Thursday, June 5, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow


An alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again...and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

TONY - Yes, we are back again, and this time it's to dive into Tom Cruises latest project "Edge of Tomorrow." Cruise plays Lt. Col. Bill Cage, an ROTC brat who chose to get into the P.R. division of the Military as he was too much of a wuss to be a real soldier. He even says that he can't even stand the sight of blood! WTF! Cruise's character comes off in the beginning as a nuisance with his constant whining.

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My favorite character in the movie is Master Sergeant Farell (Bill Paxton) from Kentucky. Paxton is a no nonsense, old school, battle worn Master Sergeant. He does not tolerate Cruises whiny lil' attitude. Master Sergeant throws Cage in with "J" squad, which looks like the misfit unit of the whole platoon.

This movie brings the feeling from Bill Murray's "Groundhog Day". It has the feel of a video game experience. Where you're just learning the map and you keep getting waxed every turn you make.

The concept of the movie was not bad and it was in fact entertaining for a Sci-Fi version of the Murray classic. It was not too bad. The storyline was familiar but Instead of feeling played out, it comes off with a good twist.

Emily Blunt plays "Rita," the badass "Full Metal Bitch". She reminded me of one of my favorite Anime Characters, "Remy" from the Anime Black Lagoon. Blunts character meets Cruise on the battlefield and realizes what he can do and the movie picks up from there. This film progresses from there with Cruise falling back on his "Ethan Hunt" persona. Cage was transformed into a bad ass soldier.

I liked this movie and I would see it again just for the action sequences and the cool exoskeletons suits that the soldiers wear. One day I know we will see this tech in our own military. I just hope it is not under the same circumstances.

RICK - If you are any type of science fiction fan than you have seen this story before. It has been done most notably on STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION episode “Cause and Effect”, STARGATE episode “Window of Opportunity”, and of course the Bill Murray comedy movie GROUNDHOG DAY.  EDGE of TOMORROW is exactly this same type of movie

There are two major problems with this film. Number one is the length of the movie. The EDGE OF TOMORROW is easily a half hour too long. The second difficulty the motion picture has is that at times it feels less like a movie and more like a difficult video game. You keep dying to figure out the pattern.

Even though we have seen this plot over and over and over again, the movie is too long , and it feels like a videogame EDGE OF TOMORROW is actually a fun ride. It is a good two hour escapism summer movie. The acting is solid, the story was adequate, and the special effects were nicely done.  

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