Sunday, October 19, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Movie Review #DVD #TomCruise


Movie: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Director: Doug Liman
Writers: Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Plot: An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with the alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer to defeating the enemy.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) is the latest Tom Cruise movie to have hit the audiences. The movie is a sci-fi, drama, thriller that revolves around a love story between two officers who are fighting a war against the alien race. Allied forces officer Cage finds himself trapped in a time loop aster being splattered with alien blood and soon figures that he is not the only one to have experienced the loop. He soon finds Rita a celebrity warrior who has gone through the loop previously only to have an accident take it away from her. What follows, is a constant effort that Cage makes to win a war he cannot possibly lose if he maintains the loop against an enemy that is already using the loop to slowly drain down and defeat the human race. Cage's motive however is more governed by somehow cheating Rita's death which seems inevitable in the process.

Tom Cruise and Emily blunt have put in good performances and the acting overall has been a strong asset of the film. The idea of the film is also interesting and has a lot of margin for acting and storytelling. To me, however the loop has not been tackled too well by the storytellers and the director. The movie seems to be too occupied with repeating the cycle and hence each cycle does not offer too many moments to keep the audience involved. The looping demanded subtlety which the directors failed to achieve. I would have liked lesser loops shown in the movie with each one providing more thrills and a greater junk of storytelling.
The production values are top notch. The aliens are well crafted and the look of the film is slick. The treatment does complete justice to the huge star cast and on those grounds the movie delivers because the audiences are surely bound to be impressed by what they see on the screens. It is equally enjoyable on DVD and in the cinema.

If you are a Sci-Fi fan or for that matter a Tom Cruise fanatic this is a must watch. The movie is good, could have been legendary, but it definitely ranks among the year's to-watch list.

Rating: 4/5

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