Edge of Tomorrow is a bad-ass, must see, intelligent, immersive movie that has a near-future soldier reliving the same two days over and over in a battle with aliens who have invaded Europe and soon the world. Each time the soldier dies, he awakes the day before only to relive the days’ events and perhaps learn something new that will help him ultimately defeat the aliens. It’s sort of like a video game, where when you die, you pick up near where you left off, only to be smarter and better prepared to advance farther in the game. If you’re already worried about the movie repeating itself, don’t be. Each new repeat smartly offers something new and advances the storyline.
Cruise gives one of the best performances of his career, and Emily Blunt gives a great performance as the Full Metal Bitch – a bad-ass female soldier also known as the Angel of Verdun.
It’s cool to see this movie debut on the same weekend as the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, as the main battle is an air and amphibious assault on the French coastline.
The special effects are superb and the future battle tech is certainly believable. The exo-skeletons, known as “jackets” in this movie, are currently under development by DARPA and other military research departments. In fact, there’s a great amount of detail in the military tech in Edge of Tomorrow. Look closely for example and you’ll see a U.S. Navy LCAC hovercraft on the beach and also a Russian Zubr-class hovercraft (which is the world’s largest).
This is not just another recent Tom Cruise movie like Oblivion, which was decent. We’ve already used bad-ass twice (now three times) in this review. This movie is bad-ass, and one you may want to repeat seeing again.