Something really disappointing has happened. People have seemingly given up on Tom Cruise. Whether be it as a result of his off screen antics, a string of unsuccessful or lackluster recent outings or him crossing over into that unfortunate age where you are no longer marketable to the younger demo, it appears audiences have lost interest in Mr. Cruise. So much so that most have largely ignored his most recent fare. And that is a shame. A huge shame given that most people are going to miss out on his newest film Edge Of Tomorrow which is a bona fide classic.
Here is why you should get over whatever issues you have with Tom Cruise and get your ass out to see Edge Of Tomorrow pronto:
1) It’s the best “Tom Cruise” movie in years
Regardless of your thoughts of Mr. Scientology face, no one can deny Tom’s film legacy. Risky Business. A Few Good Men. Jerry McGuire. Mission Impossible. Rain man. The guy is a star. It is a fair argument to say that it has been a while since he has had a home run in terms of a character. (don’t hold your breath for a Jack Reacher sequel). Until now. This is the one. This is Cruise playing a real character for the first time in a long time. His performance is against type and unexpected. And he is really, really good.
2) It’s also the best “Sci Fi” movie in years
Based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill (which could have been a damn fine name for this movie) this film has just a completely original and terrific concept. Think Aliens meets Groundhogs Day meets Saving Private Ryan. The fantastic script provides twists, turns, smartly written characters and a good dose of comedy. The effects are top notch. The action sequences are spectacular. All around super creative stuff by director Doug Liman and crew.
3) The aliens are cool
The Mimics (as they are called) are refreshingly different. The way they move and attack is quite unlike anything presented before on film. They are like a techno hybrid of a spider and a squid. Menacing and interesting. Well done.
4) The Mech suits are pretty badass
Yes, Mech Suits are becoming pretty run of the mill nowadays. They show up in practically every videogame and a whole mess of movies. That said, the gen one looking suits of Edge Of Tomorrow seem kind of authentic. They seem lived in. Almost practical in a way. Cutting edge technology that seems almost possible. And those guns…oh those guns. (The Marines from Aliens would be proud)
5) The best Bill Paxton since Hicks.
Why don’t you put HIM in charge? Yes…very smart move. Paxton kills it in this movie from his very first line. You will love it.
6) Emily Blunt kicks all kinds of ass
Emily Blunt as the Angel of Verdun is fantastic. She deserves to stand beside Ripley and Sarah Connor. And she does it all without doing the obvious “trying to play tough” like some lesser actresses before her. Her sword play alone will make you cheer.
7) You get to see Tom Cruise die. A lot. No I am serious. A LOT.
If you can’t get over your Tommy issues this film will be appropriately cathartic. Thanks to the time loop premise Cruise bites it countless times. And in many creative ways. That alone should get you to see this movie.