If you haven’t already, there’s probably nothing I could say to persuade you to see Edge of Tomorrow. But that’s not going to stop me from at least trying. Everyone needs to experience this movie.

Even if you’re not a fan of the sci-fi genre, Edge of Tomorrow provides a surprising, unexpected amount of entertainment value for a broad audience. All the elements are here: action, adventure, comedy, drama, mystery, sci-fi, and more. I consider it an accomplishment that this movie isn’t a disjointed mess.

With an impressive pace featuring seamless transitions from emotional tones to story exposition, Edge of Tomorrow is a work that displays all the hallmarks of a director with a deft hand (Doug Liman). The icing on the cake that raises this movie to another level is the star power and terrific performance of Tom Cruise.

While T.C. has become almost exclusively an action star, I would argue that his best work has always been comedic. In the last 10 Tom Cruise movies, my favorite appearance has to be as the sleazy Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder. In terms of all-time, his best role is probably as Charlie Babbitt in Rain Man.

I don’t know what it is, but Tom Cruise has a certain undeniable charisma and charm.

And that weird energy really works for comedies. Tom Cruise’s delivery of his lines is fucking spot-on and that alone induces laugh-out loud moments. Several of those such scenes exist in this movie—especially when the story keeps being reset. Edge of Tomorrow is so much more than just the sum of its comedic components, but I’m struggling to recall a movie I’ve seen in 2014 that’s funnier.

Full Metal Bitch

Tom Cruise does all the heavy lifting here, but Emily Blunt holds her own next to one of the biggest movie stars. The only movie I can remember Emily Blunt from before this is Looper, which now makes it two of the best most recent sci-fi movies under her belt. Blunt plays the role of Rita Vrataski, the Full Metal Bitch, who is actually the resident badass in this film since Cruise is acting against type as a more of a coward.

The story almost goes off the rails during the meandering middle section, but the chemistry between these two characters carries the movie by actually making you care emotionally about their well-being.

If you’ve heard or seen anything about this movie, you know that Edge of Tomorrow is essentially equal parts Groundhog Day and Starship Troopers. That’s not entirely the case as it turns out, but it’s easy to see why those comparisons arise. Somehow, Edge of Tomorrow still manages to seem fresh even though this isn’t entirely unique since it’s a mish-mash of components from other successful movies.


However, my biggest issue with Edge of Tomorrow is the design of the aliens (called mimics, for some reason) because they are neither new nor memorable. Basically, most of the aliens look like hurling chunks of metal dreadlocks with chaotic movement that only makes the action more difficult to follow. Since these creatures are main focus for at least two-thirds of the film, the re-watchability is drastically reduced because you can’t immerse yourself in the visuals and lose your sense of time. Even though the audience should enjoy the ride, you are keenly aware of the inevitable direction and how it will inevitably end.

While this is a very good movie, an opportunity to create something great was wasted by its own watered down PG-13 nature. I understand big budget blockbusters need to appeal to a broader audience to turn a profit, but certain stories just play better with a darker tone. Although an R-rating would have allowed a better version of this story to be told, this is still the summer movie that deserves your adoration.

Aside from some odd visual choices—specifically the shoddy green screen special effects of news footage super-imposing actors into real life clips—there’s very little to complain about this movie. Get over whatever reservations you may have against Tom Cruise and bask in his electric awkwardness once again.

And if you don’t like this movie…

Big Step Back Fuck Your Own Face

4.5 out of 5 stars

TC Dance

  1. Brandon says:

    I didn’t understand it. Is it over or is it still tomorrow yet?

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