RELEASED: 30th May 2014
DIRECTOR: Doug Liman
CAST: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Charlotte Riley, Franz Drameh, Kick Gurry, Masayoshi Haneda, Dragomir Mrsic and Noah Taylor
BOX OFFICE WORLDWIDE: $370.5m
Edge of Tomorrow sees the world is on the brink of a final assault against an alien life form that all they have done so far is contain it in Europe. After being killed in action by one of the Mimic’s, Major William Cage also manages to kill it and get some of it’s blood on him and then wakes up back the day before the failed invasion attempt. Cage then begins to begins to relive the day of the attack over and over again and meets help in the form of warrior Rita Vrataski, who tells him to come find her to train him whenever he dies and wakes up again and again.
Despite having a name change since its initial release, which was previously followed by an even poor marketing campaign, Edge of Tomorrow was an absolute banger of a summer blockbuster in 2014. Based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, we follow Major William Cage, who works within the militaries media relations department, is ordered by General Brigham to cover the United Defense Force’s major assault of France to fight against the alien Mimics. Of course, Cage has no previous combat experience and tries to blackmail his way out of it, which leads him to being demoted and assigned to Master Sergeant Farell and the misfit J-squad. Once in the heat of battle on the beach of France, Cage manages to kill a giant Mimic, with some of its blood dissolving him, which leads to him repeating the events of that day over and over again, until he learns from Rita Vrataski, a celebrated hero from the battle of Verdun that she knows what he’s experiencing as she’s been through it herself and that in order for them to stop the Mimics from winning, they have to find the Omega (which controls the Mimics) and kill it to save the world. I very much enjoyed the journey William Cage goes through from being a chicken shit Major that is trying to blackmail General Brigham in order to get out of being on the invasion of France, how he hasn’t fired a single round and we see how he becomes an absolute weapon himself against the Mimics. Blending action sci-fi with a Groundhog Day theme makes the film work really well, especially on repeated viewing, as the accidental deaths that Cage goes through are very humourous and still get big laughs from me. Doug Liman is a versatile director and I certainly enjoyed his direction here, along with the editing from James Herbert and Laura Jennings, as the film is given enough breathing room to explain to the audience what’s happening and does enough to move forward with its Groundhog Day setting, the film doesn’t feel repetitive. The score from Christophe Beck is also very good here, especially in how the score is heighten in the action sequences. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt have great chemistry in the film and their characters are also worth rooting for. In terms of the supporting cast, I’ll always enjoy Bill Paxton’s portrayal of Master Sergeant Farell. The visual effects team also done a great job with the action sequences, as well as the design of the alien Mimics, making them more unique to the Hollywood standard of big screen aliens we’ve seen in the last few decades.
FAVOURITE SCENE: When Rita orders Cage to find her when he wakes up, during a drill and having the group do push-ups (compliments of Cage) he tries to roll under a truck…with disastrous consequences. It’s Cruise’s death scream and Bill Paxton’s reaction that make me love this scene so much.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “Master Sergeant Farell, you’re an American.
No sir. I’m from Kentucy” – William Cage and Master Sergeant Farell
DID YOU KNOW: While filming the car chase scene which includes a minivan, Emily Blunt was instructed to drive fast and then to take a right hand turn so that the van would shake. However, Blunt missed her mark and she drove the car right into a tree. She later said that it was both hilarious and terrifying, as she almost killed Tom Cruise, who was in the passenger seat, but both of them started laughing after the incident.