If you're a fan of sci-fi actioners with a slight cerebral and comic twist, then you can't really go wrong with Edge of Tomorrow. The sleeper hit, starring Tom Cruise, has slowly been generating some buzz after some enthusiastic word-of-mouth reviews. Personally, it's definitely some of the most fun I've had in the movie theater for a long time.
However, if you still haven't seen the movie, I wouldn't read much further than this point, because things are going to get rather spoilery.
Although I loved the film, I did have a bit of an issue with the ending. In particular, that it was seemingly bolted on to give the movie a, perhaps unnecessarily, optimistic ending. Personally, I wouldn't have minded a bleaker ending in which Cage and Vrataski both die, but humanity has ultimately been saved from the Mimics thanks to their sacrifice. But then again, I'm a big fan of darker endings.
As it turns out, writer Christopher McQuarrie did have a darker ending in mind for Edge of Tomorrow, but even I'm surprised by quite how bleak it is. Essentially, the humans lose the war. Check out what he says below:
When Tom loses the power, and they go to Paris, and Tom is preparing the team as they go into Paris where he's telling them the rules of the movie, he tells the team everything the audience knows. Basically, he told them: 'Kill as many Mimics as you want, but do not kill an Alpha. If you kill an alpha we'll be right back here having this conversation, and we won't even know it. The enemy will know we're coming and they'll kill us all.' When they get to Paris there's the classic horror movie scene where one of them gets separated from the group, and he gets attacked by an Alpha and kills it. As he kills it, you see the Omega reset the day and you see the point-of-view of the villain. We cut to the plane and hear the same speech all over again. This time when he gets to the line, 'You can bet they'll have a plan to kill us all,' the ship gets hit. As the audience, you realize the enemy knows they're coming. The problem was you were so exhausted by the time you got to that point.
As you can imagine, the ending was ultimately rejected by the studio - which isn't surprising really, but is perhaps a bit disappointing.
An ending like this would have certainly left the audience shocked in their seats. Like so many summer blockbusters, we all kind of expected the movie to end happily ever after - as it eventually did. Playing with our expectations in the manner described above would certainly have made the film stand out among all the other sci-fi films which are now churned out on a regular basis. I also think it would have been a fitting end to a movie, which although a blockbuster in many regards, was also cleverer, better written and better acted than the likes of Transformers and its ilk.
What do you think?
Which ending do you prefer?