Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow | Review

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(This review is spoiler-free.)

Rated PG -13  For intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material. (MPAA)
Staring Tom CruiseEmily Blunt,
Director Doug Liman
Time 113 min
Soundtrack Christophe Beck


Edge of Tomorrow opens with the announcement that an alien race has invaded Earth and taken over a large portion of Europe. Major Cage is a public affairs officer in the US army. He's terrified of combat and avoids it and danger at all costs, whether paid by his honor or by the lives of other men he doesn't care. After instances which I won't spoil, Cage finds himself strapped into an exoskeleton war suit in the front lines of a war with an alien race. But a war isn't what this movie's about. It's about living and dying, and repeating the process a hundred times over. More specifically, it's about Cage living and dying over and over again.  


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The storytelling and editing were remarkably well done. The whole movie takes place in one short piece of time and that time is repeated over and over again. Which means that the same conversations are held, repeatedly; the same actions made over and over, etc. Yet none of it ever gets old, and some of it manages to be honestly funny. The story works backwards in time yet manages to move forward. I liked that in some ways the story was understated; the directer knew where to draw the line, when to stop, how to effectively use less. Though the story is told from the perspective of Cage we don't see all he goes through and are never told exactly all of what happens to him, room is left for thinking and understanding on the part of the audience. Making apparent that the important thing wasn't his experiences but what they did to him. 


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Usually time and change are so interconnected in a story that it's almost impossible to separate them or to have the one without the other. Change, the act of passing from one state to another, for a character, is usually a main theme of any story. That's true of Edge of Tomorrow, though it doesn't happen in the usual way. At the end of the story it's still the edge of tomorrow, but the main character has changed immensely.

In a way, Edge of Tomorrow is a story of second chances. Second and third and fourth and hundredth chances. Allowing Cage to make a decision, experience the consequences, and try again. I liked that Cage never stops being scared, he simply finds a reason to be brave. Then learns to handle his fear and not let it control him. 


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The acting on the part of Cruise and Blunt was good and whenever their characters interacted was great. I liked the Emily Blunt character. The exoskeleton suits were cool; the aliens are not gone into too much detail about, which was good, and they look interesting. The second half of the movie felt like an entirely different movie (for reasons that are clear when you watch it), it was strange how different it became and how different it felt watching the second half. The ending was very good, leaving one content. The directer was wise enough to let it speak for itself. The story, as a whole, was very satisfying. By the end of the movie Cage has definitely changed. In the first scene, seeing him in his uniform, my first thought was that he didn't fit it (as in deserve it), and in the last scene I suddenly thought he sure fits it now


favorite line: "I wish I'd never met you."
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

(Spoliers) I love the scene in the abandoned house, Cage trying to convince Rita not to fly the helicopter; makes her coffee, three sugars.  Then, "How many times have we been here before?" And one suddenly wonders how many times he's been through this. (End of spoilers)

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8 comments:

  1. Hmm, I also love that line. "I wish I'd never met you."
    Haven't we all thought the same at one point?


    Anyways, great work here!

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    1. I especially liked it in the context of the story of Edge of Tomorrow, it meant and implied so much. Thanks Lyndsey! <3


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  2. Wow, great review! You really saw pretty deep into this movie -- I was mostly just like, "ooo, that was cool!" But you're totally right. :D The spoiler was one of my favorite moments too. Yep, this was a pretty neat movie, I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah. I was going "yikes, awesome" half the time too. :D It was a very cool story. I'm glad you like that scene too, it was one of the still moments in a story full of action - you know what I mean? I wouldn't mind seeing it again either. :)


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  3. I really want to see this!!!

    ~Jamie

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    1. I bet you'd like it. :)


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  4. Wow time travel / caught in time = Doctor Who alert (!!!)

    Hahah putting this movie on my "Movies to Watch" list (; Thanks for the amazing reviews as always!! xx.

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  5. I love timey wimey stuff and this is definitely included in that. :) Cool! Thanks Lizzy! That's really encouraging. :)


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