Paxton's MSgt Farrell.

Cruise is the Bill Murray character (Phil) in Groundhog Day, except, instead of perfecting himself to win a girl (although there is a bit of that in Edge of Tomorrow as well), Cruise's Maj Cage is trying to perfect himself to save humanity.  The entire movie takes place in Europe with Paxton and Cruise the only americans (both actors and characters) - perhaps this would have done better at the box office had it been set in America although that didn't bother me.

Cruise is the Tom Hanks character (Capt Miller) in Saving Private Ryan.  A man given a mission that he must fulfill at all costs, no matter the sacrifice.  In this case, the sacrifice is Cage's life, over and over and over again.  We learn that, if Cage doesn't die on that day, then he can no longer reset events and the Mimics will succeed.  Therefore, he can't afford to be wounded or escape the battle.  He must fight and win or he must die.  And the enemy knows he's out there with the ability to reset the day, so it is trying to find him and keep him from dying.

Cruise is the Jake Gyllenhaal character (Stevens) in Source Code.  A soldier who is sent back into the same events again and again until he can gather enough information to stop a tragic event.  Stevens was trying to stop a set of bombings, Cage is trying to stop a massacre that leads to the annihilation of humans on Earth.  With each new encounter, Cage learns more.  He develops better skills.  He understands what is happening inside and outside the battlefield.  What is interesting to us viewers is there are several scenes where we aren't privy to whether this is Cage's first, second or fiftieth time doing something.  We don't find out until the scene has unfolded.

I would argue that Edge of Tomorrow, while a combination of all three of these films, is not as good as any of them.  But it is a fine movie in its own right.  The special effects don't really cry out for the big screen so waiting for the DVD/streaming is OK too.  You'd probably have trouble finding it in theaters now anyway.  It's only playing in a few where I live.

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Re: Edge of Tomorrow
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2014, 08:02:50 AM »
Yeah this movie has had a disappointing box office and it deserves it. This movie was so good until the ending. That ending is what stopped the sci-fi crowd from fully embracing it and spreading that need for repeat viewings. Like so many fiction writers adapting sci-fi they just don't fully understand the genre. I looked up the source material after writing my review, and just as I had suspected the ending was a total cop out.  When you spend the whole movie with a premise then completely betray it at the end. Well you deserve to lose at least a half of a star on the rating.

The director and writer have been trying to spin their ending. But it will not work they blew their chance at a four star movie equaling Aliens or Alien. All for the sake of a Hollywood ending or as some have speculated a sequel. Rita's last words gave them the chance at the ultimate redemption arc for Cage. Which would have been very satisfying to a much greater audience. Especially the Japanese.
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Re: Edge of Tomorrow
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2014, 09:09:13 AM »
Looks like it will end up around $400M world-wide and around $100M in the US.  Not bad really.

The ending was a bit cheesy, but I could live with it.