Monday, July 18, 2016
Just Finished Watching... Edge Of Tomorrow
But I have to admit, the man can make a movie. I've seen his other recent sci-fi offering, Oblivion, but I think Edge of Tomorrow was the better of the two.
Warning, this post contains some spoilers!
The premise of this story is a firm favorite of mine; a reluctant soldier fighting aliens has to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.
I absolutely love a Ground Hog day story. Any time one of my favorite TV shows does it (Stargate SG1 and Supernatural always come to mind as examples of shows that have done this brilliantly) I'm pretty much in heaven. That, and the fact this was a sci-fi were the only two elements which made me want to watch this movie. However, I ended up enjoying it far more than I expected.
This was the kind of character-driven story I like to see, though usually I'm consuming them in TV series format and the evolution of the character happens over a long period of time, often taking years.
For William Cage in Edge of Tomorrow, the journey from reluctant participant to outright hero was fast and brutal. And I have to say I was very impressed with how the sometimes obligatory blockbuster movie romance between Cage and his counterpart heroine, Rita Vrataski, (played by Emily Blunt) was woven into the story. The audience wasn't clobbered over the head with it, nor was it ever completely forgotten in favor of other story elements. It built up along with the tension as Cage went from simply trying to survive the day, to actively intending to beat the alien invasion.
But, the theory I have is this: because the aliens controlled time, when Cage killed them and regained the power of time looping, their death happened outside the normal bounds of the space-time continuum, which is where they probably existed anyway. Still with me? Cage was dying when he regained the power, and I have to imagine one of his last dying thoughts was wishing he could go back before it all started. So though he didn't realize what he was doing (and since the power is never really explained in depth, this is just a guess on my part) I have to think that Cage sent himself back to an earlier point, well before his usual reset place, to a time before he was even told that he would be joining the battle front.
So, as I said, I ended up enjoying this movie far more than I expected. Though some hard-core sci fi fans might complain about the lack of explanation behind a lot of the story concepts, I was happy to go with it in return for a great character-growth story arc and understated but excellent undertones of romance. However, being an action movie, this was on the violent side, with too many different kinds of death scenes of both Cage and other characters to count. Not for the squeamish, but if you can stomach a bit of graphic violence and Tom Cruise, then I think this movie is definitely worth watching. I might even see it a second time!