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Title: Edge of Tomorrow
HTS Overall Score:87
Tom Cruise is nothing if not a fun actor. He’s been everywhere from Oscar winning in his younger days, to a dramatic nut bag in his aging years, but he still knows how to play the audience like a fiddle and give them what they want. I don’t know, maybe it’s because he’s short. Trying harder to make up for his lack of height in some Freudian sort of way, I don’t know, but whatever it is Tom is still a lot of fun to watch on the big screen. I liked “Oblivion” when it came out a few years ago, as Cruise tends to do well in this sci-fi adventures, so color me intrigued when I realized that he was starring in ANOTHER movie alongside my future wife, Emily Blunt, called “All You Need is Kill”. I had read the original Japanese Manga that the movie was based on and really enjoyed it, so this was kind of a no brainer that I would be seeing it in theaters, (despite it’s weird retitling to “Edge of Tomorrow”) even though I was pretty sure they were going to “Cruisify” it. I watched it once. I had a good time. I watched it twice, I had a blast. By the time I watched it a third time, it was easily one of my favorite movies of the year, tied up there with “Captain America: The Winder Soldier”.
Humanity has come to the brink of genocide, as an alien race, known as the Mimics, have landed on Earth and are doing their best to exterminate the human race. No one knows WHY, they just are here, and we’re doing our best to keep ourselves alive as they slaughter us in the millions. Humans have one last ditch effort in the form of robotic exoskeletons, which add massive firepower and huge amounts of augmented strength to match the mimic’s incredible power and hopefully win. The tide changed after the battle of Verdan, as one soldier, after only 3 days practicing in the suit, dominated the battlefield, killing hundreds of mimics. Now the earth defense force has sent Major Cage (Tom Cruise), the man who single handedly has convinced the world of the need of exoskeletons and the world’s symbol for hope as he raises moral with his public speaking. The problem is, he’s a coward who’s really nothing more than a slick talker. After being told he’s being imbedded in the invasion force that’s going into France as a publicity stunt for the world to see, he baulks and tries to blackmail General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) into excusing him from duty, only to have himself knocked over the head and slipped into the invasion force as a new recruit.
Stumbling around without any influence, seen as just another maggot recruit, Cage is jammed into an exoskeleton and dropped into battle where it’s pretty obvious he won’t live past 15 minutes. Everything that can go wrong DOES go wrong as the mimics somehow know the invasion force is coming and the entire troop deployment is slaughtered in a matter of an hour. Before he dies though, Cage yanks a claymore from a dead trooper and detonates it as a mimic commander swoops in for the kill. Only problem is, as he dies, he wakes up the previous morning right where he woke up after being slipped into the new recruit ranks. Confused and scared, he tries to explain this all to Sergeant Farell (played by Bill Paxton, who just EATS up the scenery, making him one of the best characters in the movie), only to be laughed at and stuck back in with is squad of doomed soldiers. Once on the battlefield things play out exactly as they did the day before, only this time he knows they’re going to get slaughtered. Dying again, the cycle repeats itself and it becomes apparent that he is reliving the same day over and over again.
They always say, practice makes perfect, and Cage gets LOTS of practice, slowly being able to actually kill off a few mimics. This all changes when he saves that one soldier who singlehandedly saved the battle of Verdan. Saving her life and slaughtering a half dozen mimics in the process, Rita (Emily Blunt), realizes that there is something special in Cage and asks him to find her when he “wakes up”. On his next reboot on life he seeks her out and tells her what she said on the battlefield yesterday..eerrrr tomorrow. It turns out that Rita was exactly like Cage back at Verdan, which explains why she was able to singlehandedly take out the Mimic defenses (LOOOOOOOOOOTS of practice). While these mimics seem like individual units, she explains that they are actually a hive mentality, with the blue commanders that Cage killed being extremely important and rare to the alien queen, known as “The Omega”. The Omega can actually manipulate time and every time one of the commanders is killed it resets the day, and then they can repeat what happened, but with fore knowledge so that they can exterminate their prey. Now that Cage’s blood was infused with the dying mimic commander’s, he now has taken its place in the hierarchy and is resetting the day every time he dies. With this power he can now do the impossible. Relive each day and fix the mistakes of the day before, getting them closer and closer to finding this Omega and killing it. Effectively stopping the war.
How can you not like a movie that takes elements of Japanese Manga, genocidal war, “Oblivion” and mix it in with “Groundhog Day”? The first time I saw it, I really liked it, but I was kind of tired so I decided to go back for a second viewing. I came to the conclusion that this movie needs a second watch, because you start picking up on all the little details that are in play. Some of the plot holes are suddenly not plot holes with that information and the story flows smoother. With so much repetition as Cage has to battle the SAME villains every single day, it would get boring fast without some humor added to the mix. Rita is great as the straight man (and a gorgeous straight man at that), and Tom Cruise adds his trademark wit and charm to the film, but the real humor addition here is the inclusion of Sergeant Farell. Bill Paxton has come a long way from his days of “Game over man, gave over!” and has bloomed into a rather decent actor with a sort of rugged charm to his aging persona. In his role in “Edge of Tomorrow”, Paxton just chews and chews the scenery in a way that can only be compared to Peter Stormaire, as the over the top Sergeant from Science Hill, Kentucky. Every scene he’s in is made better, just watching him and even Tom speaks behind the scenes about Bill being a fantastic goof to work with.
There are certainly some plot holes, especially concerning the ending, and some of them are there because of trying to tweak a story that already had a coherent ending in the manga. Even so, the movie is a blast to watch as the crew obviously had a blast working together. I never would have paired Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise together, as Emily leans towards light comedies and dramatic period pieces, while Tom is king of the blockbuster role, where he KNOWS (or at least imagines) that he’s king of everything. However, the end result is quite stunning, as her abrasive cynicism and his slightly less wound up charm work well together and they form a surprising almost romance that really WORKS. You can see the toll that it takes on Cage as every day he has to wake up and not only die himself, but watch Rita die every day beside him. You can sort of see just WHY Rita was so cynical and harsh. She had been through the same thing and seen someone else die day in day out for hundreds and hundreds of times.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material
[img]http://www.hometheatershack.com/gallery/file.php?n=28025[/img]“Edge of Tomorrow’s” AVC transfer is one of those that is great, and ALMOST hovers on perfection, if not for a few mild flaws. The film is rife with incredible detail, especially in the close ups when Cage is reborn every day. The dirt and grime, mixed with day old stubble is incredibly detailed on his jawline. The exoskeletons are amazingly realistic, due to the creators using ACTUAL prosthetics augmented with CGI to make them looks that way (and the old school use of zip lines etc to beef them up). I’m still a fan of practical effects, and when done right, the addition of CGI make it look seamless. Black levels are incredibly inky, deep and full of shadow detail in every scene. I noticed some mild black crush in the omega’s hiding spot, but the majority of the darker scenes looked fantastic. The colors are slightly muted, giving it a greyish teal look to the film. Stylistically chose, of course, but the film isn’t going to have that lush saturated “pop” that some others do, even in the bright sunlit scenes. My only real complaint was that a lot of the battle scenes had a sort of soft look to them, smearing out some fine detail during the height of action. My only assumption is that because of the copious amounts of CGI present in the battle, the image was softened a bit to make the transition from practical to CGI appear seamless.
[img]http://www.hometheatershack.com/gallery/file.php?n=28033[/img]The 7.1 DTS-HD MA track is a beast for sure, but a strange beast at that. I will point out, right off the bat, that the LFE channel is completely unfiltered. There is no 30hz or above filter and is VERY apparent in the first 30 seconds of the film where I felt my subs dip below 16 hz and stay that way. The LFE is very powerful, but it is NOT cooked hot like some of the mixes we tend to love, such as “Pacific Rim”, or “Godzilla”. The LFE is low and deep, but doesn’t feel the need to make every sound akin to an earthquake at ground zero. When it’s not needed the LFE slinks off into the corner, to barely rumble away as it adds some low end, but when something like a helicopter rotor, or a deep explosion comes around it hits you in the chest HARD and LOW, raising every hair on your body to attention with the low end extension. Dialogue is good, and balance is excellent overall, and I LOVED the use of the surrounds. The subtlety of the soundstage was off the charts in my opinion. Detail was abounding as you hear individual little sounds in the heat of battle, such as the whine of a turbo engine, or the sliding sound of metal on metal in an exoskeleton with the plink of individual bullets popping from the rear channels while the auto machine guns are tearing it up in the front soundstage. Separation is simply awe inspiring as you can tell where EVERYTHING is coming from. There is no blue of sound, but a complex layering of individual tones and sounds that make up the audio tapestry. I would have given this a perfect score, and really wish I could, but there is one flaw that I found a bit irritating. While the detail and power is there in spades, I felt as if there was a weird sort of muffling going on with some of the sounds. Not in terms of losing sound detail, but as if much of the sound was muted and covered in a blanket, softening it just a bit. It was very strange, because many of the times I would have expected more of a punch to some sounds, and they felt like they were just too soft, not just LFE wise, but in terms of clarity and pop sonically
• Operation Downfall - Adrenaline Cut
• Storming The Beach
• Weapons Of The Future
• Creatures Not Of This World
• On The Edge With Doug Liman
• Deleted Scenes
The Movie is not PERFECT, but it is a barrel of blockbuster fun, with Tom Cruise doing what he does best, and lots of alien carnage. The ending is a bit on the mildly confusing side if you haven’t read the manga, but it is an easily glossed over flaw as the movie is just too fun and too big to be hampered by a little Hollywood logic. I'm honestly surprised at how badly it did in the theaters, which I can only attribute to the horrible marketing that the movie had. Even in home video the marketing falls off the deep end as the name of the movie is barely visible on the case and the tag line "Live, Die, Repeat" takes center stage. Hopefully work of mouth will bring this fantastic flick back into the public's eye and redeem it's theatrical sales. The video and audio are great, and there are actually some decent extras on the disc. I’m not a person who really enjoys extras, but I really did have fun chewing through these. Definitely a must watch, if not a must buy in my humble opinion.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleason
Directed By: Doug Liman
Written By: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 AVC
Audio: ENGLISH: DTS-HD MA 7.1, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 113 minutes
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Recommendation: Must Watch
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