Monthly Archives: June 2014

Movie – “Edge of Tomorrow”

M loves to go to the movies. M likes to wheedle me into seeing movies I would normally refuse to watch. I watch a lot of (sometimes bad) movies with M.

“Edge of Tomorrow” was not one of them, I am glad to say. M is so smug right now.

It looked like it was going to be too violent and gory for me, but science fiction gore is significantly cleaner than current-affairs gore and so I was fine. No visible bone breaks, no bloody, bone-cracking deaths, etc. M has pointed out that I watch “Bones” while eating dinner and it doesn’t make sense for me to say I hate gore. Look, seeing the aftermath of violence is totally different than watching said violence being performed with blood and innards splashing about.

“Edge of Tomorrow” is an adaptation of the sci-fi novel “All You Need is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It’s been adapted into a comic of the same name written by Ryosuke Takeuchi and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. I haven’t read a translation of the novel, but I did a quick skimming of the comic and I think the movie is much, much better. The pacing is awkward in the comic, and there’s too much think-time in the protagonist’s head for me to enjoy. Also, I feel it’s difficult to get a full sense of motion from a comic versus a very well done special effect and stunt in a movie.

The premise is that the alien invasion of Earth resulted in… okay nevermind. It’s a “Groundhog Day” apocalyptic alien movie where Tom Cruise must repeatedly die in order to become Tom Cruise (the most apt quote ever from from /u/ViolentlyCaucasian on Reddit. Spoilers abound around that link). Yes, he does ride a motorcycle in this movie.

It’s a fun film. The characters are great, the action is great, none of the deaths felt gratuitous, etc. The ending was a bit meh, but whatever! I was satisfied at the end. A+++ would watch again.