Friday, 13 June 2014

Edge Of Tomorrow

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. 

Edge of Tomorrow is based on the novel All you need is kill written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and also adapted as a manga by Ryousuke Takeuchi. This film is directed by Doug Liman, best known for Bourne Identity which I really loved back then. It was a very good franchise starter depending on Liman style. My biggest fear was that this style won't go that well with this type of sci-fi epic movie. But surprisingly I was wrong. Edge of Tomorrow has a very different style than Bourne, with long takes and big action shots. It's an non-stop action movie from beginning to end, as well as incredibly entertaining and at the same time very funny. The humorous is that he has to relive the same day over and over again. However they manage to keep it not repetitive at all, which is really hard especially with this kind of story lines. They make it feel new and in a solely different way each time. In fact, they found a good way to make those repetition scenes entertaining, by going for the comedy of the situation rather than for the drama. Plus, special effects are solid peculiarly the alien are looking great. Moreover, Tom Cruise delivers a good performance, he's funny and in the meantime sells the drama. I can't help myself to make the parallel with Oblivion as he's always committed to his action roles and always really good at it as well. There is a chemistry between him and Emily Blunt, who is also completely badass. However, when we start to think about it the unbelievable thing is that every time he's talking with her she knew him for a few hours so she can't really get to attached, but on the other hand Tom Cruise' character doesn't feel that way because he's met her many times and the viewers feel that way too; that's why we can fall into it easily. Finally, the suspense and tension of the third act is so palpable. Edge of Tomorrow is relevant for today's audience as it deals with the detachment from which we view war through today's media. 

Overall, this film is a solid smartly constructed movie which feels refreshing, intriguing and reliable. 

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