Movie review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)


There has been a lot of popular big-budget movies released recently that are expected to attract a lot of moviegoers (and these movies did so looking from their overwhelming box office performance worldwide) like Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Maleficent and How To Train Your Dragon 2. Once done with these films, people will just wait a couple more days for the return of the much anticipated Transformers into the big screen on its fourth installment named Age of Extinction. Hence, many would just left out ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, a military science-fiction film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, which is also out on cinemas worldwide recently too.

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Despite not receiving greater publicity (not heavily promoted) like the other movies, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ has been gaining largely positive reviews from most audiences as well as critics. Since the movie starred Tom Cruise (one of my favourite action stars, and I missed his appearance on big screen since his last film ‘Oblivion’, but I prefer more of him from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and that this movie turned out to be surprisingly unknown yet gaining very good feedbacks, I’m going to watch it. And the first thing on my mind after finishing the movie just now; ‘This is surprisingly good!’. Luckily, I didn’t miss this out.

The movie revolves on an officer, William Cage (Tom Cruise) whom finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a female Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy. Basically, you will get confused in the beginning for a short while (it needs time for us to adapt to the story too) and that you would be almost driven mad by the continuous repetition of scenes in first half of the movie since this is something about time loop. Cage gets to reset the time back to a day before once he is killed. If I am on his situation, I would be dead tired, exhausted and gave up. You would know what I mean once you watched this film.

A very fascinating story from a brilliant theme of having time loop in an alien invasion as a background plot. Despite the numerous repeating scenes that took over an hour of the film, the story do develops carefully while still getting the audiences engaged and concerned on where it will leads to. It’s fast-paced and had a lot of intense action packed scenes to keep me thrilled all the way till the end. Tom Cruise delivered a very energetic and awesome performance here. He carried on this heavy role very well and that made the movie nears perfection. Emily Blunt also did a great job in this film as the female lead.

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Great visuals and sound effects too. There has been no major bad remarks from this film. Just that it would be much better if they throw in some light or comedic moments into this film that gets too serious in the whole process. You know…to balance things out. I can see that they try to make things a bit funny here or there in some scenes but those didn’t work out for me. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ a total of 7.7. It is a cleverly crafted sci-fi thriller. A great film.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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