June 16, 2014

Haiku Revieu: Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow (****1/2)

Emily kicks ass
Groundhog Day with aliens
Cruise does action well

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. A review of Edge of Tomorrow on Badass Digest described the movie as—I'm paraphrasing a bit—the best video game movie not based on any video game. I think that fits it to a T. Although Tom Cruise often comes across in real like like a bit of a whack job, he's a fine actor, at least in this kind of role.

Edge of Tomorrow is about a man who gets thrown into a war between humans and aliens somewhat against his will. On his first foray into the fight, he kills an alien, but dies in the process. As soon as that happens, he wakes up ... on the morning of the day prior. He must figure out why this is happening to him and how to stay alive. If he happens to save the world in the process, that would just be a bonus.

I might have mentioned this before, or a lot, but I like action movies. But I particularly like action movies with a bit of plot and humor intermixed with the action. Edge of Tomorrow had both. Yes, it's very much like a scifi version of Groundhog Day, but that works in its favor. Although Tom's character is a total douche at first, he grows during the movie and is actually quite likeable by the end. Emily Blunt's character is a total badass, but can be a little abrasive at times. Emily does a great job of helping her to be more than a flat action hero.

The CGI in the movie was quite interesting as well. The aliens are more than a little terrifying—I would most definitely NOT want to come up against them in a dark alley. Or a light alley. Or EVER.

I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good action or scifi flick.


  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed this! I was semi-intrigued, but now I for sure want to see it.

  2. I didn't actually read the whole review, just the haiku and opening lines (I plan on seeing this so no spoilers for me!) but I will say that I'm nervous about Tom Cruise for the fact that I have a really hard time believing him in a role. He has reached a level of fame so that I only ever see him as 'Tom-Cruise-in-a-movie' not the character he's supposed to portray. With the exception of Minority Report, where I completely saw him as John Anderton. I'm still going to see this, and I am excited for it, so we'll see!

  3. I really did! I like Tom Cruise: The Actor, though. (As opposed to Tom Cruise: Crazy Person.) It surprises me every time, haha.

  4. Thanks, Jessica! And I do try to avoid spoilers in the main section of the review to the best of my ability. If something's a definite spoiler, I put it in white text so that people who've seen the movie or don't care about spoilers can highlight to read. But it's probably best to avoid it if you want to remain unbiased. :)

  5. I completely get what you're saying. He's not really not Tom Cruise in this role, but it works? If you do see it, I'd love to know what you thought.