Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Movie Review

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Infintie Life Cheat

Major William Cage (Tom Cruise - Oblivion) maybe an officer but he is purely the public face of the army, the person who does the TV interviews when it comes to the current conflict involving an alien race attacking Earth in a seemingly unending assault. So it comes as a complete shock to Cage when he is dropped into the war zone to fight, a seeming suicide mission due to his complete lack of skills when it comes to combat. But that shock is nothing compared to when having been killed he finds himself coming around 24 hours earlier and having to go through the whole day again, a never ending loop of doing the same thing till he dies and some how reboots. But with the help of Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt - Looper) there maybe a chance to use Cage's regeneration ability to work out a way of defeating the alien enemy.

I am sure back in the day when I would waste entire nights playing video games I would not only use each attempt at completing levels to map out what I had to do but I would some times use an infinite life cheat to make the game easier. And that is essentially one side of "Edge of Tomorrow" as Tom Cruise's character basically get inifinte tries at defeating the enemy by trying various things before dying and returning to the starting point. Some might say "Edge of Tomorrow" is a bit like an action movie take on "Groundhog Day" but it is a lot closer to those video games where through trial and error your fingers would create muscle memory in order to negotiate the trials of the level.

But in fairness there is more to "Edge of Tomorrow" than just that and we have a relationship dynamic introduced to the mix as Cage works with the tough Vrataski but discovers spending day after day with her, reliving the same events which only he will remember come the next day draws him emotionally close to her. To put it simply Cage falls for Vrataski and so when it seems like he can't find a way to defeat the aliens where she lives he becomes frustrated by a seeming no win situation and sacrafice he would have to make. It is a nice added layer but like an infinite life cheat in those old video games there is a cheat thrown into the mix here as well.

Oh and I suppose I should mention the action, well this is a Tom Cruise movie and another one where he who was known as Maverick does his own stunts. Look, "Edge of Tomorrow" is exactly what you expect from a Tom Cruise action movie which means visually spectacular with a mix of real action and CGI whilst also mixing the violence with some self aware humour.

What this all boils down to is that "Edge of Tomorrow" is entertaining and a movie which delivers a familiar idea but does so in an enjoyable way with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in fine form through out.