Imagine having a déjà vu, but a really bad one. Now imagine having to relive that déjà vu everyday. I don’t think that’s something that would be too enjoyable. Oh, and also keep in mind that the only time you can relive said déjà vu is that you have to die every time in order to reset. It’s like Groundhog Day (if you haven’t seen the Bill Murray movie), but with more aliens, and a lot of deaths. That’s the gist of the concept that was brought into this movie starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. When I initially saw the trailer, I thought it was something of a spin off of the once popular video game Gears of War, but to my own surprise, it wasn’t. I won’t quit my day job – promise. What Edge of Tomorrow brings is an original spin on an action-sci-fi movie, and it took me completely by surprise.
Tom Cruise is known for his stimulating roles in action movies, but at the same time, he’s also known for his share in some war movies, so why not combine the two? Genius idea. A lot of people don’t know how to react when the one thing they’ve been trying to avoid (in this case, war) is the one thing that you’re thrown into without cause. Bill Cage (Cruise) plays the unlikely hero who accidently (or maybe by sheer fate) puts the fate of the world in his own hands in an unlikely way – by imitating the enemy. It’s a really interesting story and the concept that carried it was originally taken from a Manga graphic novel entitled All You Need Is Kill (shout out to Kahlil for that little nugget of information). If you’re interested in the comic after watching the movie, check it out. I might, I won’t even lie.
As I said before, this movie surprised me with how it delivered, because as much as it could have easily been confusing, it wasn’t, and because of the challenge of the story itself, I was really impressed on how it was laid out. I can’t imagine how many different takes they had to do for many scenes. It’s not like Inception where there are multiple dreams, and it’s not quite The Matrix where you question what’s reality, but in terms of originality for a movie (albeit derived from a graphic novel), this was really well done, and as much as the summer movie line-up is stacked, this is one to put on the list if you were skeptical about it like I was. It’s definitely worth the money (I’m anti 3D, but I bet it would look awesome in it), but definitely go out and enjoy your time well spent. But for now, this is my opinion, this is my review
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