Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Epic Groundhog Day
Call me crazy, but I’m a fan of Groundhog Day copycats because there is still a lot of groundwork to explore. I’ve seen quite a few of these looping films and even TV shows, and it’s always fun to at least see where creativity can still take filmmakers. Edge of Tomorrow is one of those movies that did a really good job with it’s promotional tactics. You’d be surprised at how much was actually left out of the trailers, and to keep with that respect, I won’t spoil you on some of the plot points…which in all honesty is really difficult because so much of it is really important.
Let’s see. Tom Cruise plays this soldier by the name of Cage that is recruited into a massive war against his wishes. He’s not battle trained and the “enemy” massively outnumbers the army to the point where they had to create super-soldier robot suits to fight them. Anyways – the world is going down the toilet fast, and then suddenly Cage is…infected with something that gives him the ability to relive the same day over and over again. No matter what he does, he can’t seemingly win this war, so he enlists the help of Rita, who use to be inflicted with the same thing in the past. Together, they work on a new strategy to find the core of the problem and shut it down – which may or may not hold the key to winning the war.
If that seems confusing, don’t worry, the movie is really clear about everything – I just didn’t want to spoil the main plot points. Just trust me when I say the plot of the film couldn’t be simpler at its core. They are going after something specific the entire movie, and they hit obstacles along the way. At it’s heart, it’s a really typical narative feature, but the way it’s put together just feels so fun, epic, and quite a bit original, honestly.
There is quite a bit of visual effects used in the movie, and I’ll be honest…they could be better. They aren’t exactly awful, but you’ll be able to tell that you’ve seen better. At the same time, the amount of camerawork, action, animations, and explosions are enough to really distract you from any imperfections the visuals serve because it still looks magnificent. Same goes for 3D, they had a lot of interesting uses for 3D – which worked out really well for a converted movie. So it’s jam-packed with action, but it also has a really, really good sense of humor that doesn’t distract from the action. Little things like how Tom Cruise’s character dies, or how he reacts to different things really make you laugh.
It’s not the best movie of the year by any means, and the theater I was in was surprisingly empty, but I will say that it is a very fun movie and will keep your interest. Tom Cruise does it again. Edge of Tomorrow has the perfect amount of action, comedy, and even mystery to keep it’s head well above waters. If you haven’t seen the movie, or are unsure whether you should or not, I say go for it. Even if you think the movie is incredibly flawed, you’ll still have a heck of a fun time watching it, and we all love a fun movie. Admit it.
Edge of Tomorrow is a really good and fun action movie that succeeds in making an effective action film – complete with fast-paced, explosive moments, and a joke or two that will keep you fixated on everything until the last credit rolls.
Anything that is repetetive risks being annoying. As much as this film tries to use repetition humor, like “Maggot, Maggot, Maggot!”, it easily has the potential to get old.
Filmed almost entirely on the same sets used for the ‘Harry Potter’ series of films.