Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) ****


All You Need Is Kill, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka has been adapted by Doug Limar. Even I have to admit that I wasn’t expected Edge of Tomorrow to be as good as it was.

Like you, I’ve been bombarded with the usual and arguably prosaic Hollywood movies including CGI overkill Transformers 3 and the Dawn of the Planet of Apes. The list goes on and there isn’t enough time to watch all of them.

If there were ever a reason to celebrate the need for film reviewers, here would be the perfect opportunity. If it wasn’t for the movie rating system we wouldn’t be able to decide which films to spend our money on.

Tom Cruise as Major William Cage presents similar traits reminiscent of the character he played in the 2005 film, War of the World.

Yet, again it’s regarding a man’s struggle to survive in the face of an alien invasion, but the composition and flow of the film is spectacularly different – it’s far from predictable, which is possibly why it has done successfully well in the box office.

Cage is far from the secret agent (with super athletic abilities) who Cruise flaunts in Mission Impossible. In fact, Cruise does his own stunts in Edge of Tomorrow but portrays Cage to be vulnerable and unskilled.

This is perhaps the allure of Cage’s personality; his humbleness is honourable. As a viewer, watching a protagonist fail so many times and develop his abilities every time he falls is inspirational.

Emily Blunt, famous for her appearance in The Devil Wears Prada is Rita Vrataski: the feminist warrior.

There’s no dramatic love story between her and Cage. She is introduced much more stronger in military action and emotionally colder and shut off.

The emphasis is on their partnership and aim to save the world from the octopus slivering bastards or Mimics as they are called. As oppose to any sloppy fornication or sub-plot diversions, the story line remains consistent.

So, what’s so different about this film and why has it been getting such good reviews? Well, for a start the film isn’t a simple beginning, middle and end.

Edge of Tomorrow it is an unassuming cyclical plot that replays the reality of Cage, which throws an audience off the course as if it were Ground Hog Dog (1993) and more recently, Source Code (2011). We are exposed to the protagonist’s woe of facing the same day repeatedly.

The movie has a lot of special effects – of course- however, it isn’t at the expense of destroying the overall visuals of the movie or reducing it into a Pixar mania.

The script itself is also straightforward; there isn’t any unnecessary slapstick clichés to belittle the quality of the film.

Edge of Tomorrow is engaging and has some mystical way of keeping an audience’s eyes on the screen. There really isn’t much opportunity to reflect on life outside the cinema as you’ll find yourself – like I did – fully imbued in the film.

Written by Mary Grace Nguyen (Chief-Editor and Founder of Flock to the Crown) See more reviews by Mary on LDNCard and TrendFem

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