Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
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"Not as bad as I expected," seems to be a recurring theme of response to Edge of Tomorrow. Well I don't have money to throw away on intentionally disappointing films.
Based on word of mouth or trusted critics, I decide whether to see a movie (1) in a first-run, 3-D, IMAX theater after a steak, (2) in a $5 second-run house with a box of smuggled Junior Mints, (3) on a scratched DVD borrowed from the library, or (4) interrupted by commercials on broadcast TV. Okay, I employ other nuanced tiers of discernment, but you appreciate the gist of the economic scale.
I paid for three people to watch Edge of Tomorrow in its initial release. No 3-D. No IMAX. I downed an overpriced box of dark chocolate Raisinettes before the previews finished. I watched a man repeat the worst day of his life about fifty times... and I didn't get bored. I saw Tom Cruise play iterations of the same character across a broad spectrum of emotion and thought "okay, he's got some acting chops." I was impressed (but not browbeaten to exhaustion) by character design and FX spectacle. Afterward, I took a family out for burgers and joined in their conversation about time paradoxes, second chances, and the "gamification" of life.
I didn't regret the cost.
"Surprisingly not terrible." That was what I said to the marketing kid who was in charge of capturing everyone's thoughts as we exited out of the advance screening.
Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers with a bit of Aliens thrown in for good measure. A great blend of action and humor that doesn't take itself too seriously.
I believe the common complaint will be that there just was not enough of Bill "Game Over, Man" Paxton.
EDGE OF TOMORROW offers a very entertaining transfer of the basic video game premise - you're dead, restart level? - to the big screen.
Liman and Cruise succeed in combining the frustration of redoing a mission over and over again with fun, creativity and yes, even a genuine emotional element.
The action scenes are absolutely spectacular, the design is really impressive, and Tom Cruise is terrific.
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This movie ranks #50 in Sci-fi
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This movie ranks #307 in All-Time Worldwide Box office
This movie ranks #897 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films