EDGE OF TOMORROW Review; "One Of 2014's Best Movies"

With big releases like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past all filling up theatres lately, Edge of Tomorrow has flown somewhat under the radar. Well, you're not going to want to miss this one regardless, and you can read my spoiler-free take here!

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By Josh Wilding - 5/30/2014

Edge of Tomorrow was one of those movies I went into not knowing what to expect. I had a vague idea about the plot and had watched the odd trailer or two, but it wasn't a movie I had followed as closely as the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Perhaps that's why I was so pleasantly surprised, as the movie is arguably one of the best releases of 2014 and a damn fine addition to the sci-fi genre.

The idea of someone reliving the same day over and over may not be particularly new, but Doug Liman handles it expertly here, making clever use of the concept. Each time Tom Cruise's initially cowardly (though it's not hard to relate to him or the position he finds himself in) Cage dies, he then has to try and retrace his footsteps and do things differently the next time. However, rather than show us the same scenes over and over again with a slightly different ending, Liman makes them all different enough to keep us hooked and when we do retread old ground, it's in a very refreshing or unexpected way. It's a great storytelling tool, and combined with the engrossing action, it makes Edge of Tomorrow one of the most exciting and thrilling movies I've seen in a very long time. At one point, Cage has relived the same day so many times that he expertly knows where and when to step through a crowded office building to avoid detection. It's clever! 

Of course, things take a big turn when he meets Emily Blunt's Rita, and the relationship between the two is a fascinating aspect of the movie and just as engrossing as the action. Both Cruise and Blunt share an awful lot of chemistry, and their top notch performances more than make up for the mostly very annoying supporting cast of characters and their assortment of irritating accents (though it's fair to say that you'll probably quite like them by the time the credits roll). Why neither of these actors has been cast in a comic book movie is mind boggling, but expect to see both at their best in Edge of Tomorrow.

At just under two hours, the movie flies by, and is a visual spectacle from start to finish. These are some stunning special effects, though the alien invaders aren't particularly memorable despite being well-designed and exciting to watch. The ending feels a tiny bit tacked on for reasons which will become apparent when you see Edge of Tomorrow, but I personally loved it, and it simply made it all the more satisfying a viewing experience. Like Oblivion, I have a horrible feeling that Edge of Tomorrow won't find the success it deserves, but the appeal of Tom Cruise overseas and some great reviews will hopefully make a big difference. A sequel isn't necessarily a must, but I for one would love to spend some more time with these characters!

One of 2014's best movies, Edge of Tomorrow is a must-watch and will definitely leave sci-fi fans VERY happy.


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GodzillaKart - 5/30/2014, 12:50 PM
Hmmm! Will definitely check it out.
nailbiter111 - 5/30/2014, 12:50 PM
Dang, you type fast.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 5/30/2014, 12:52 PM
Ah, I love when movies look mediocre and wind up being great. Can't wait
yonny616 - 5/30/2014, 12:53 PM
Will check out. The buzz for this movie has been great.
KingPatel - 5/30/2014, 12:53 PM
Great review! Can't wait!
TheUltimateSuperman92 - 5/30/2014, 12:58 PM
can't wait to see it next week
TheUltimateSuperman92 - 5/30/2014, 12:59 PM
this summer looks very promising
ALegendaryPanda - 5/30/2014, 12:59 PM
At first I wasn't even going to see this movie, I just thought it looked generic as hell. But after all the reviews saying how great it is there's no way I'm passing this up!
xfan320 - 5/30/2014, 1:01 PM
How's Bill Paxton in it???

Is he one of the annoying characters? Or is his performance legendary as usual???
TheAbaryMan369 - 5/30/2014, 1:03 PM
I'd like to see this movie, but I'm being dragged out to see A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST by my non-geek friends.
Fun1gUy - 5/30/2014, 1:05 PM
DAMN so far, CA:TWS and X:DOFP have been my top two movies of this year, i hope this movie does great and can't wait to see the rest this year has planned for me
DlAMONDZ - 5/30/2014, 1:06 PM
Will probably catch this.
FastFlames - 5/30/2014, 1:07 PM
Was on the fence, but then started to come around with early reviews, but now I gotta see it!!
manofsteel1942 - 5/30/2014, 1:09 PM
Dandy - 5/30/2014, 1:09 PM
Josh Wilding only really has two reviews 5 star and 1 star

JK

Glad you liked it. I might see it.....but I will likely see How To Train Your Dragon 2 first.
janitra - 5/30/2014, 1:11 PM
Yes it is!
My favorites from 2014 so far:
1. CA: TWS
2. Edge of Tomorrow
3. X-Men: DoFP
MantiniumMan - 5/30/2014, 1:22 PM
I thought this film would be crap,and now people are saying its up their with quality sci fi.

And I love sci-fi.....

I never liked Oblivion it was to far fetched and just meh,but they are saying this is up their with the best in the genre.....

Have to check it out.......
Ramiel - 5/30/2014, 1:43 PM
Definitely watching this next week!
FantasticSpidey - 5/30/2014, 1:57 PM
I liked it better when it was called Groundhog Day.
QuestiontheAnswer - 5/30/2014, 2:00 PM
Wtf is up with this year and brilliant films?
Lilvic92 - 5/30/2014, 2:06 PM
Maybe this could be the first step in bringing success to Manga/Anime movies.

Because DragonBall Evolution set anime movies back 20 years..
SpiderFraud - 5/30/2014, 2:19 PM
Guess I was wrong about this movie.

Dunejedi - 5/30/2014, 2:23 PM
I'll prolly netflix it, but Cruise is pretty played out for me.
MercwithMouth - 5/30/2014, 2:26 PM
Bill [frick]ing Murray did it first, and probably better.
DonaldBlake68 - 5/30/2014, 2:30 PM
Really?!? Thats surprising. It seems like Tom Cruise has been releasing the same movie twice a year for the past decade. But if you say its not only a worth a watch but 5 stars worthy, i'll chloroform my fiancee and have her wake up in the theater.
manofsteel1942 - 5/30/2014, 2:41 PM
Christuffer - 5/30/2014, 3:02 PM
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Ranger14 - 5/30/2014, 3:04 PM
There aren't enough great reviews to talk me into paying to watch a film with Tom Cruise in it. :-p
Humperdink - 5/30/2014, 3:35 PM

@Josh

Whaaaaa??!

Cruise about to shake off them haters...Aquaman will do that soon too in that Justice League movie.

Marxman12 - 5/30/2014, 3:44 PM
Tom Cruise is a good actor.
0megaDaGod - 5/30/2014, 4:18 PM
2014>2013
Humperdink - 5/30/2014, 4:19 PM
@Marxman12


Yeah he is.

He may star in a lot of the same sort of material/roles but the guy is a talented actor.
Mastyrwerk - 5/30/2014, 4:55 PM
Has Cruise ever done a sequel?
ndwwrestler2 - 5/30/2014, 5:17 PM
@Mastywerk Mission Impossible 1,2,3, and 4 (A.K.A Ghost Protocol)
Azazel1 - 5/30/2014, 5:27 PM
Reminds me of 99 when everyone was flooding to see The Phantom Menace and nobody really knew much about the Matrix...

The Matrix ended up awesome.

The difference there though is The Phantom Menace ended up shit while Days of Future Past is amazing...
alijoe - 5/30/2014, 5:53 PM
Badass movie weak ending
BonoDickinson1 - 5/30/2014, 6:15 PM
Loved War of the Worlds (2005), Minority Report and I'm sure I'll add this. I personally like him as an action star but I hear some grumbly gripes about his personal life and for many it's hard to separate the character from the man but sheesh , the films I mentioned were exciting. No?
GetsugaTensho22 - 5/30/2014, 6:16 PM
Stop comparing it to Oblivion. This looks awesome. Oblivion was complete rubbish.
Destined - 5/30/2014, 6:23 PM
Will be waiting to watch this on rental.
AOSgotAlright - 5/30/2014, 7:03 PM
Heard amazing things about this. I will be checking it out without a doubt. We can watch a trailer or pass judgement on an actor, but when the reviews are this good, it seems silly to not give it a shot.

Now I'm really looking forward to this.
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