Movie: Edge of Tomorrow
My Rating: 4 stars
This is a pretty great movie. I had heard that it was a sleeper hit, but I wasn’t expecting to like it this much. Because, you know, Tom Cruise is full-on crazy. But, the idea is new and interesting, the writing is really good, and Emily Blunt is just a delight. She’s so strong and sexy in this movie. She could have saved just about any stinker with this performance. Plus, I really love it when a woman gets to play the super-tough, military bad-ass in a sci-fi context. I’d love to be that competent. (But, I’m so lazy!!!)
I also really liked this movie because I’m a sucker for time travel stories. And, this film is a permutation of the genre that I hadn’t really seen before. I guess Groundhog Day is pretty similar. Characters keep living the same day over and over again until they get things right. But, this script actually attempts to explain the “science” behind why this phenomenon is happening, whereas Groundhog Day wanted us to just accept the fact as the basic premise. Also, the main characters in this story are in a futuristic, high-tech military and they’re fighting off an alien invasion. They have big muscles and even bigger guns. That helps to boost the excitement level a little.
I also really enjoyed the cinematography and pacing. Director, Doug Liman, manages to perfectly capture the mix of hope and despair that being in this kind of time loop would create. Characters always have the chance to go back and fix their mistakes. What an amazing opportunity! But, they’re up against such a powerful enemy that they only make tiny bits of progress each time they run through a day. So, they have to replay the same moments an uncountable number of times. Even that idea is completely exhausting! And, the movie actually does a pretty good job of simulating the passage of time without having to take us through all the different reruns.
I really loved this movie. Sure, it’s pretty fluffy, despite how tough and sciency it tries to hold itself out as being. But, that kind of thing is so fun! We don’t have to only watch dour, serious, Danish movies to feel good about our impeccable taste. Living in the post-modern era means that we don’t have to feel bad about ourselves for liking crappy art. Not that this movie is crappy. But, it’s satisfying, and we’ve been taught that emotionally gratifying stories are for children. But, I’m here to give you permission to cast off society’s judgment and to let yourself revel in an exciting, bullet-filled, sci-fi, feel-good movie (with sexy, sweaty Emily Blunt).