Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Edge of Tomorrow

Directed by Doug Liman and out now on Blu-Ray and DVD comes Edge of Tomorrow, possibly one of the best action films I’ve seen in years, and yet one of the most underrated films to come out this year. The poster was full of 5 star and 4 star ratings, yet I struggled to find people who had seen it while it was in the cinema, and everyone who has seen it since has seen it because I made them. Starring Tom Cruise this film is an adaptation of the Japanese light novel ‘All you need is kill’, and it's worth watching again, and again, and again.

Edge of Tomorrow has just been released and it's about Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a public relations officer who has absolutely no experience in fighting terrifying aliens that want to tear his body into confetti, but ends up having to do exactly that. The poster girl of war propaganda is Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), an unbelievably powerful warrior. Major Cage gets drafted for seemingly no reason. He ends up confused and terrified getting forced into an exoskeleton and dropped from a ship into a war, where he almost instantly gets murdered after shooting a big blue thing in the face. However, this strangely causes his life to instantly reset to the morning of his drafting.

Edge of Tomorrow has just been released and William Cage soon realises that Rita Vrataski is the only other person to experience this respawning effect. The film from about here starts to feel like a video game that you aren’t playing, but that looks incredible. Cage and Rita discover that there is a central hub that needs to be destroyed to save the world, and the only way to do that is to make use of his ability to never really die. I’d like to think that sometimes Cage would die in battle then immediately run away and go and spend a few hours in a brothel, or in an arcade or perhaps watching Mrs. Brown’s Boys Live and publicly shooting himself in the head as a protest. I wonder to myself if the other lives that he lived continue on as a parallel universe where everyone has a different story of how Cage died.

Edge of Tomorrow has just been released and it’s an amazingly paced film, and one that deserves to be held as a classic but will probably be overlooked and forgotten in time. Legend has it that there is a sequel in the making, though I can’t imagine how that would work given the premise. I can’t imagine Hollywood wanting to throw loads of money at a film that was so derivative, one that would possibly ruin the feeling you had of the original simply just to make a profit. Surely they have more integrity than that. Surely Hollywood would never ruin a perfectly good stand alone film just to make it into a half hearted trilogy that is complete shit.

Edge of Tomorrow has just been released and you should definitely buy it, it made me want to fight aliens, and die a lot - 4/5.


Dave Roberts 

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