By Tony Pinto
It seems like movies based on books are becoming all the rage.
With films based upon books like “Harry Potter,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Twilight” being made into movies, it’s becoming much more of a popular commodity. "Edge of Tomorrow" is part of that trend, by being based on the book “All You Need Is Kill,” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
The concept of the movie revolves around Lt. Col. Bill Cage, played by Tom Cruise. Cage is not a soldier. He is just a talking head for the United Defense Force, who uses him to get people to support the war and to join the military. He’s basically a wimpy character who’s afraid of war as we see when he talks to Gen. Brigham, played by Brendan Gleeson.
Gen. Brigham orders Cage to go to the front line of battle to film a speech. If he says yes we have no movie, so Cage says no and then we see the patented Tom Cruise running technique as he runs out of the office. That leads to Cage getting arrested and waking up back at a military base.
Long story short — Cage gets branded a traitor and is sent into war, but when when he dies he gets sent back to the time when he wakes up at the military base. This aspect of the movie resembles “Groundhog Day” and “Source Code.” In those films the past kept getting repeated until a favorable ending was created. This movie is reminiscent of a lot of war movies also. There are scenes that resemble “Pearl Harbor” and “Alien” among others.
On one of his redoes, Cage meets Rita Vrataski, played by Emily Blunt. She’s a super soldier and can help him save the world from the evil creatures who are taking over. Every time he goes back, she trains him to be a better soldier. He has to re-explain his situation to her every time he goes back.
Thankfully the movie doesn’t reshow everything each time he reawakens or that would be pretty boring and unnecessary. There’s a little comedy tossed in the film every once in a while, not a lot, but just enough to break through the seriousness.
Tom Cruise does a good job in this film even with such a shallow character. All characters in this film are shallow. None of the characters are really memorable, most of them are interchangeable solders. Even the main characters Cage and Rita seem like they could be anyone and it wouldn’t change the film much.
We don’t even know anything about the enemy, except that they want to take over the world. What are they is apparently not important, but it would be nice to know what they are. If you want back story or emotion, this is not the movie for you because it pretty much has no emotion or backstory. That’s pretty much the only thing that could make this film any better.
It does what it promises. It delivers action and a lot of it. If you’re looking for action and you like Tom Cruise, this movie is perfect for you.
Tony Pinto’s grade: A-