Film Review: Edge of Tomorrow
Science fiction blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow is tremendous fun. Doug Liman’s film is entertaining throughout.
A solider ends up out of his comfort zone, having to fight in a war against aliens. When he gets caught in a time loop, he seems destined to relive the same day over and over again…
With its premise, Edge of Tomorrow is reminiscent of Groundhog Day and Source Code. Nevertheless, it exudes an energy which is fresh and engaging. The opening sequence succinctly introduces the world in which the film takes place. Edge of Tomorrow is a better film for keeping the focus on the action and immediate consequences, even though the wider effect is in the background.
Doug Liman’s film delivers with its breed of fast-paced action. Sequences are finely executed, with action taking centre stage. Science fiction elements are present in the effects and overall narrative. Edge of Tomorrow does not rely heavily on explanation for the events and the predicament the characters are in, choosing to eschew this for a reliance on the mission in hand. This functions successfully to situate Edge of Tomorrow as an out and out action film. The only real downside is the lack of coherence of the very end of the film.
There is a surprising amount of humour in Edge of Tomorrow, with Liman playing of the time loop for laughs. This sense of comedy makes the film much more enjoyable. Special effects in the film are good, and the score works well to add drama.
Tom Cruise is on good form as Cage. It is the kind of role Cruise is experience in, and he does a good job here. Emily Blunt is also decent as Rita; working within a genre where she is steadily building form.
Edge of Tomorrow works well because it knows exactly what it wants to be, and executes this perfectly.