Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Director: Doug Lima

Writers: Christopher McQuarie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Composer: Christophe Beck

Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Live, Die, Repeat

Plot: An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

I really dug it.  In the past few years Tom Cruise is doing more interesting films, he's growing as an actor and he's not nearly as annoying as fuck as he used to be.  The script is fantastic and even more so is how director Liman was able to juggle this into a smart, fun and entertaining flick.  The end sequence dragged because of its length but the rest of it was damn top notch.  Bill Paxton is great and almost unrecognizable.  The re-dos that Cage (Cruise) has are done very well and there is a nice variation to how his days are re-set. After a while I started thinking of how many hundreds of times he's repeated the day, searching for ways to make it work and taxing that mus be on the mind.   The humor is subtle in that things aren't necessarily played for laughs but they're not going to deny you shouldn't laugh if that makes any sense.  It does feel like it's playing off of other movies but at the same time this one works with or without the knowledge of them.  It's definitely worth checking out. 

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