Edge of tomorrow is being sold worldwide as an innovative science-fiction movie, but this prognosis is completely blown out of the sky. Those responsible for selling such fairytales clearly know *not* much about movies, in general.
Not only is the story an atrocious reproduction of the Jake Gyllenhaal-film Source code, which by itself is a copy of the Bill Murray cult classic Groundhog day, but on top of everything else the special effects are obsolete, meaning, nothing we’ve seen before in far more sensational action movies.
Add to that a slouchy cinematography and futuristic monsters who barely seem interesting enough to keep your eyes open, and you’ll have a pretty good idea why the latest Tom Cruise-movie will not yield the same success as pretty much every other blockbuster in his name.
The major error is this time not to be contributed to the actors.
Tom Cruise acts on automatic pilot (or in his case Cruise control, lol!) and manages to keep his performance above level. The short man plays his part with spunk, as we’ve come to expect from him, but don’t expect any real acting.
Just as much goes for his co-pilot in this movie, Emily Blunt. Being slightly upgraded in the category ‘acting’ she does does a distinctly better job at playing her character. Yes, she’s a very pretty picture to behold – especially now that she’s gearing up as a dirt-covered female soldier – but fortunately for her she brings more to the table than just her bare looks and that unmistakably beautiful smile of hers.
If you really wish to look for an actor’s actor – the kind who can give character depth to virtually any role in any movie genre he’s playing – then you’ll find yourself face-to-face with first-rate actor Bill Paxton. He clearly enjoys his part as an authoritative military figure who has to ensure that the inexperienced soldier, played by Tom Cruise will survive his very first battle.
‘Tom Cruise an inexperienced soldier?’, you probably wonder. ‘Isn’t he supposed to be the great hero of the story then?’
No fuss … he is … just not from the very beginning. And that leads us right to the core of the story. Just as in Source code a soldier keeps going in time to bring a military mission to a success. There is however one big difference between both movies. Source code was a more than decent movie that kept you entertained for an hour and a half.
Edge of tomorrow tries to venture in the same footsteps, but fails like an airplane with no wings. Instead of a propulsive storyline that titillates the curiosity of the viewer, you get easily bored out of your wits after the first hour. Reason for it is the movie tends to oversell its original idea to the point where things become seriously monotonous.
After a while, you may not even care anymore if Tom Cruise dies for the hundredth time or not …
‘But what is the story about??’ you may ask.
Right you are! In Edge of tomorrow spring chicken Tom Cruise finds out he’s trapped in some sort of a time circle, meaning he will re-experience the same situation time and time again. Concurrently, the Earth is being attacked by horrendous aliens who – surprise, surprise! – want to kill all humans to take over our planet.
In the end, it doesn’t matter how many times Tom Cruise dies – he always begins at the same moment in time. You could compare the story to a pimply teenager who fails to finish the first level of a videogame.
As the story progresses – the movie, not the videogame – Tom Cruise becomes increasingly better at staying alive, thus managing to take down a lot more of those nasty space beasts!
The big counterproductive force in this movie is without a doubt director Doug Liman and his team! They really make a mess of it … which is a bit strange considering Doug Liman is the driving force behind the impressive action movie The Bourne identity!
The use of cameras he deploys is the sort of cinematography that you would find in a cheap knock-off videogame. The action is chaotic, often hard to follow and ultimately a bit tame.
Worse even is that the alien monsters are so unimpressively created you are neither frightened nor dazzled by the special effects. Only at the end do you get a close-up with one of them creatures, delivering a fine punch. But for the most part all you see is just a heap of tentacles and large pieces of metal flying around.
To call the movie bad would be brutal.
Luckily, there are a few silent moments to accommodate for all the action. And it’s precisely these breathing spaces where you can catch your breath. Not surprisingly so, these are also far-out the best scenes of the movie!
The interaction between Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt runs smoothly like a train. The movie even has a few funny scenes.
Like when Tom Cruise tries his mission again for the umpteenth time and – just when you expect him to make it this time – something silly causes his death once more.
Or how about he knows exactly what’s going to happen and what he has to do, because he’s been in this particular situation a dozen times before.
Come to think of it, Tom Cruise may very well be a videogame character failing to complete his level time and time again … it does deliver a few funny punches near the end!
did you know?
Tom Cruise spent over 100,000$ on a lavish wrap party for the cast and crew. He did not attend himself as he was finishing his scenes for the movie.
Give it to me straight:
It overall is a real pity that Edge of tomorrow is so weak in some places, but so excitingly funny and entertaining in others.
The movie definitely has potential like the absurd death scenes of Tom Cruise when he fails – yet again! – in completing his mission. Or when he knows what someone is going to say before they have a chance to open their mouths.
Grosso modo this movie is a missed opportunity! In the hands of a better director (Spielberg comes to mind), this movie would’ve benefited from cooler monsters, better camera positions and more impressive action set pieces.
Not to mention the story which is about as empty as the skull of a dead animal. All it does is allow Tom Cruise to start the same mission all over again. The how or why never gets a front-seat in the movie.
The result? You have that gnawing feeling you’ve settled for a full movie, but instead all you get is a repetition of the same scene all over again.
You would almost wish Tom Cruise dies in this movie … and stays dead!