Edge of Tomorrow-Review


By:Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

Do aliens exist? Do they look like the pictures we’ve all seen drawn thousands of times? If, and when, we do make contact, are they really going to say, “We come in peace”? Though we have no definitive answer as to whether there is extraterrestrial life out there in the universe, there’s a high probability that there is other forms of intelligence on some level. I mean, space is huge, there has to be more than us. So, if we ever do meet, what will that be like? Will it be peaceful? Or will it be something more like an end of days? And will we be able to survive as a species if that is the outcome? Such is the foundation of Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman.

We have finally made contact with extraterrestrials, and the outcome isn’t good. Earth has been invaded by aliens dubbed “mimics” and humanity is losing, with most of Europe already overthrown. Humanity loses battle after battle, until there is finally a victory at Verdun. The victory is due in large part to the war hero Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). With one victory, there is an immediate push to move forward, using the momentum and to retake Europe. General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) enlists the help of Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), who Brigham intends to send to the front line with a camera crew.

Cage, not wanting to put his life on the line, refuses, and is then, forcefully, sent with a demotion. During the battle, with Cage’s life on the line, he kills himself and awakens at the beginning of the previous day. He is now living the same day over and over, able to get a little farther with different choices until he meets Rita, who experienced the same thing at Verdun. Will Cage be able to break the loop and find a way to win the war for humanity or will he eventually die in the process?


No one wants to watch a scene over and over again, with minimal variation (I’m talking about you Vantage Point), so instead of repeating the same scene, almost verbatim, Liman gives us just a glimpse to show we’ve re-entered the same day and then brings in the differences. This allows the narrative to continue without bogging it down in some repetitive, hum-drum fashion. What we are left with is a freshness with each scene, even though we know how initially everything is going to turn out. Plus the scenes where there are character introductions and Cage’s training become funnier each time with Cage already knowing what will happen, and not knowing other times.
As far as the acting goes, Tom Cruise is in cruise (no pun intended) control with the role of Cage. This seems like a character we’ve seen before in some form or fashion. But it’s also a role he excels in, making it his own and bringing us along for the ride. And, if you aren’t a fan of Tom Cruise, you can rejoice in the fact that his character dies hundreds of times, so you have that to look forward to. Emily Blunt, on the other hand, plays a different role. She’s the “hero”, the one humanity is now looking up to due to her role in the victory. She can be put up there with the likes of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor, and that’s saying something. Brendan Gleeson and Bill Paxton are both credible in their particular roles and help fill out the narrative.


On a visual level, Edge of Tomorrow has its impressive moments, but the special effects aren’t over done to the point of filling like you’re watching an animated film. And while the foundation of the film is a war for humanity, the films steadily falls on the relationships between the characters, and learning more about each and what the future may hold that propels the story forward to its ultimate conclusion. There is plenty of action and, though much of it is repeated, it never really feels repetitive. The story is clever, the acting is well done, and the film is fun. What more do you want as the summer heats up?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


  1. Dermot GilleyJune 11th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    This “mimic” stuff is a recurring theme in science fiction. In the Perry Rhodan series (German, but translated into many languages, including e.g. Portuguese and with a huge fan base in Brazil) one of the first encounters was with wasp-like creatures that could, like in Harry potter, take over the mind of a victim and tried to control the earth, had not some telepathic mutants been at hand to intervene.

  2. Mike S.June 20th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I went to see it, and I agree with your assessment completely. I enjoyed it a lot… though I was afraid right until they reveal the secret of the time travel that the movie would end with a teenager throwing his console remote across the screen in frustration. “This section of the game is impossible!” Luckily the premise was much better than that.

  3. mocanu andraJuly 24th, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I like SF movies, and this one seems like a good one. It is full of action, dynamics,and it’s not bad to watch in the weekends! Sounds ok! :))

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