We all know that 2014’s Edge Of Tomorrow should have been called Live/Die/Repeat (which is kind of what it was called when it hit DVD and blu-ray). Aside from that, the film is one of the the few action movies in recent years that hasn’t been a superhero franchise, a sequel, a prequel or a reboot (or all of those combined).
The mighty Tom Cruise stars in this Doug Liman directed science fiction film that feels incredibly fresh in the face of the aforementioned nuisances which now blights on the cinematic landscape (despite the fact that it has often been billed as Groundhog Day meets Aliens by lazy reviewers).
Liman delivers the spectacle that is fitting for a movie of this stature, peppering Edge Of Tomorrow with impressive visuals and top notch special effects. This is big budget movie making at its best.
Meanwhile writers Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth lace the film with a dark sense of humor, one that is not unlike the old Warner Bros cartoons. We watch Cruise die many times and each one is darkly comedic, one with the added bonus of Cruises’ interpretation of the Wilhelm scream. As always, Cruise is committed to the role, showing an interesting and rather detailed character arch for a big-budget tentpole. Blunt offers a good balance to Cruise, possibly portraying one of the strongest female action leads since Sigourney Weaver taught us that no can can hear you scream in space. The pic also includes Brendan Gleeson and the late, great Bill Paxton in supporting roles.
A sequel for Edge Of Tomorrow has been in development since 2016 and Cruise and Liman re-teamed for 2017’s American Made. The pair are working on a movie that Cruise plans to shoot in space with the help of Elon Musk’s Space X and NASA.
From a $178 million budget Edge Of Tomorrow grossed $100.2 million at the US box office and $370.5 globally.