When you can't beat 'em, let 'em beat you

When you can't beat 'em, let 'em beat you

Edge of Tomorrow (3D)
English (U/A) ¬¬
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
Director: Doug Liman


Nothing could be more terrifying for the human race than a mass alien invasion. Not knowing an enemy on both a biological and technical level can be supremely unsettling.

The Edge of Tomorrow depicts an alien apocalypse, with the aliens having the added advantage of being able to manipulate time.

Tom Cruise plays Major Cage, a man with zero combat experience, who is forcefully thrown into a battle arena at a beach in London.

On the battlefield, Cage’s cluelessness makes him run around like a headless chicken.

By a stroke of luck, or perhaps not, he manages to kill an “Alpha” alien right before dying.

However, almost immediately, he finds himself waking up in the past.

Everytime he dies he wakes up, like a checkpoint in a video game. Stuck in a time loop, Cage has to die over and over again, getting better in battle with every “reset”.

But when you share the ability to reset time with a more powerful enemy, is attempting to win futile?

He encounters Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who seems to know what he’s going through from personal experience.

Together, they try to find the loopholes and attempt to beat the “Omega”.

The Omega is the master which controls all the Alphas and alien minions or “mimics”.

The mimics are as plentiful as the grains of sand on the beach that Cage’s battalion is doomed to die on.

But the Omega could be at any location in the world, making defeating it even more challenging.

Even if one were to continually think of the impracticality of such an invasion, when Emily Blunt starts sharing the stage with Cruise, a viewer will tend to be engaged.

Reminiscent of Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill, Rita Vrataski is a force to reckon with, and is more-than-intimidating to battle-novice Cage.

The biggest testimony to this movie’s graphics is the unsightly appearance of the aliens, besides the stupendous warships and larger-than-life weapons.

Director Doug Liman, whom we best know for the Bourne series, knows were to incorporate the surprises for those susceptible to knee-jerks.

The 3D really brings out the flying debris in the battlefield.

But the premise of this movie is nothing exceptional. Even the “resets” can become monotonous with repeated dialogues and scene settings.

If Halo is your favourite video game, or if aliens and bloodshed thrill you, watch this movie.

Edge of Tomorrow, however, is nothing to write home about.

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