Sound Off: Doug Liman's 'Edge of Tomorrow' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
June 6, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Live. Die. Repeat. Now in theaters everywhere is Doug Liman's adaptation of All You Need is Kill, retitled Edge of Tomorrow, a futuristic action sci-fi about a soldier stuck in a time loop who repeats every invasion day until he can figure out how to stop them. Tom Cruise stars as Cage, with Emily Blunt as Rita, the "Full Metal Bitch", and a supporting cast including Bill Paxton, Kick Gurry, Tony Way, Charlotte Riley, Noah Taylor, Franz Drameh. Is it awesome? Best sci-fi all year so far? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Edge of Tomorrow.
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To fuel the fire, this movie is excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. Summer sci-fi done right, simple as that. Nothing extraordinary, but just damn good, with a story that keeps getting better and better. Every time it would repeat and pick up more, I found myself enjoying it more, starting to like the characters more, and the decisions. The way Liman starts to cut back on what we need to see, only showing us more as he moves on, the important moments, without anything ever feeling redundant or overused. Emily Blunt is just amazing in this movie, I love her, she is THE badass of the summer in this. So many cool scenes of her kicking ass, being bad ass, and teaching good lessons to Cruise, who needed 'em.
Overall, I was impressed by how much this kept moving at a solid pace, and how it only built and improved as it went on. While the ending gets a little muddled, they do still keep things moving forward to where they need to go and it ends right where it should. Not too much, but just enough to make us feel like this was a worthwhile cinematic experience. The CGI and action scenes are pretty damn good, obviously reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan and war movies, but I always love an extra sci-fi kick. While he wasn't perfect, even Bill Paxton was solid in this, often being funnier than I expected. I'm looking forward to watching it again.
What did you think of Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow? Awesome sci-fi or boring CGI crap?
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