Edge of Tomorrow: A Timeless Mindfuck (Cruise Wants a Sequel)

Battle is the Great Redeemer. It is the fiery crucible in which true heroes are forged. The one place where all men truly share the same rank, regardless of what kind of parasitic scum they were going in.

Yes, that’s right. Tom Cruise wants a sequel for the Edge of Tomorrow or Live. Die. Repeat. or whatever the name of the movie is (make up your mind, Warner Bros., goddammit). A bunch of websites devoted to film are reporting on it, like comingsoon.net, or cinemablend.com, or slashfilm.com , even MTV is getting on that ship.

And if there’s one rule that applies to Hollywood (as much as it applies to the Church of Scientology) is If Tom Cruise wants it, Tom Cruise gets it (actually, I’m just gonna take this wonderful opportunity to tag this post with Scientology to see if we can reach a boarder audience here *social experiment*). And, you know what, apparently Christopher McQuarrie wants it too and, if no one is paying for this I bet they can crowd fund it (you can crowd fund anything these days). And, you know what, (x2) I find that to be a great idea. And I’m not big on sequels, no one in their right mind is, but this doesn’t sound so bad, despite the fact that I/we have no idea of what Tom Cruise is pitching for the second installment, we’re all sure it’s going to be great (seriously, I’m not well protected enough to question Tom Cruise’s wants, needs and ideas).

Sequels are normally crap because they usually show up after a first movie that’s tough to beat. The thing is, Edge of Tomorrow is not that good. The movie is cool, granted. The looks are tight, not overwhelmingly impressive, but good. The plot sort of holds up, there’s some questionable planning to all of this, the fact that they didn’t allow themselves to share the key to solving this alien invasion, before going on with their plan and possibly getting all wacked with no return, still baffles me a bit (yeah, I get it, everyone would just assume they’re nuts, but that dysfunctional group of soldiers believed them, you know, maybe they should have prepared a plan B in case of major fail). Maybe Cage could just push the mission alone from the beginning, instead of restarting 300000000000000000 times to drag Rita into a problem that he eventually solved by himself. A point of the plot that was only there to make them fall in love and shit, sure, but not the only thing that had me going wth through this movie.

Yet, not everything is dark and confusing about this action packed adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s All You Need Is Kill. When this movie came out, everyone went on and on about how great Emily Blunt‘s character was, how awesome it was to add one more badass female character to the short list of female characters that don’t merely exist to serve as a prop to the main male character (for a moment there I was writing a comment on this matter and realized it was getting far away from the present subject and way longer than it should, so I’ll just post about the wonderful ways we bitch about the lack of female badass characters in movies some other time, juicy stuff). Rita Vrataski is really cool, but, honestly, not cool enough to match the high hopes I was carrying after all this fuss.

Tom Cruise stays true to himself, the usual master on running like a desperate freak and YOLO (do we still use this?) stunt work. C’mon, you have to seriously lack some passion for action movies if you completely dislike Tom.

Despite dueling with time related concepts and continuity, the movie is actually pretty easy to follow, which is a good thing. You may question what’s happening a couple times and, if you fall asleep midway through it, you’ll probably get mindfucked, but, the big picture of this is simple. That adds to the fun. Because this is a fun movie, not all movies time jumping through plot holes have to become some sort of puzzle.

The premisse here is clear. The mission is obvious. It just gets to the point in many ways. I was pleased by that. Can’t actually say the same thing about the repetition. Although, that’s obviously collateral damage, if you’re going to make a movie out of novel about a dude constantly restarting his damn day, there’s bound to be some repetition. I actually think they got around that pretty neatly, some fun moments, light stuff. But the feeling is still there and it left the film with this very weird pace, I think. It feels like the movie is stretching through most of it, it’s just too long, and, by the end, it just felt like it was super short, because there was, actually, not that much going on and we’re just trapped in this moment in time, going through new ways of experiencing it over and over again.

What are your thoughts on Edge of Tomorrow? Are you excited about the idea of a sequel? Let us know!


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