Edge of Tomorrow - Review
Tom Cruise is arguably at his best and most likeable in sci-fi action films. I love a good Tom Cruise sci-fi and Edge Of Tomorrow is no different, delivering a satisfying journey which is chock full of thrills with an overall sense of fun. Minority Report was brilliantly thought-provoking and emotionally affecting, Equilibrium was a pleasant surprise with some engaging new concepts and visions of a future dystopia and Edge Of Tomorrow is like a sci-fi cross between Groundhog Day and Saving Private Ryan, with a hero who keeps on perishing and “resetting” his day.
Like with the best of Doug Liman’s films, The Bourne Identity, the action in Edge Of Tomorrow is thrilling and well orchestrated. The beach battle scene is very much like the scene in Saving Private Ryan, except we have soldiers in heavy, mechanised armour fighting scorpion-like aliens. You get a real sense of the orientation and geography of the battle without the cameras throwing you around too much. There is a physicality that comes across with Cruise's action scenes, obviously coming across from his love of performing stunts himself. It is really refreshing to watch action films where you get a sense of actually feeling the effort and some of the pain. The editing of the film is also very clever. You enter into these “repeating” scenario films expecting to have to deal with fair load of repetition but Edge Of Tomorrow breaks about midway, revealing that we don’t know all the times that Cage has reset and it’s a welcome feeling to be thrown back and engaged with the territory of unknown plot points.
The action, battle scenes, aliens and European locations look fantastic. The aliens have a unique look, and reminded me of the scorpion-like Transformer in the first Transformers film crossed with Edvard Munch’s painted figure in “The Scream” yet are way cooler. The battle torn beach and ravaged Paris in particular are awesome vistas. The 3D viewing experience is without the usual gimmicky tricks and was very smooth and clear without the blurriness you so often get with heavily layered scenes in 3D.
All in all, Edge Of Tomorrow is a thoroughly enjoyable and thrilling sci-fi action flick that you can enjoy in full 3D cinema extravagance. My only qualm is that it is not as thought-provoking or gritty as I personally prefer my sci-fi and yet I still had a blast.
Edge Of Tomorrow is in cinemas Thursday 5th june. If you check it out, please share your thoughts below and tell us what you think .