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Review: 'Edge of Tomorrow'

Original post made on Jun 11, 2014

The new Tom Cruise sci-fi action movie "Edge of Tomorrow" uses the narrative structure of a video game to present a "what-if" scenario: What if we could keep pressing "restart" every time we fail?

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 11, 2014 at 2:42 am

Tom Cruise is becoming the master of the B science fiction movie. Last year's Oblivion and this years "Edge Of Tomorrow" thankfully do not share the over-exposed leathery face of Morgan Freeman, but they do share a general B movie quality, even though I'd have to rate them both slightly higher for being smart and clever.

Of the two "Edge Of Tomorrow" is the more clever, it also moves in and out of mood very deftly.

The premise of the time travel resets as mentioned is a trick other movies has used to great effect, and it so here.

The effects in the movie are very good, but when they reach a bit too far as in showing the whole city of Paris wrecked by aliens, or the alien enemies close up things start to look a bit cheap.

It is a clever, fun and well balanced movie, smart for science fiction, but also superficial and mere entertainment. I feel science fiction is pretty much wasted is there is no really core idea in a movie, and "Edge Of Tomorrow" is just a wild ride with no depth and a lot of gimmickry.

Another thing that held the visuals back was the same thing that was a bummer as far back as "Starship Troopers", which is a far superior movie and actually had a point ... but that is the incompetent imagining of the power suit, weapons or the modes of future battles.

"Edge Of Tomorrow" does better than "Starship Troopers", which just dropped the idea when the tests they tried did not look good. The power suits Cruise and the other soldiers wear just did not look real ... or that functional.

Still, it's a great entertaining escapist action, I agree with the reviewer though, most would not want to sit through this twice.

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Posted by No more Tom Terrific
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm

I think the world is topped off on Tom Cruise. Besides,the title sounds like some afternoon soap opera.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Tom Cruise does a pretty good job in these last two movies that he has done. I normally do not see Tom Cruise movies, but I have a weakness for Sci-Fi and special effects ... and of course it is nice if they have a plot. Cruise's stuff is a bit lightweight but entertaining and cool visions of the future.

But if you are right about people getting antagonistic to Cruise ... it's probably fun for them that during the first half of the movie he gets pounded and dies in about a thousand different ways and goes from a sniveling arrogant coward to a human being. This movie is done pretty well ... it's just not good enough to really watch twice or talk much about.

It's certainly better than Johnny Depp's "Trancendance" which was pretty awful.

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