Monday, June 30, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow

The latest Tom Cruise movie is pretty darn good and deserves the high rating of 90% at Rotten Tomatoes (92% from audiences)...

The film is a cross between Groundhog Day and Starship Trooper. Before I saw the movie, I was wary of the fact that the premise of a repeating time loop had been done too many times in cinema. What could be so interesting with yet another take on this idea?

Well, let me tell you, I was very pleasantly surprised to learn the cause of the time loop. I won't give it away here, but I will say that it's quite clever.

Tom Cruise plays an inexperienced 'soldier' who has always ridden a desk and became a Major out of ROTC. He's a bit of a coward. When he's forced to go into battle against an intractable alien species, he dies. Then he relives the day. Then he dies. Then he relives the day to learn from his mistakes. Then he dies.

Eventually, he becomes a damn fine soldier and the only possible weapon to use against the aliens.

Excellent performances from Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, who plays a heroic soldier known to all as "the Angel of Verdun".

9/10. Most highly recommended.

Unfortunately, Edge of Tomorrow is something of a box office flop. After 4 weeks, it's now only showing at 3 theatres (not counting Rainbow). I expect it to be gone next week. People really have no frickin' taste.