Thursday, November 27, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)


“Come find me when you wake up!”

            What if you could live your day over again? Imagine you had an embarrassing moment and you do something and you relive that moment and do it all differently. Or imagine you were in a difficult situation at work such as your boss or manager just laid into you for something stupid and they did not get a chance to defend yourself before they dismissed you and you could go back and tell them in a nicer more diplomatic way to shove off. I think we would all like to relive certain moments in our life where we made mistakes and we could fix them. Edge of Tomorrow takes that concept of reliving moments over and over again and applies them to fighting a war and to a man who was the first time a coward. What unfolds is something original and nail biting.
            Years in the future aliens have invaded the earth. All major cities have fallen. The people of the world are oppressed by these strange creatures. Battles all around the world take place to try to hold the aliens back. World leaders and leaders of armies try to sell this war as hard as possible. They find their seller in a woman known as the Angel of Verdun who was able to attack the aliens with what seemed like ease. One of these sellers is Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise). He travels to London for conferences. He meets with a British commander. The commander tells Bill he is to go into battle the following day. Bill has no battle experience he was part of the ROTC in college. He tries to run out of the office but he is captured and drugged. When he wakes up he is in a boot camp and treated like crap. He is put into a group with the lowest of life.
            The day of battle Bill and the rest of the troops are put into these metal robotic fighting machines and then placed into a plane. Before the plane can land on the beaches of Normandy it is shot at. Bill manages to release himself and land hard on the ground. The scene is chaotic. His head swims with the blurred images of men, machines, and sand flying around him. He has no idea how to use his mechanized body weapon. Bill manages to avoid some the aliens coming towards him with his gun. He gets to a certain point on the beach, he sees the Angel of Verdun. She stands and stares at him longer than she should have and is killed. A huge alien comes after Bill. He manages to shoot and kill it but whatever the alien is made out of splatters into Bill’s eyes and mouth. This matter from the alien burns and kills him.
            Before we can blink Bill is back to when he wakes up at the camp. He is reliving the day over. He relives the beach a few times before he meets the Angel of Verdun and she tells him to find her when he wakes up.
            When Bill wakes up he finds the Angel of Verdun whose real name is Rita (Emily Blunt). She reveals she once had the ability to relive the day over until she was given a blood transfusion. Now she works with Bill to train him and make him better so they can find where the lair for the aliens is.
            I had wanted to see Edge of Tomorrow when it was out in theaters a few months ago but unfortunately did not have the time. I did not have any expectations for it and I really had no clue what the story was about. I did not know that Emily Blunt would be an awesome fighting badass and that made watching her and her character that much more fun. I liked not knowing too much about it. The story was very unique even if it did have some used storylines such as Tom Cruise playing a guy who was a jerk and then became almost like a heroic super soldier. I am not a huge Tom Cruise fan but I did enjoy him in this. Edge of Tomorrow is one of the better Sci-Fi movies I have ever seen. The story takes a What If situation and one that is contemplated all the time and brings both situation and contemplation to a new level. I have to admit there were moments where I grew tense and I always love it when a story can do that because it does not happen very often with new movies for me. Highly suggest seeing Edge of Tomorrow.