Going in to the midday showing of Edge of Tomorrow, I was expecting to be impressed. All these positive reviews had surprised me, as a seemingly typical science fiction fair had managed to garner near universal respect among movie goers. I think that was my problem.
I wasn't truly enthralled or amazed by the movie. It was good, definitely entertaining, but I was left wondering what all the uproar was about. But then I realized that I came into the movie expecting it to be good thanks to the reviews, whereas all the reviewers entered with the expectations to accompany a CGI-Heavy, Tom Cruise controlled, action intense film - expectations were low.
Edge of Tomorrow managed to not suck. Which is awesome, if you think it will. But if you're like me, and have already picked up on this and will enter the theater with this in mind, then the greatest spoiler of the film has been revealed, and it won't be much of an experience.
Things the movie did right:
Action: Every part of the fights are intense, while admittedly mindless, it places the watcher on the battlefield, and I can tell you I was scared, for the soldiers and myself while watching.
Characters: The film does have some nice characters, specifically the drill sergeant who loves the bible and Blunt's character. They're unique and easy to understand, while not fully developed, they set up stationary points to ground Cruise's track to near insanity.
Ending: I'm not going to spoil it, but this ending just seemed too easy, and nearing cliche. Screw it, I'll spoil it a little. Cruise destroys some alien reset button, and as a result of this, every alien stops, and humans are able to sweep through victoriously. Hmm, where have I seen this before? How about The Avengers, The Phantom Menace, Battle LA, and just a bunch more movies I can't think of. This easy ending seems lazy and, well, just too easy. Like I could believe that an alien race smart enough to control time is stupid enough to pull the whole "all eggs in one basket" maneuver and let their entire operations rely on one small thing? Oh, I just thought of some more, like Independence Day, and Star Wars (the first one). And something you'll notice is that all of these movies encounter aliens, usually as the primary antagonists, and that's why the film wasn't great, it sank to the level of every other alien invasion. Oh, and Pacific Rim too, which was actually nearly mirrored in Edge. Huh.
Color Palette: The whole movie probably only used around four colors. Grey, Grey Green, Grey Orange, and Grey Blue. What a disappointment, especially when compared to the likes of Pacific Rim, mentioned earlier, which hosted the exact opposite: a screen bursting with color. While it didn't need to be on the same level as Pacific Rim, it would've been nice to take a break from the dull surroundings and bear witness to a color. So much was grey that things were lost among other, grey-er things. It made for a dull screen, stripped of cinematographic zest.
Overall, not a bad film, but I was expecting more.
How the Film Could've been Awesome
If you saw the film, you knew instantly that this whole thing was an allegory to WWII and the Nazis. If you're sporting an amazed or confused expression on your face, go grab a history book and come back.
With the whole thing starting in Germany, spreading through Europe with lightning speed, but failing to take the UK, and a massive invasion traveling over the English channel into france only to find a well prepared force and experience a massacre, one must ask why they needed to bring it out of WWII?
Imagine this, it's World War II, a recruiter is forced into the D-Day invasion, and gets stuck in a time loop by fighting the Nazis and has to defeat them another way. Yep, just keep him in the time period, have him fighting Nazis, and what could go wrong? You'd save millions on effects and you'd intrigue a larger audience, the one that find aliens too cliche and/or nerdy.
The only drawback I can find is figuring out how the whole time-recycler fits into the plot. Possibly the Nazis created it and are testing it? Maybe it's just a tunnel of dreams Cage experiences before he wakes up to being called a maggot and leaves him completely prepared? Either way, I'd be way more inclined to see this version than the version in theaters.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Would you like to see a WWII version of the film, or was this better for you? Comment below.