Edge of Tomorrow Film Review

Film Review by Jon E Clist
Edge of Tomorrow
The Premise
A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way.
The Review
It is pretty funny how such a successful j actor can create such dread to the anticipation leading up to the viewing of a film. Yet this actor has shown such great success over a long and illustrious career. Yet we do the whole oh no it's gonna be cheese thing at the thought of a new film featuring him.
I have to say. Hat this film is not worthy of those sorts of statements. It is a solid film filled with great action, an enthralling plot. Dealing with the sci-fi takes on time travel can often make for huge plot holes, however without necessarily being super clever in the way of physics and so on, I actually felt as though it all kind of made sense here. Tom Cruise is brilliant and it is enjoyable seeing him in the first third of the film as a non-action hero. Just as in Groundhog Day, Cruise’s character Cage must utilise the repeating sequences to learn how to fight and survive. So it doesn't just come naturally as it does in his other action films such as Mission Impossible and Oblivion. This adds some great weight to his character and when you see him come into contact with the strong female lead of Rita (Blunt) it is a welcome direction that it is a female that has to teach him how to fight these creatures. There really aren’t enough strong female roles in Hollywood blockbusters yet.
The film looks stunning and just out of interest it was filmed almost entirely on the same sets used for the 'Harry Potter' series of films. Of course the script is as good as the premise, which means a little less of the cheesy dialogue that has often plagued Cruises films in the past. The first writer on the film, Dante Harper, who did not receive final credit, sold his spec script to Warner Bros. in 2010 for over $1 million. So there is some money for jam, however it might not feel good to the artist in him to not have the scriptwriting credit on the film.


The Verdict
A brilliant Sci-Fi film that engages, enthrals and in general really entertains.
The Trailer
The Info
Releases: 5th June 2014
Rating: M - Contains violence and offensive language
Duration: 113 minutes
Genre:  Sci-Fi
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Director: Doug Liman (Fair Game, Jumper)
The Extras
Tom Cruise began pre-production on the film on July 20, 2012, less than a week after wrapping his film Oblivion (2013).
Tom Cruise spent over $100,000 on a lavish wrap party for the cast and crew. He did not attend himself as he was finishing his scenes for the movie.