So two days ago I attended an advanced screening of this summer’s Tom-Cruise-action-epic-with-explosions-where-he-saves-the-day. It was by far the best Tom-Cruise-action-epic-with-explosions-where-he-saves-the-day that I’ve seen.
To start, Cruise himself was brilliant. Helped by the fact that he wasn’t the invincible action hero of many modern action movies, Cruise acted a realistic and surprisingly-likable soldier with the ability to be killed without dying. Cruise got killed very well. His amusing deaths sent chuckles around the room, whilst his serious deaths gave a tangible feeling of desperation and frustration. Emily Blunt, playing opposite, also died well. Playing the ‘Full Metal Bitch’ was a contrast to her performance in ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’, but after her first interaction with Cruise, she was totally believable.
The action was fast and flowing, but importantly original. Yes there were the run-of-the-mill explosions, but the action stood out from similar sci-fi shooters due to an innovative alien concept and excellent writing. The story may not be totally original (what is these days?), but the approach taken to the ‘Groundhog Day’-esque storyline breathes a freshness into a genre obsessed with one-liners, fire and the usual ‘against all odds’ mentality. This is another story about a battle against the end of humanity but Edge of Tomorrow succeeds by replacing the usual the down on his look, battle-hardened protagonist with two extremely fortunate rookies. This makes the characters much more relatable and with that, the film feels much more real and engaging.
The film bests Elysium, betters the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, beats X-Men: Days of Future Past and even tops the excellent Godzilla. ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ should not be dismissed as another Hollywood big-budget explosion fest, it is much more than that. The film is clever, funny and grips you from start to finish. In short, see this movie. Not only is it NOTHING like the trailer suggests, it is unlike any action movie I have seen in recent times.
Today ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is on the edge of perfection, claiming a deserving ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2
(I will link the trailer here but for your own sake don’t watch it. In my opinion, don’t watch any trailers for anything, just especially this.)
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