Movie #9 2022: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

There has been a resurgence in time loop movies in the last ten years, hasn’t there? It’s not just me, right? Looper springs to mind as the film that brought this trend back in 2012, but just last year we had both Palm Springs and The Map of Tiny Perfect Things too. I enjoyed both of those 2021 offerings; it just feels like there are infinite things you can do with a time loop. Edge of Tomorrow seems to bring yet another way of using that device to the table… and it’s arguably my favourite of the lot.

Centring on Tom Cruise as a disgraced former army major, we see his character dropped into armed combat with no prior warning. Technically, his Bill Cage has never actually been on the front line before, despite being known globally for persuading thousands of troops to join the army. After being unwillingly forced into a seemingly unwinnable battle, Cage dies within minutes… until he wakes up and has to relive the day again. After several failed attempts to survive, Cage meets Sargent Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who seems to know something about the dilemma he’s in.

Edge of Tomorrow - Official Trailer 1 [HD] - YouTube

Well. This has no right to be as good as it is… and I’m not even really a fan of war movies?! Perhaps my synopsis doesn’t make it sound like the most original film of all time, but I can promise you that there’s a lot of new stuff here.

First off, the action sequences here are absolutely phenomenal; the co-ordination, the choreography… everything is so meticulously well-placed and constructed that you can almost hear the conversations Doug Liman had with his cast and crew. Usually that would be quite distracting, but Edge of Tomorrow is 113 minutes of pure entertainment, so it only helps the audience to engage more. (One might argue that with Liman being behind The Bourne Identity and Mr & Mrs Smith that this was always going to be the case, but for some reason I was expecting very little. I stand corrected.)

Emily Blunt Says The Script For EDGE OF TOMORROW 2 is "Really Promising and  Really Cool" — GeekTyrant

Now, I was always a fan of Emily Blunt’s abilities, but this bolstered my appreciation of her talent tenfold. Sure, she’s Mary Poppins and Queen Victoria, but she’s an action star as well?! Her diversity is honestly outstanding and it’s on full display here. Oh, and Tom Cruise is still Tom Cruise: the same as always but he gets the job done. 

Combining Groundhog Day with an action/apocalypse movie is such a fun concept, yet it could have been horrendously long and boring were the script not adapted so well from its Japanese novella source material. Thankfully, the three screenplay writers don’t feel the need to repeat every single day from the top over and over again, so there’s not a single second for you to be bored. And Christophe Beck’s score? Nailed it. As usual. The whole thing is extremely well put together on all fronts. 

Why not 5 Qs? As much as I enjoyed this wild ride, I was not a huge fan of the romantic undertones that flowed throughout the film; as is often the case, it just wasn’t necessary. However, this movie deserves more love than it got: I could watch it again and again (pardon the pun).

I really hope they do get round to making that sequel…

Edge of Tomorrow is available to stream on Sky Cinema and Now TV in the UK.

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Overall Enjoyability Rating: ½

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