Apparently, Tom Cruise is making his living killing aliens now. Between this movie, War of the Worlds, and Oblivion, he’s blown up more little green men than the Death Star. So if there’s something alien in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?
Edge of Tomorrow follows the story of one soldier cursed to relive one battle over and over again until he gets it right. Should we take it to our leader or set phasers to kill? Well, let’s take a look at the trailer and find out. (To follow along, click here.)
So who stars in this movie? Obviously, Tom Cruise plays the main character, Major Cage; his other films include Minority Report, Top Gun, and the Mission Impossible franchise. His fellow soldier, Rita, is portrayed by Emily Blunt of Looper, The Devil Wears Prada, and The Adjustment Bureau. The film also stars Brendan Gleeson of Braveheart and the Harry Potter films and Bill Paxton of Agents of SHIELD and Titanic. The director is Doug Liman, whose past experience includes The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. In short, the guy knows how to direct an action movie, so I have pretty high hopes for this installment.
The trailer begins as Tom Cruise breaks into an abandoned country home and offers to tell us a story that sounds ridiculous. It’s about a world where people look into the future and stop crimes before they happen, thus wiping out the events they saw and probably creating time paradoxes you wouldn’t believe. Tom and Emily go looking for keys to a helicopter and find coffee instead. But when Tom knows exactly how many sugars she likes in her coffee, Emily wants to know how many times they’ve done this before. No, it’s got nothing to do with time travel. He’s just a stalker. Tom replies, “For me, it’s been an eternity.” And yet he hasn’t aged a day, much like real life Tom Cruise.
We flash back as Tom washes up on the shore of the alien version of Normandy, with tentacles flying, Emily swinging her sword, and explosions, um, exploding. Then both our heroes die, and Tom wakes up in an airport. Looks like someone needs to lay off the chalupas before bed. A song tells us that “This is not the end” as Tom tells us that “The invasion will fail. We lose everything” You guys need to get your stories straight. Tom falls from yet another crashing plane in a movie (this is starting to get clichéd awfully quickly), and he says he and everyone else will die within five minutes. This is going to be a really short movie. But it seems he repeats that five minutes a few times, as he knows exactly how to save Emily’s life. “How did you do that?” she asks. According to Spider-Man, work out, get plenty of rest, and eat your green vegetables. Tom tries to lead her to safety, but instead she opts to stand next to an exploding transport, saying, “Come find me when you wake up.” But he knows where you are now … oh, forget it.
So Tom does wake up to relive the day, riding around on a motorcycle (now there’s something we haven’t see before) trying to find the woman on the giant “We Can Do It!” style poster. When he finds her, she tells him that she’s had the same experience and that he’s hijacked the aliens’ power. Wait, so the aliens can relive their battles too? How can they possibly lose? It seems like Tom and the aliens should be locked in battle forever, each outsmarting the other by turns. Emily then informs him that he has to die every day so he can come back for training. He fights her ceiling fans of death until he breaks his leg, at which point Emily resets the process by shooting him in the face. I mean, there have been plenty of times I’ve wanted to wipe the smug smile off Tom Cruise’s face, but isn’t that going just a bit too far?
“I’m not a soldier,” says Tom. He’s got soul, though. “You’re a weapon,” Emily replies. Guns don’t kill aliens; Tom Cruise kills aliens. Tom watches a city burn, and Emily claims the aliens want to take over the world. Really, what else have alien armies wanted to do in recent movies? “We are not equipped for what’s out there,” Tom claims. The water balloons aren’t working. That’s the last time I believe anything Signs told me about aliens! A helicopter flies by Big Ben, Tom smashes a car, and Emily asks, “How many times have we been here?” In this trailer, twice, because you already said that. “What are you not telling me?” she asks. If he told you, he wouldn’t be not telling you, now would he? And the trailer ends with Tom and Emily back at the country house. Tom says, “It’ll be dark in a few hours,” and Emily suggests a romantic fire and a bottle of wine. Then she threatens to shoot him in the face. I’d stay away from this girl if I were you, Tom. She’s got mood swings worse than Cruella de Vil.
So based on the trailer, do I recommend this movie? Yes, yes I do. It looks like a fun action film with two very talented leads and an intriguing premise. Teens and adults who are fans of Tom Cruise or alien warfare will probably enjoy this film. Will I see it in theaters? Probably not, but I’ll definitely be checking it out when it comes out on DVD.
In the meantime, I’ll be setting my alarm clock to play Sonny and Cher, because I have to get in one Groundhog Day reference before I end the review.
Edge of Tomorrow is owned by Warner Bros.