EDGE OF TOMORROW
With Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson
Written by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth (adapted Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s graphic novel All You Need Is Kill)
Directed by Doug Liman
Short on the heels of Sci-Fi movie Oblivion, Tom Cruise again jumped straight into similar territory here. Based on a graphic novel, Cruise plays William Cage, a (somewhat cowardly) military PR man who, after refusing to cover the deadly alien frontline in person, is forced into service.
With no training, his fate is sealed. After a blood-splattered, bone crushing drop onto the battlefield (in mechanical exoskeletons), he dies as he kills one of these alien creatures. The result is a Groundhog Day phenomenon, where, each time he dies, he resets to the same moment in time, reliving it all again. At first he’s freaked, but he learns from these repeats, extending his progress in this suicide mission offensive every time. This battle seals mankind’s fate, but with this ability of Cage, and meeting up with a Special Forces heroin Rita Vrataski familiar with his “affliction”, they edge their way towards victory.
Cage’s character evolves from bureaucratic spin-doctor to warrior and saviour.
I feared that this may feel a bit like a repetitive videogame or that the storyline may lose steam if it keeps regurgitating, but they manage to keep feeding you extra bits as Cage and Vrataski progress in their mission (even though each time he dies he has to track her down and go through the explanation rigmarole of what / where / how again); and those bits that do feel like a videogame is exciting and explosive.
One can delve into the human perseverance subtext, but at the end of the day it is a high-octane blast of big machines, big guns and aliens.
The press screening I attended had me experience the flaws of future technology, with the digital 3D projector blacking out several times at crucial scenes, and discovering afterwards that the cinema staff seemed to have given me a junior set of 3D glasses! That said, while the exciting action entertainment was ample, I feel they could’ve put more into the 3D effects, for those who still feel that this enhancement makes a difference.
4 / A
- Paul Blom
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