“Come find me when you wake up!”–Rita Vrataski
BLUF: Not terrible, but not nearly as good as the 90% RT rating would suggest.
IMDB Summary: “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.”
Beginning–Sheisty PR man, William Cage (Tom Cruise), a Major with no actual combat experience, is thrust unexpectedly into the thick of the action only to find himself cursed Bill Murray Groundhog Day style to “live, die, repeat.”
Middle–Cage/Cruise joins forces with Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), one of only two people who understand what is happening to him and why, and they quickly enact a plan to save the human race.
End–Showdown with the bad guys, who are sort of a three-way cross between Cthulhu, alien, and the Borg.
Critical Reception: RT: 90%. IMDB: 8.0. The central conceit, which is clever, is thrown at the audience unceremoniously with the expectation that we will take it at face value. Those who did, including the majority of the critics, generally found it entertaining and sufficiently propped up with good performances from Cruise and Blunt and also good special effects. In general, seemingly low expectations resulted in pleasant surprise. “The conceit may sound constricting,” says The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr, “but Liman gets exceptional mileage out of it.” On the other hand, those who set the bar a bit higher came up short. “It’s fun for a while,” says Newsday’s Rafer Guzman, but Edge of Tomorrow is what the GIs used to call a blivet — 10 pounds of movie in a five-pound bag.”
My Take: I’m somewhere in the middle. It’s serviceable enough, better than Oblivion, but certainly nothing worth watching twice. It’s a good thing the central conceit is a clever one as that’s really all the movie has. A conversation in the not too distant futture about Edge of Tomorrow might start like this: “Hey, remember that Tom Cruise movie where it’s like he’s in a video game?” It would also end there, as there simply isn’t anything else to say about it (except that Emily Blunt looks great). Not helping matters is the fact that they couldn’t resist shoehorning in a Hollywood ending. Had they done so, there might have been something to mine there, but resistance apparently is futile.