The trailer for Edge of Tomorrow hooked me in, but I did enter the movie theatre with low expectations as it was a summer blockbuster type movie and it was a Tom Cruise movie and recently those have not been reliable (Oblivion anyone?!), but the Edge of Tomorrow blew me away, I absolutely loved it, a perfect smart and exciting high concept blockbuster.
I enjoyed the fact that Tom Cruise’s character, Lt. Cage, didn’t start of as the action hero, in fact he wasn’t a very likeable character at all and the action hero was found in the female lady, Emily Blunt’s Rita or Full Metal Bitch as she is often fondly referred to in the movie. I have to say the Full Metal Bitch propaganda posters were pretty bad-ass, half H&M campaign and half a call to arms.
Not only does the Edge of Tomorrow have all out action, with great special effects, but it also has comedy, as Groundhog Day proved you can get a lot comedy out of repeating the same day over and over again, and the interaction between Lt. Cage and Master Sergeant Farell cemented this and made me laugh out loud, but the Edge of Tomorrow also has a believable and heartbreaking love story between Cage and Rita as we never find out how many times he has watched her die. I got totally swept up in the whole thing,it was scary each time the aliens appeared on screen, Lt. Cage’s first day, I felt like I was up in that aircraft locked in and getting ready to be dropped out and the battlefield was frighting. The movie keeps you guessing until the end, I wondered if Rita and Cage would ever find away to defeat the enemy and if they would be able to stay together.
The excellent supporting cast should also be mentioned, Brendan Gleeson and Bill Paxton - always awesome and I was pleased to see former BBC 1 Robin Hood, Jonas Armstrong make an appearance and Austrailian soldier, Griff, helped with the comic relief.
All in all this movie is awesome, I totally recommend you watch, in fact they even made use of the 3D, a rarity as it’s usually a money making after thought these days!