The following review was written by Ultimate Rabbit correspondent, Tony Farinella.
“Edge of Tomorrow” is a film that, on paper, had all the ingredients for a film I would enjoy. Tom Cruise has always been an actor who has never been afraid to really throw himself into a project. He takes his work seriously, and it shows with the films he releases. He has great quality control. Emily Blunt is one of the best-working actresses in Hollywood with a ton of range and depth. When you throw in director, Doug Liman (known for action films such as the “The Bourne Identity” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”), it seemed like a recipe for a fun action film featuring some impressive action sequences and top-notch performances by its leads. However, the film forgot one of the most important ingredients of any truly successful action film: a great story. It uses the Groundhog Day gimmick of repeating the same day over and over again.
A group of aliens, which are known as “Mimics,” are coming to destroy Earth. They are fast, smart, and incredibly difficult to defeat. U.S. Army Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is thrown into the fire by General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) to help what is essentially a suicide mission against these Mimics. William Cage makes sure to tell him he has no combat experience, and he is not fit for any type of action. Brigham, however, is only looking out for himself, and he is looking to make Cage the fall guy. When he’s arrested and sent to Heathrow Airport, Cage soon discovers he is in way over his head. He’s part of a ragtag group of misfits known as the J-Squad.
Cage is killed instantly and starts to have the same day over and over again. If this sounds familiar, it is because this formula has been used countless times in other films, most recently with the “Happy Death Day” franchise. During one of his multiple trips to France, he ends up meeting Sergeant Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). It doesn’t take long for them to connect, and she reveals to Cage she also once had the same power he now possesses, where she had to repeat the same day over and over again. She has since lost it. If the two of them can team up, maybe together they can figure out a way to save the world from the Mimics.
“Edge of Tomorrow” is a very complicated film to follow at times. All of this talk about Mimics, alphas, betas, superorganisms and loops starts to become quite tedious after a while. This should have just been a fun, easy-to-follow film with some action and laughs thrown in the mix. There is plenty of action, in fact, there is too much of it. At times, it really took me out of the film. A little bit of character development and a little time to stop and smell the roses would have been appreciated. Any great action film takes the time to really let us get to know about our main characters. We know absolutely nothing about them. Cruise and Blunt are entertaining when paired together, but it doesn’t take long for the film to resort to wall-to-wall action right away.
Between the convoluted story, the non-stop action and lack of character development, I found it hard to really get into “Edge of Tomorrow.” I can’t deny the special effects are impressive and the Mimics look really good, but I didn’t sign up for either of them though, I realize I’m in the minority on this 2014 film, which made quite an impression with a majority of critics. I truly wanted to like this film, and I was prepared to sit back and shut my brain off and enjoy myself for two hours. I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief for that long because the film was throwing too much at me with little rhyme or reason. It didn’t take the time to explain things or to make us care about what was happening on screen.
* * out of * * * *
4K Info: “Edge of Tomorrow” is released on a two-disc 4K Combo Pack from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment. It comes with the 4K, Blu-ray, and a digital copy of the film. It has a running time of 113 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive material.
Audio Info: The audio formats for this film are Dolby Atmos-TrueHD: English, DTS-HD MA: French, Dolby Digital: English Descriptive Audio, French, and Spanish. The film has subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. I’m always a huge fan of Dolby Atmos audio, and it really stands out in a film like this.
Video Info: The 4K is released on 2160p Ultra High Definition. The High Dynamic Range really makes the film look moody, dark, and shadowy. It’s an impressive looking 4K. The Blu-Ray is in 1080p High Definition.
Operation Downfall – Adrenaline Cut
Storming the Beach
Weapons of the Future
Creatures Not of This World
On The Edge with Doug Liman
Should You Buy It?
Sadly, I can’t recommend you go out and purchase “Edge of Tomorrow.” However, if you are a fan of the 2014 film, I would encourage you to upgrade from the Blu-ray to the 4K. There is a noticeable difference between the two formats in terms of picture quality and audio. It had been eight years since I watched the film, and I didn’t think much of it back then. I thought maybe a second viewing would give me a new appreciation for the film. I’m sad to report that is not the case. It’s still not a film I enjoy or can recommend you pick up unless you own the Blu-ray and want the 4K experience. I like all of the participants in the film, but the storyline has been done before and done better. The actors are really hampered by the exhausting script. It’s too much movie and there is no brain behind it. The characters are also written without a lot of thought behind them. The film is simply eye candy with its special effects.
**Disclaimer** I received a copy of this film from Warner Brothers to review for free. The opinions and statements in the review are mine and mine alone.