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Movie Review: EDGE OF TOMORROW

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Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in the sci fi thriller called EDGE OF TOMORROW, a movie with a clever concept and two good actors, but that's about it.  

 

Because EDGE OF TOMORROW is about a man and a woman who fight alien monsters to save the world, I wouldn't have even gone to see it if it weren't for its two appealing stars and the clever plot device which has them die in battle  and then be resurrected to fight the same battle, in a better way….over and over until they finally win.

 

Tom Cruise (to soldiers in his unit): What I am about to tell you sounds crazy. But you have to listen to me. Your very lives depend on it.  You see this isn't the first time that we've had this conversation. The invasion will fail along with every soldier you're sending. we lose everything. I die within five minutes of landing on that beach along with every other soldier.

 

It's a terrific concept:  live, die, repeat. 

And since the main character is Tom Cruise playing a military media person who's been tricked into combat, the prospects are promising. Trouble is all the cleverness of the concept is buried under a whole lot of chaotic camera work and disjointed editing as our reluctant hero tries to save the world. 

 

Emily Blunt: How did you do that? Come find me when you wake up. (She dies in an explosion; he wakes up and sees her poster.) 

Drill Sergeant (to Tom): On your feet, maggot!

 

Emily Blunt is the buff female heroine who teaches Tom how to fight, wearing armor that makes him look like a transformer robot. 

 

Blunt: What happened to you happened to me. You hijacked their power. 

Cruise: How do I control it?

Blunt: You have to die every day. They want to conquer the rest of the world unless you change the outcome.

 

Unfortunately, the clever plot device just isn't enough. after awhile all the herky jerky explosions and scattershot gunfights overwhelm the characters and the whole premise for the movie.

 

Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now.