Mittwoch, 4. Juni 2014


 Title: Edge Of Tomorrow 3D
Running Time: 113 min
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Tom Cruise might be the most controversial actor of our time. Thus, everytime a new project of his is released, there are a lot of people who wish to see him fail. But he has yet to do so. With lots and lots of audience favorites and box office hits in his filmography, he is one of the most successful people in Hollywood right now. So is Edge Of Tomorrow the epic fail Cruise Haters have been waiting for? Or is it another great piece of movie entertainment?
Well, it most certainly is the latter! Edge Of Tomorrow is a terrific action sci-fi piece that, in spite of a familiar concept, stays incredibly fresh and exciting. Following the Groundhog Day routine, this movie is about a guy who unvoluntarily finds himself at the battlefront against an alien invasion. When he dies, he suddenly wakes up a day earlier and the whole thing happens again... and again and again. But what makes this movie special, is the way it plays with that idea. You don't really get a counter on how many times our main character has done this before, which keeps you guessing, and in contrary to other movies of that type, he knows what to do to get out of the loop very early in the movie. As he learns new things with every repitition, he gets closer to his goal everytime, taking new routes, reaching new places and surviving a little bit longer each try.
Doug Liman really knows how to shoot action and the visuals are gandios. This is one of the more "dirty" science fiction films, where the new technology isn't all shiny and bright. The armour of the soldiers really looks like it has been used before, and setting the film in europe and the main battle at a beach really gives you some World War II vibes. The aliens are very unique, and after they were described as "working like one organism", I immediatly saw that they were exactly how I'd imagine giant neurons to look like! The 3D was not ground-breaking, but really didn't feel like a waste of money.
The actors are all doing great jobs as well. Tom Cruise is once more 100% committed to the action and you can really see and appreciate that he does his own stunts. Then there is Emily Blunt's Rita Vrataski aka. "The Angel of Verdun" who is probably one of the most bad ass chicks in cinema. She really owns that role and I'd love to see a spin-off for this beautiful ass-kicking lady.
The humor is very well placed, and the action and dialogue sequences take turns so nicely that you do not get bored with either. The last two minutes startled me a bit and I personally wished they had ended the movie just before, but this didn't have an impact on my over-all enjoyment of the film.
Edge Of Tomorrow is a big surprise, one of my favourite action films this year and will most definitely find its way into my DVD Collection. So go out and watch it! 

For Fans of:
Source Code (2011)
District 9 (2009)
Mission: Impossible 4 (2011)

And check out my friend's review over at B.A.'s Screentest for a second opinion!

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