Officially this would only be my second movie review for the years of 2014. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was my last rodeo( in movie streak terms). I really have set aside a lot of time in the past 6 months to not watching many movies as to better focus on writing and studying and college classes.
However, I have taken some time away from that focus to see what is out there. As my last post began delving back into time as to the best of the best movie theater experiences have been..this one was, however, maybe on that list. Summer blockbusters as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas really are Hollywood’s A-list set of films and the best of the best. School’s out..hopefully forever! And all is welcome to the black screen, freezing air conditioning and the many demands that we make for our 20 dollars and two hours.
Edge Of Tomorrow Official Synopsis And Review
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Noah Taylor
Director: Doug Liman
Writer(s):Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth. Based on the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Plot/Overview: Set in what seems to be the relative future( implied by the robotic war machine suits of armor) major William Cage(Tom Cruise) is recruited and sent to the front lines of Europe to engage an alien enemy. The conflict in him is that he does not fight, but reluctantly and ordered to he must fight. Cage shows up very scared and unable to fight. Moments into getting dropped from the airplane into the fight Cage is killed(he did ask the guy next to him about the safety on the gun). Cage does not die, rather he enters some kind of time/space continuum( I knew that Stephen Hawking guy was onto something). Instead of dying he has to relive the same day. As each day into battle occurs Cage develops a keener sense of how to defeat the alien armies. He also meets Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), a special forces warrior, who figures out that he is dying and coming back to life. After a few times of meeting she says, “Come find me when you wake up?”
And, as Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. Cage discovers that the same ‘live, die, repeat’ effect happened to her but she lost the ability. With the help of Dr. Carter(Noah Taylor) they are able to defeat the aliens.
I just fast forwarded it a bit…you get the picture..they fight tip they win( go America-assuming that that is who Cage is fighting for, even though they were attacking France–clearly, not referring to present day relations with France)
After Thoughts/key messages and lines
I am still figuring out the format for my movie reviews. I think its just like anything in breaking down movies/stories and music..just lets get to the ‘what does this mean part?’
Honestly, all of my closest friends and family will know how deep of a thinker I can be. Obviously the poetry is no surprise but I even get surprised by my emotional compass of the things that really strike me. This movie is not that deep, however, anytime we talk about war and show war that does do something to people. There were stories when Saving Private Ryan came out of real war veterans that were in Normandy and could not bear to stay in the movie theater because it was that accurate. Hollywood is its own Sociology book. It takes its views of the world and shoves it in your face sometimes as to what it ought to be like. War is an opinion sometimes, but a gross reality for all of humanity. Cage represents the fearful and cowardice of a man that does not want to fight. Its as if his name got picked in the draft and he did all he could to deny it. But the key line in it all is when Rita says, “You have to die everyday.” Cage does not want to face his reality. Our human weakness wants to run and hide but life is a war, it is a daily battle. The Apostle Paul said it 2,000 years ago, “I die daily!”
Nobody wants war but we face it and those who choose to fight will be remembered forever. Hollywood wants to know what the end of the world will be like and like most stories humans will prevail and humans will survive. The alien Mimics are not the real enemy, the real enemy is facing death and overcoming it.
Lastly, when Cage says, “I live this day I don’t know what is gonna happen!” That is also the reality. We don’t always get a second chance, so we need to face the conflicts at hand and face them today.
Rotten Tomatoes gave this a great review at 89 %, but it fell last place in money making for its opening movie and losing out to the ‘Fault In Our Stars’ film. It goes to show that Tom Cruise still delivers, even as he is aging but that doesn’t always translate over into the success that the producers and studios want. People want sequels and the stats show that they gross the most money.
Shall we anticipate: Transformers 4, Superman 2, Star Wars, episode 7, 22 Jump Street, Avengers 2, and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes..some to come this summer and some next.
I have many, many more reviews and blog thoughts to come on films. Its been a journey, so stick with me not on just the summer and the past 6 months but on what is to come of what we crave and love in characters and television.
As always..to be continued..