(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Picture Edge of Tomorrow like this, imagine the classic comedy Groundhog Day, but add to the story and comedy with intense futuristic war action scenes with aliens, add some great acting with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and you get this enjoyable action flick. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.
I have to say, when the trailers came out for this movie I wasn’t convince. I was like they are using the storyline of Groundhog Day to make an action war movie with aliens. Tom Cruise is a good action actor, I’ve enjoyed most of his movies. Off the big screen is a different story, but we’re not talking about that. I thought the action in this movie alone would make this mediocre at best, but this why we watch the movies. It was a pleasant and well thought out surprise, and made me relax and enjoy the show. I will start with what I liked, to what I didn’t like.
What I liked, even though they took the main plot of the classic comedy Groundhog Day, which is a guy waking up to the same day, the story really made it to their own unique sci-fi way that made it unique in its own. The way they described how the Protagonist recieved the power to be in a time loop with the blood of the Alpha Mimic, and the twists that the visions is a set up for the Mimics to takeaway his power was pure genius. It worked, and that’s what kept me engaged through the whole movie. I knew the action was going to be good, but I didn’t know the action was going to be this intense. Even the training scenes were intense, but the battle at the beach created some very intense war action scenes. The aliens, known as Mimics, showed how dangerous they really are, and why they need to have Super Soldiers in a role of a mechanical suit. I was on the edge of my seat through the action scenes, and that’s what director Doug Liman does best. He makes his action well grounded for us, and makes an alien war movie believable. It’s not easy to repeat certain scenes plenty of times, but the movie nailed it. The acting was good I really enjoyed the teamwork between Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Cruise playing Major William Cage playing a marketing soldier who got duped into becoming a real Super Soldier on the battlefield who receives the power of the time loop to try and get the victory by destroying the Omega Mimic, which gives the Alpha Mimics the same time loop power. Emily Blunt who plays a bad ass Sargent Rita Vrataski who teams up with Cage, because she used to have the time loop power and knows the significance of it to win the war against the Mimics. I enjoyed Bill Paxton playing Master Sargent Farrell. He provided a lot of comedy relief, especially at the beginning of the movie. As for the rest of the soldiers in Cage’s crew, they acted well from being big bullies to Cage, to trusting him to become their leader. Cage played everything well, and what a memory he has.
What I didn’t like, everything from the beginning to the middle of the movie was pretty good, however I was a little disappointed in the last part of the movie. Specifically the final battle in Paris. I didn’t think it was that intense like in the beginning of the movie. Instead they show a pinch of a love scene between Cage and Vrataski, and then they succeed in blowing the Omega Mimic. It wasn’t that thrilling for me which is disappointing. I really didn’t like the ending as well. It was a little confusing for me on what just happened, cuz Cage wakes up at the helicopter at the beginning of the movie. It shows that the humans are winning the war, and lastly Cage meets up with Vrataski and she doesn’t recognize him, and Cage responds with a laugh and smile, and boom it ends. Huh? When it sunk in, I developed one theory. When Cage blew up the Omega Mimic and was covered in it’s blood as he dies, I believe he turns to the human Omega Mimic and turns the table to not only help the world, but himself on getting his soldier rep back. He meets up with Vrataski to not only remind her what happened, but to ask her out as well. It’s just a theory (and a crazy one at that) but who knows what that ending meant. Regardless, I hate it when movies leave you that dumbfounded.
Overall, the movie was a pleasant surprise in seeing what Tom Cruise do best in action movies. You will be entertained and maybe confused, but it’s a good watch that I recommend!!! Final Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.