Based on the Japanese light novel All You Need is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt as soldiers in a fight against a mysterious alien force that, under the right circumstances, can cause fighters to relive a day over and over again.
The movie version, variously known as Edge of Tomorrow or Live, Die, Repeat, came out in 2014 and was on my radar, but I never got around to seeing it until recently. So here’s my take on time resetting aliens and Mr. Scientology.
The funny thing is, I had just gotten the movie on Bluray and the very same day, it showed up on Cinemax so that’s where I saw it. Oh well, extras and everything, the Bluray isn’t going to go to waste.
To start, this is a well done movie and even though I’m no fan of Tom Cruise, I think he did a good job as the full-of-himself Major William Cage who has to learn to fight. Emily Blunt as Rita Vrataski also does a good job as the legendary combat vet who has already been through this time-resetting plot device, but I think she was a bit too hard on Cruise, taking an almost sadistic glee in shooting him in the head time and time again to begin the day anew. You’d think, knowing that she had already been through it, that she’d be a bit more understanding and besides, they have as many times around as they need, or at least until the plot calls for something else, it isn’t like they need to rush.
This movie borrows a lot from the Matrix, including the design of the aliens. I kept thinking about the final battle in Matrix Revolutions every time they were on screen. There were a lot of things that really didn’t make sense, like how Cage was able to keep sneaking away from J Company for his super secret training with Rita and his meetings with Dr. Carter. He has only a matter of hours between when he resets and the big battle yet he seems to have plenty for combat montages and underground scientific confabs. Why does nobody question this supposed deserter just wandering around, meeting with their most celebrated warrior, especially since Master Sergeant Farell, played excellently by Bill Paxton, makes it clear that he’s going to try to alert the enemy to their plans? It makes no sense.
But really, and I know it’s not good to think too much about movies like this, but if the Mimics have this time-resetting ability, why have they not won already? How could they ever lose? Something goes wrong, they reset and try again. If the Omega sees everything that the Alphas see, why didn’t it reset before Tom Cruise could kill it? It really makes no sense and amounts to convenient writing, something I really hate.
But overall, the movie was an enjoyable two hours and I’m sure I’ll watch it a couple more times, which is pretty high praise. If you’re looking for an interesting concept, a bit of humor and a lot of action, you could do a lot worse than Edge of Tomorrow.