Thursday, 18 September 2014

Movie review - Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) / action, sci-fi

Directed by Doug Liman
Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth
Based on All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Produced by Erwin Stoff, Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Gregory Jacobs and Jason Hoffs
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda, Tony Way, Noah Taylor
Trailer: click.

Enjoyable blockbuster!

The film takes place in the near future, where an alien race has invaded the Earth and defeated the world's military units. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is a military PR officer inexperienced in combat, who is deployed into a combat mission against the aliens. Though Cage is killed in minutes, he finds himself starting over in a time loop, repeating the same mission and being killed again. Each time Cage learns new things but everything gets even clearer when he teams up with Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt).

This is a gripping, well told and well-acted movie with great chemistry between Tom and Emily. Interesting storyline may not be the most original but the great thing is the time-loop premise's ability to remain fresh. Storytelling is dynamic, with the script, the visuals and the action favourable as well. This enjoyable blockbuster is actually surprisingly clever and funny scenes are well placed. The aliens' design were scary looking in a cool way. My main complaint would be the unconvincing final stretch but otherwise a perfect combo for a good blockbuster film: smart, fun and exciting! 4/5

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