It’s been a while (a year), since we seen Tom Cruise jump around like an action figure in a movie. The last we saw of him was in 2013’s “Oblivion” where he played Jack, a veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources who later began questioning his mission. Tomorrow Cruise will be back in action – quite literally – in “Edge of Tomorrow” playing a soldier who repeatedly lives out the last day of his life.
Cruise, who plays Cage, finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios over and over again. His union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer to defeating the enemy, but will he defeat the enemy? There’s only one way to find out and that’s by sitting through the 113 minute film, but if you’re weary about spending your dollars have no fear. I’ve put together a list of reviews just for you.
The overall consensus gives the green light. While Cruise’s last movie seemed to leave its audience in disappointment, this new film is giving an entirely different vibe. I’m interested!
NewYorkTimes: “In Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. Liman brings Mr. Cruise’s smile out of semiretirement and also gives him the kind of physical challenges at which he so brilliantly excels.”
RottenTomatoes: “Gripping, well-acted, funny, and clever, Edge of Tomorrow offers entertaining proof that Tom Cruise is still more than capable of shouldering the weight of a blockbuster action thriller.” 7.4/10
NYDailyNews: “‘Edge of Tomorrow’ has everything you could ask for in a summer blockbuster. And here’s the proof: As soon as it’s done, you’ll want to go back and relive it all over again.”
ChicagoSunTimes: “Edge of Tomorrow is the ultimate metaphor about Tom Cruise’s career. You can’t kill this guy. He’ll just keep coming. And he remains arguably the biggest movie star in the world for a reason. He brings it.”
CBSPhilly: “Edge of Tomorrow may borrow liberally from other science fiction movies, but it’s a knowing blend of mixed and matched elements that, as it plays out, feels freshly observed and original and unpredictable. So we’ll live, die, and repeat 3 stars out of 4 for this bracing action-sci-fi cocktail with a comedy chaser. Calling a movie repetitive is usually a complaint. In the highly entertaining Edge of Tomorrow, it’s merely a plot point.”
RollingStone: “Liman keeps the action and surprises coming nonstop. OK, the end is a head-scratcher. Until then, Cruise and Blunt make dying a hugely entertaining game of chance.”
ChicagoTribune: “I’m not sure Edge of Tomorrow holds much repeat viewing potential among teenage movie consumers, since the movie’s a self-repeating entity to begin with. But once is fun.”
Forbes: “For a film that is technically a loud and violent sci-fi action film about mechanized soldiers battling space aliens, it’s surprisingly light on its feet and carefully tows the line between respecting the inherent drama of its premise and having a bit of a goof when the story allows it. There was a time when a Tom Cruise sci-fiction thriller would be among the summer’s predetermined box office champions. Today, Edge of Tomorrow almost feels like a B-movie compared to the likes of X-Men: Days of Future Past or Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
TIME: “Only toward the climax, when the live-die-repeat cycle is abandoned, does Edge of Tomorrowgo logy. But it’s two-thirds of a sensational ride — one you can ride over and over without buying additional tickets.”
EntertainmentWeekly: “Despite its terribly unimaginative title, Edge of Tomorrow is a surprisingly imaginative summer action movie.”
TheGuardian: “It is basically deadly serious, and after some moderate knockaboutfun, settles into something pretty dull. Where’s the edge?”
IndieWIRE: “Edge of Tomorrow is slick, but once its fancy plot dressing takes form, it has little more to offer aside from a few impressive action sequences and the infallible grin of its nimble lead.”
NewYorker: “What’s missing from the movie is the existential adventure that it implies—the confrontation with death, the overcoming of pain.”
SFGate: “The gimmicks of repetition and time travel make for comic opportunities, which the movie exploits without losing the serious thread. Likewise, as the major grows in knowledge and becomes someone who knows about the fates of others, there are poignant moments as well. All these are harmonized nicely into one flow and one vision by the director.”