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“Come find me when you wake up!”
– Rita Vrataski

SYNOPSIS: An alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. – via IMDB

edge of tomorrow

GRADE 8Let me just say this: this movie was infinitely better than the trailer I watched all those months ago suggested it would be. I actually had quite a bit of fun, and there was some humour sprinkled through this too (particularly looking at the first roll-under-the-truck scenario). Tom Cruise handles his material well, and takes Cage from some ridiculous television persona in a military outfit that has no idea what wearing that actually even means, and creates a character we actually start rooting for – after we’ve had a good cackle over his predicament a few times… and his ability to still feel his toes! Emily Blunt also gave a solid performance, and while I enjoy her work, I do not understand the raving about her all the time. She and Cruise work well together, and he is a great sport on being knocked on his ass quite a few times. Blunt portrayed a great character: she was strong, confident and capable, and she was nobody’s bitch. It was a refreshing change, and one I appreciated. I was not particularly a fan of the romance that cooked up between Cage and Rita, though it is a stock standard formula I expected from the action film. It was certainly handled better than most. I know that there is a lot of repeating going on in the movie, and it speaks volumes about the way it was dealt with in that it never actually gets old, and I appreciated that. Edge of Tomorrow was a bit of a different concept (for me, at any rate) and I actually thought it was entertaining, and a pretty good action flick. It manages to bring in a slightly deeper side, too, but that’s never really the most important of it. The effects were terrific, and this film oozed blockbuster, but definitely on the superior side of the spectrum. Doug Liman did a wonderful job directing this, bringing it all together, and maintaining a certain standard. The dialogue was fun, and the camerawork was very good, too. I wasn’t a huge fan of the sword that Rita hauled around – I just thought that it could have been way more awesome and brutal. As it is, it is not the worst weapon, it is just a bit chunkier and more bland than I would have liked. Edge of Tomorrow was clever, slick and above all, entertaining. I had a blast with this, and I was shocked by how much better it was than I expected it to be, definitely my surprise for the year (seeing as I had written it off).

37 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

  1. Good fun, isn’t it? This was a nice surprise for me too, it could easily have been terrible! Plus, I’m developing somewhat of an infatuation with Emily Blunt 🙂 Cool review Zoe!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Chris! Yep – this could have really sucked, but instead it was highly entertaining!

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  2. Nostra says:

    Good to see you enjoyed it so much. Shame about that ending though which I really hated. Apart from that I thought it was cool. As for the sword…it was a cool image which reminded me of various videogames, but as you say not enough was done with it.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Nostra. I felt the end could have used more work, but it didn’t really irk me or anything. Hmmm, I wish they had done more with it.

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  3. One of my favourite films of the year! So glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks! It definitely was a goodie!

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  4. johnlink00 says:

    Glad you liked it too. I feel like I haven’t encountered too many people who don’t. I think you weren’t alone in being pleasantly surprise. I know I was!

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    1. Zoë says:

      🙂 It was a surprise and I am so glad I watched it, much fun was to be had there!

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  5. Keith says:

    I have had a ton of fun watching people’s reaction to this. I was one of the few I know who was incredibly excited for and I loved that it delivered. Blunt is magnificent as always (and stunningly beautiful as always) and Cruise is very good playing a character very different from his norm.

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    1. Zoë says:

      I am glad you were rewarded for holding out high hopes for this Keith, though I wonder if that was for the movie of Blunt 😉 Either way, it was very enjoyable!

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      1. Keith says:

        Ahem… I have no comment Zoë!

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  6. Mr Rumsey says:

    This is intriguing… maybe I should give this a go after all!

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    1. Zoë says:

      I would recommend you do so James, it was surprising and well worth checking out! I would love to hear what you think about it!

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      1. Mr Rumsey says:

        Will do then! I’ll add it to the rental queue!

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    2. theipc says:

      Do it, man, do it!

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      1. Mr Rumsey says:

        Haha will do buddy! I feel like I need to buy it on the way home with all of these good feelings being directed towards it!

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      2. theipc says:

        I was totally hesitant about watching it and it was very surprisingly entertaining… promise!

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      3. Mr Rumsey says:

        Sounds good, now just to try and convince my girlfriend that it’s worth a shot too…

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  7. theipc says:

    Dearest, Warmest PJB,

    AHA!! This movie was GOOD FUN!!! No doubt about it!!

    Good stuff! Glad you liked it too!

    #lowfives

    #secrethandshakes

    Love,

    ISC

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    1. Zoë says:

      Dear Chop,

      It really was 🙂

      #lowfives
      #secretshakes

      Love,

      JJB

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      1. theipc says:

        Dear IJB,

        #shakeitdontbreakit

        You probably won’t get that….

        #imold

        Love,

        OPSC

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  8. CMrok93 says:

    Good review Zoe. This is what happens when you have a gimmick, but you do it right.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Agreed Dan! Thanks!

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  9. Mark Walker says:

    Still need to catch this one, Zoe. Ive had it for ages yet never got around to sticking it on. I must do so.

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    1. Zoë says:

      I think so Mark, definitely enjoyable!

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  10. ruth says:

    I was surprised how entertaining this was, Zoe. In fact, it made my top 3 Best Surprises of the year for me.

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    1. Zoë says:

      I can identify with that! This was so well done!

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  11. renxkyoko says:

    I watched it last weekend. Enjoyed and liked it.

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  12. Abbi says:

    Based on the trailer I definitely wouldn’t have seen this but after reading everyone else’s reviews I am glad a did because it was one of my favourites of the year.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Totally in agreement there! That trailer just made me say screw it, I just cannot waste my life like that. Lucky I did 😛

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  13. Tom says:

    As you’ve seen by now, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ made my Biggest Surprise list in the DigiBread Awards. I was completely shocked by how entertaining this thing became. Sounds like this was everyone’s impression as well. Nicely reviewed here Zoe!

    (And great reference to that roll-under the truck. That part was great!)

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    1. Zoë says:

      I think it shocked most people hahaha! Thanks Tom.

      😀 I had so much fun with that!

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  14. caragale says:

    Agreed–SO much better than I thought it would be. Glad to see you enjoyed it, too! Yeah the romance was a little meh and the sword was def clunky, but this was still surprisingly fun. Great review, Zoe!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Cara! This really could have pulled flop, but instead we got something that can definitely be viewed again and enjoyed immensely!

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  15. table9mutant says:

    Yay! Glad to see you had a good time with this one. It really was a huge surprise to me, considering I hate Cruise. I loved Blunt’s character – we need more kick-ass females in movies! 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      Ahhhh, Cruise might be a bit ridiculously weird in real life, but he’s a pretty decent actor!

      HELL YEAH WE DO! I liked that she wasn’t dependent on some guy to show her her way in the world.

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