Edge Of Tomorrow is one of the best films of 2014. I’m talking top ten. It’s different, smart, cool and stacked with interesting characters in a not dissimilar way to Aliens.
Cruise manages just about to not be ‘Cruise’, helped considerably by the dislikable qualities his character has to start and then his continuing short-comings. Blunt though is where the film focuses, gazing at her as a ‘full metal bitch’, she’s phenomenal, up there with Ripley as a strong female in a sci-fi setting.
The real deal here though is the story and the way it’s worked. The ground-hog day mechanism of repeating sequences is done eloquently and with a savage brutalism, as we see Cruise killed remorselessly and repeatedly to restart his day. There are times when I felt compelled to place my hands in a defensive posture as the inevitable arrived, especially when Blunt ploughed a bullet through Tom’s head again and again.
Production design is exceptional and the action sequences tough and jarring, the beach scene might be all aliens and exoskeletons, but it shares a lot with the opening of Saving Private Ryan. There is little that comes close to good, solid sci-fi. This flick is seriously good, solid as a rock sci-fi, which will be watched over and over and over…
Oh, and it’s written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Doug Liman, no wonder it’s so money.