I don’t think I was alone in my thinking. The early previews for “Edge of Tomorrow” revealed little of the plot and did not leave me with the desire to see the movie. It looked loud and entirely action and effects-driven, and frankly I was just confused as to why Emily Blunt was anywhere near it.
I now freely admit that I was very, very wrong about the movie. It happens.
“Edge of Tomorrow” takes place in a world where an alien race has invaded our planet and is slowly picking us off. Needless to say, recruiting soldiers to fight that losing fight is a losing battle.
Major Cage (Tom Cruise) is the face of that recruitment effort. He is essentially a poster boy with a military ranking. That is until he’s sent to the front lines to inspire young soldiers as he never could before.
He dies within minutes of reaching the battle, but not without taking down one of invaders with him, an act that saves his life.
The enemy they’re fighting is essentially winning through a process of trial and error. Each time one of their alpha-soldiers is killed, the day is reset and they try again.
When Cage inadvertently absorbs this power, humanity gains a serious advantage. It’s a great set up, and unlike so many summer blockbusters with great concepts but flawed execution, “Edge of Tomorrow” manages to make the humor, action, and drama of this situation all work together.
Once Cage meets up with super soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), we’re treated to a wonderful training montage where Blunt “resets” i.e. shoots Cruise in the head, every time he’s injured beyond repair.
I won’t tell you how it ends. I will tell you that we’re also treated to some awesome appearances by Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson, and that the very end of this movie (I mean the very last seconds) gave me pause. It’s not bad, it’s just not what I expected. I’ll let you all judge for yourselves.
I will say, that as far as summer blockbusters go, Tom Cruise, more often than not, knows how to pick them. It’s a wonderful summer escape (right up until the very end).