5 October 2015

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow 2014
  • Director: Doug Liman
  • Based on novel: No
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Emily Blunt – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Young Victoria, Sunshine Cleaning, Dan in Real Life, The Jane Austin Book Club, My Summer of Love
    • Tom Cruise – Oblivion, Valkyrie, War of the Worlds, Eyes Wide Shut, Jerry Maguire, Interview with the Vampire, A Few Good Men, Born on the Fourth of July, Rain Man
    • Brendan Gleeson – the Harry Potter films, In Bruges, Kingdom of Heaven, The Village, Troy, Cold Mountain, Gangs of New York, Twenty-Eight Days Later, My Life So Far, The Butcher Boy, Michael Collins, Brave Heart, The Snapper
    • Bill Paxton –A Simple Plan, Titanic, Twister, Aliens, Terminator, Streets of Fire
  • Why? Emily Blunt. Sci fi
  • Seen: 11 September 2015  

Aliens have invaded and occupied Europe. A defensive attack is launched from England. Tom Cruise is a reluctant recruit. Emily Blunt is already a heroic warrior who has killed hundreds of aliens. The battle is against giant mechanical spidery creatures.
A quick fierce battle takes place. And then Tom Cruise wakes up and it all starts over again. Replay. All the raw joking, all the contempt of his soldier comrades, the battle – all repeated. And again. And again.
He tries to tell them, warn them. They think he’s mad. Except for Emily Blunt. The same thing is happening to her. Together they try to prepare by repeating, practicing, dying. Lots of times.
It’s somewhat interesting. Tom Cruise is pretty much like he usually is. Emily Blunt isn’t given much to work with. Some of the minor characters are well acted. But it need a spectacular ending to lift it above 1 ¾ *.
It doesn’t get it. Instead it gets worse. A rather feeble film, this one.  It is well made but they shouldn’t have bothered. The story and characters are simply too insubstantial to care about.

1 3/4 * of 5

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