Based on the critically acclaimed Japanese novel, All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise as a man who repeats the same day over and over, trying to find a way to defeat an alien force.
But does the film feel like something we’ve all seen, over and over again?
Thankfully not – Edge of Tomorrow is a solid fast-paced summer blockbuster from start to finish, and one of my favorite movies of the year so far. The film focuses on Cruise who plays William Cage, a military spokesperson with no combat experience, that is thrust into the front lines of an invasion that leads to a massacre. Waking from death, Cage discovers he has jumped back in time to the beginning of the day prior to the invasion, and soon realizes this will happen every time he dies. From here he attempts to take advantage of his newfound power and try to prevent this massacre and defeat the aliens, known as “mimics.”
Cruise gives another stellar performance, as do the rest of the cast. Emily Blunt stars as a war hero who previously held the power to repeat the day, and coaches Cruise’s character is combat. Other notable supporting roles come from Bill Paxton, as an over the top Master Sergeant, and Noah Taylor, a doctor working to find a way to defeat the aliens.
Beside Tom Cruise, the true star of the film comes from outstanding visual effects. The aesthetics and atmosphere of the locations really do give way to a world on the brink of destruction. The war scenes are intense and brilliantly choreographed to make future tech and aliens feel grounds. The aliens themselves feature a very unique look, something akin to the sentinels from The Matrix, only even faster and more organic.
If I could fault Edge of Tomorrow in any way, is that a key element of the film relies heavily on an over-used sci-fi trope, that we’ve seen as recently as Ender’s Game and even one of Cruise’s last films, Oblivion. In the end, it’s not a deal-breaker as the characters and way the story progresses definitely soar far above this detail.
Edge of Tomorrow is one of the funnest, most action-packed films I’ve seen this year, and a definite high note for the summer.