I decided for today’s extra-late entry, I’d write about a brand new movie that just opened today. Edge of Tomorrow is definitely one of my favorites of this year so far, tied only with Captain America and Grand Budapest Hotel. Directed by Doug Liman (Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Edge of tomorrow is by far his best film to date. I guess that’s just what happens when you give the guy a good script, and two great stars with great chemistry to work with.
If I had to sum up Edge of Tomorrow in a word, it would be ‘fun’. The movie walks a thin line between its high-stakes action filled plot and its great sense of humor. The movie has been compared to Groundhog Day, and for good reason. It shares a lot of the similarities in plot structure, but when you paste that concept into a life-and-death, action-packed environment, it’s almost like experiencing it for the first time. Tom Cruises’ character Will Cage dies, and dies, and dies, until he starts learning lessons from it. This leads into one of my other favorite aspects of Edge of Tomorrow; it’s the best video game movie ever made, and it’s not even based on a video game.
Just like us playing video games, Cage starts out with a life, fights until he dies, and then ‘respawns’. This all happens over and over until he learns how to improve his skills, understand the enemies, and literally even figuring out the controls. Unlike Groundhog Day however, this movie doesn’t end with Cage breaking out of this endless cycle. That’s just the end of the second act, and although the movie takes some re-adjusting at that point, it has a very solid ending, that makes sense for the characters and the world they set up.
I really can’t recommend ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ enough, and I hope everyone goes out and sees it. This is the type of big tent-pole movie we need to support; the kind that is based on great characters and stories that haven’t yet been told. I hope they don’t make a sequel to this movie, as it would only undermine the power of the ending. What would be great though, is if this movie did really well at the box office. Hollywood needs to get the message that substance, not style, is what sells movie tickets.