“Edge of Tomorrow” is the latest in a long list of sci-fi action movies depicting a war between humans and aliens. Major William Cage, played by Tom Cruise is sent into combat against the aliens. Cage is killed almost immediately, but he finds himself trapped in a seemingly infinite time loop that forces him to repeat the same combat mission daily, like an action-packed, futuristic version of Groundhog Day.
Cruise brilliantly portrays the trapped Officer and makes “Edge of Tomorrow” a refreshingly original, laugh-out-loud funny movie. The movie takes full advantage of the humorous nature of the time loop through amusing dialog, hilarious situations and unexpected action sequences to keep the repetitive scenes feeling unique and exciting.
Cruise’s struggle to deal with his never-ending day keeps moviegoers amused and entertained, while co-star Emily Blunt battles the aliens in a powerful, aggressive style that reminds viewers that they are watching an action movie. Blunt is the strong female lead that audiences have been looking for in action movies for years. She doesn’t swoon at the sight of Tom Cruise, she isn’t objectified or sexualized and she has a strong reputation as an elite soldier.
When Blunt and Cruise finally team up, their characters work extremely well together and they make for a great action team. The two seasoned actors play off each other’s strengths and the action scenes are exhilarating. Blunt and Cruise have great chemistry, and their dialogue never feels stale or forced, which keeps the movie moving quickly.
The movie manages to stay fresh and amusing, while simultaneously creating a fluid, cohesive storyline that makes for a believable and thoroughly entertaining sci-fi movie that will keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats. Despite a somewhat complicated plot, “Edge of Tomorrow” carefully lays out the major plot points and goes into enough detail to explain the crucial elements of the story without getting bogged down by unnecessary pieces of information.
Moreover, the film sounds and looks phenomenal. This is one of the few sci-fi movies that does an excellent job with the use of both camera angles and sound editing. The various angles help to bring viewers into the movie and create an immersive and enjoyable viewing experience, while the well-balanced audio helps the action leap off the screen. Each type of alien sounds different, which helps the audience identify what it is, and their sounds match up well with their size – the smaller aliens don’t sound like Godzilla and the larger aliens have menacing but appropriate yells that make them seem far more believable.
“Edge of Tomorrow” is a very well made movie carefully balances comedic, dramatic and action-packed moments to craft an immensely enjoyable sci-fi movie. Blunt and Cruise give great performances, and they work extremely well together. This movie will keep moviegoers entertained from start to finish.
Furthermore, it is clear that 3-D was taken into consideration during the filming of the movie, and I recommend viewers pay the extra price to see the movie in 3-D. The explosive action makes the 3-D effects worth the price. “Edge of Tomorrow” hits theaters June 6, 2014 and is definitely worth watching.