Sound Off: Doug Liman's 'Edge of Tomorrow' - What Did You Think?

June 6, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow

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.

Edge of Tomorrow

What did you think of Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow? Awesome sci-fi or boring CGI crap?
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I also really enjoyed it. Agree completely about Blunt - she was excellent in this film. Overall a fun story with great action.

JC on Jun 6, 2014


This was super sweet! Agree about the near end action cliches but over all very enjoyable.

Armitall on Jun 6, 2014


I liked it. Very enjoyable. Just wish Tom Cruise had another expression.

tyban81 on Jun 6, 2014


I thought it was fantastic. Also proof that Cruise is still one the best actors on the planet. Not his best performance by a long shot, but highly entertaining. And Blunt was the man!

Trey Wilson on Jun 6, 2014


I thought it was mediocre at best. The ending was underwhelming. Cruise performance was ok. I dunno, i left disappointed.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Jun 6, 2014


damn bro...what films do you enjoy then?

Have Hope on Jun 7, 2014


Well to each its own. I did enjoy the directors Bourne series very much.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Jun 7, 2014


The movie was fantastic! Cruise delivers a solid performance. Absolutely loved the way he dies each time to reset the day. his little scream each time he gets horribly killed was freaking funny as hell. Favourite death was the rolling under the truck to get away from his unit while doing push ups. I loved how they repeated the day. jumping to specific scenes to not make it all drag. really great way to move the movie along. Blunt was fucking great. Man she is hot. It was much better then I expected. It had the shittiest sound track compared to the initial trailers. fuck I HATE when they do that. Thats whats keeping this from being an awesome all-round movie. to bad because an amazing musical score can really put a movie over the top for me. If you like Cruise movies, time travel plots, mech suits, and cool alien invasions... you will love this movie.

jimfromtoto on Jun 6, 2014


What a movie! I loved every second. Gotta give a shout out to Bill Paxton! He was awesome. Cruise and Blunt delivered Allstar performances. The Jackets were awesome the mimics were great and the time loop was done beautifully. Cage was a wholly different character for Cruise. Emily Blunt was very believable as the Full Metal Bitch. Seeing it again asap. 9/10.

Xerxexx on Jun 6, 2014


Nice to see that you loved it, Xerx. I loved it too--yes, it made changes from the book, but overall, it didn't matter--the film was amazing, and Cruise and Blunt were fantastic leads. Easily one of the best films I've seen so far this year, and I definitely want to see it again in the theater.

Scopedog on Jun 7, 2014


Its a definite see again.

Xerxexx on Jun 8, 2014


I had the problem of having read the book. From the title change to aliens in Paris it felt off. I think if I would have gone in without this knowledge I would have enjoyed it a lot more. FairPlay to Cruise, he has earnt his Sci-Fi spurs over the years! 7/10

Vietnamthemovie on Jun 7, 2014


How was Bill Paxton?

Michael P. Shipley on Jun 7, 2014


Incredibly entertaining. Only around for a short time though

AcesCharles on Jun 7, 2014


He did a great job. It was funny to see how similar his performance was to his work on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

DAVIDPD on Jun 7, 2014


Some said he played an older version of Hudson. Would you agree with that?

Michael P. Shipley on Jun 7, 2014


Not really. They are both military, but his EOT character is an actual badass. I don't think he would cry out, "Game over, man!!"

DAVIDPD on Jun 7, 2014


Lol! Too bad. 😉

Michael P. Shipley on Jun 7, 2014



Have Hope on Jun 7, 2014


TOM CRUISE OWNED THIS. Doug Liman and the writers brought it.... SUPER ENTERTAINMENT

Have Hope on Jun 7, 2014


Tom Cruise was great, no doubt. But IMO, Emily Blunt stole the show.

AcesCharles on Jun 7, 2014


naaaaah. Cruise.

Have Hope on Jun 7, 2014


Saw it with my best mate on Thursday night and left the cinema thoroughly satisfied. Great story, great action. The set design was nice as was the CGI. I thought the "respawning" would get repetitive but it only added more depth to the story and I enjoyed it. The ending was just ok, something just felt a bit off but nothing major. To me this film is a definite 8.5 or 9/10

cg on Jun 7, 2014


The movie was great but the end is supposed to bring omega back with the time loop which didn't quite happen. They need to bring an alternate ending which is more believable. The omega protects alpha but has no provision of protecting itself. That's great idea for human race but not quite convincing one.

abhishek arora on Jun 7, 2014


If you think of the Omega in terms of the natural world, it actually makes a ton of sense. Take queen bees/ants/termites. Immensely important to the colony, but completely helpless on their own, depending on soldiers and drones to defend them in case of an attack. So, Omega = queen, Soldier = alphas. Drones are...errr..drones.

AcesCharles on Jun 7, 2014


Great movie, one of the best films I've seen this year. You can always rely on Cruise, he's always delivering good, energetic performances and here it's no different. Blunt is amazing as well, she proves once again that she's one of the top female actresses working today. Paxton is hilarious, loved him! The movie is funny, visually enticing and has a great story with three-dimensional characters you actually care about. Definitely worth checking out!

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 7, 2014


Agreed on Paxton. Loved all of his scenes. Loved Cage's "I can only feel my lips."line and Rita's epic cleaver work.

Xerxexx on Jun 8, 2014


Paxton made me laugh at every word he said and every dumbfounded expression he made. One of the highlights for me was when Cruise told him he's clearly American to which Paxton replied "No sir, I'm from Kentucky!". Cruise was on top form as well and Blunt kicked some major ass.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 9, 2014


The humor was well-done--nothing forced or stupid, and it made everyone in the theater laugh out loud (the truck scene especially, and Rita er, resetting things with her pistol).

Scopedog on Jun 9, 2014


Great movie. I didn't feel bad for spending money on it. Good cast - check, humor - check, a lot of action - check. Tom Cruise is convincing both as a coward and ultimately, a hero. Emily Blunt is convincing (and rather quite adorable) as the Full Metal Bitch. There are only two things that irked me a little... 1. The mimics seemed a little too fast moving that it seems improbable to kill one of those things in arm to tentacle combat. 2. I can't give the movie good credit for the time travel aspect (which was the highlight of the movie) because it seemed way too similar to "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" although I understand that the latter is the source influence for All You Need is Kill. I'll just say it's a good adaptation of the anime.

Guest_of_Honor on Jun 7, 2014


Before The Girl That Leapt Through Time was Groundhog's Day.

Christian Luis Rivera on Jun 9, 2014


Actually...."The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" was based on a book written years before GROUNDHOG DAY...and there were a couple of film versions of TGWLTT that came out before GD. But I'm not ragging on you--GD is well-known and it's pretty much the first thing people think of right off the bat, even though there were previous stories and films that tackled the same subject matter.

Scopedog on Jun 9, 2014


Yeah I looked it up and was like, yeah there was enough time for the book to have been translated and in circulation long enough for it to have inspired GD.

Christian Luis Rivera on Jun 9, 2014


It's possible...

Scopedog on Jun 10, 2014


Really enjoyed EOT. I thought it was really fun to watch and the performances were all solid. I also was pleasantly surprised by the amount of humor of it.

DAVIDPD on Jun 7, 2014


Overall, I enjoyed EOT. Was an interesting take on time travel. While I may disagree w/ Cruise's antics off-screen, he again delivered a satisfactory on-screen performance.

VAharleywitch on Jun 8, 2014


Great movie. I loved the humour and laughed quite a bit, mostly at how Cage (Cruise) tried to weasel his way out of combat. The alien designs were very cool, I especially liked the way they moved so fast and chaotic. The first time you see them attacking the soldiers on the shore was really impressive. The only complaint I have is that the ending scene felt too abrupt. But I suppose it left me wanting more, which is good. Overall, I appreciated the hell out of it.

NathanDewey on Jun 8, 2014


Low opening weekend. I think too much of trailers before its release spoilt it for many who otherwise would have watched if the trailers were not in our faces all the time.

boball on Jun 8, 2014


I don't think it was the trailers - plenty of high grossing movies give away important plot details in promos. This was a difficult movie to sell, but they should have tried harder. I never got any sense this flick was half as intelligent, tightly-plotted or witty as it was from released media. Even with all the positive reviews, I can out of the theater surprised. Bummed out about the low gross and I hope it does well enough overseas to turn a profit.

denverchris on Jun 8, 2014


It was a pleasant surprise. Every year there is a movie that is just as good as any summer blockbuster, and deserves just as much financial success, but for whatever reason...doesn't really reach the success it probably deserves. Pacific Rim is my pick for that film last year, and Edge of Tomorrow is my pick for that film this summer. I really hope people consider giving it a watch in theaters.

Chris Groves on Jun 8, 2014


I enjoyed the hell out of this. Tom Cruise seems to be really polarizing these days. People either love him or hate him. I don't have any real strong feelings about Cruise as an actor one way or the other, but damn if he doesn't make entertaining films. Like Oblivion before this, Edge of Tomorrow is a well crafted science fiction film, blending the best of story, special effects, character and humour to create a real crowd pleasing film. Anyone going into this with the intent to deconstruct may have problems, but taken as a whole, this was definitely one of the most bang-for-buck films of the summer. Up there with XMen Days of Future Past.

fazha on Jun 8, 2014


loved it, very well made

Quynh Truong on Jun 8, 2014


Enjoyed EOT a helluva lot. Love the concept. I could watch something like this or Groundhog Day over and over again. As has been said in other posts, I wish this had made more money at the box office this weekend. Really deserved a better opening. Sharply-made. For anyone who has read the source material (I actually haven't but just read a quick Wikipedia plot synopsis), would y'all have wanted to see the ending from the book? It sounds like the book had Full Metal Bitch being taken over by one of the Alphas or whatever the book refers to them as, and then Cage and her have a final battle to the death. Sounds pretty epic.

Goose on Jun 8, 2014


Having read the book...well, the ending is more of a downer, and the war with the Mimics is still going on. You are right about a final "battle to the death", but I'd rather not spoil it; best thing to do is read the novel. The author is also working on a sequel. I liked the movie's ending though. In fact I loved the film too. It isn't 100% faithful to the novel--no movie adaptation ever is--but they did include several lines from the book and the whole film was well made and rocked. I also wish it would do better at the box office, but I'm just glad I saw it. Will definitely pick this up when it's released on DVD/Blu-Ray.

Scopedog on Jun 9, 2014


It was very entertaining and I never found myself loosing interest at all during the movie. And I was worried going in, it was going to be like "Vantage Point" where they repetitively kept reshowing the same footage over and over again in a very tiring way. Emily Blunt was a badass and super hot (as usual) and Cruise's performance has started to make me come around to liking him once again. He did a great job. And I really liked the aliens, the seemed pretty original in design. The only question I have for the movie is, why was Cruise's character set to the army as a private and classified as a deserter. I mean if they needed every able man, couldn't they just say he had no choice and had to be drafted? Why did they instead lie and degrade him into a lower rank and have a shitty background. That I still don't understand.

JBrotsis on Jun 8, 2014


Because he was a major and had knowledge that only someone within the military for years would.

Christian Luis Rivera on Jun 9, 2014


I thought that it was awesome. I was actually quite surprised at how well they put everything together. A movie like this could easily have been a great disaster but Liman kept it tightly wound and I never found myself thinking that the movie was dragging. To me it felt like a small movie that was grand it scale. Well cast and well acted. Thought Emily Blunt definitely stole the show as well as Bill Paxton, he was awesome. Tom Cruise played his part really well and it definitely was somewhat surprising to see him overshadowed in some parts of the movie which was a really good thing. Often casting someone like Cruise can overwhelm a movie and you find yourself watching a TOM CRUISE movie...if you know what I mean... Overall I'd give it a 9/10 as well.

TK on Jun 9, 2014


Personally I felt the ending was a bit too happy and that a more ambiguous ending of Cruise's character waking up without revealing at what time would have been more interesting.

Christian Luis Rivera on Jun 9, 2014


Ending was to much like ID4, or Pacific Rim... drop bomb into Alien hole... BOooooOOoom... however they do this rewind thing a couple times where you get to see Emily Blunt to a curved push-up, all oily and sweaty... so great! The movie is fun, and feels like Dark Souls or Demon Souls , keep playing until you memorize the game and win...

shane willett on Jun 9, 2014


Still gotta play Dark Souls myself....

Scopedog on Jun 10, 2014


Dark Souls meets Halo is how i would pitch this as a video game or a movie...

shane willett on Jun 9, 2014


Would've been sweet to see Bill Murray make a camo or something to give us a semi. And the movie was entertaining, not worth paying as much as i did to see it. The only thing worth it was seeing emily blunt in action and playing a complete bitch

Luke Hanna on Jun 10, 2014


Movie was entertaining... Best track on soundtrack 06. Find Me When You Wake Up 😉

TimSalabim on Jun 12, 2014

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