I’ve heard several people say that the Edge of Tomorrow is actually a fairly decent movie, so I went out on a limb and purchased it a couple of weeks ago and finally watched it tonight.
I’m not sure if I remember having seen any previews for this movie or knowing anything more about it other than the main character, William Cage, relives the same day over and over and over again. The day he gets to relive is one where he gets thrown into combat repeatedly in order to save the entire planet. It seems I have a thing these days for movies and other entertainment venues that involve science fiction and technology because the combat suits the soldiers get to wear are pretty fantastic.
I think I’m going to have to discuss some spoilers in order to talk about some of the things I really thought were done well and some of the things that really stuck with me. So if you haven’t seen the movie and you want to be surprised by the events and not have the ending spoiled, you might want to stop reading. You have been duly warned.
This movie didn’t start out the way I thought it would. I think the previews made it look like Cage would be a hero and that he would be the one to save the day. But he starts out the movie as a coward and a deserter; someone who is doing everything possible to avoid combat and not be on the front lines. He’s a media guy – the guy that everyone sees on the televisions, but that doesn’t actually do heroic deeds. He tries to blackmail the general to not sending him into combat, and then he wakes up in handcuffs. He gets thrown into a combat situation and he doesn’t even know how to turn the safety off on his weapon system. I have to admit that I actually laughed at Cage’s terror during the drop and his incompetency with the weapon system.
But as the movie and the story progresses, he gets to like and respect J Squad and he starts trying to save or find Rita Vrataski. At first, he doesn’t know why he’s trying to find Vrataski, but then he learns that she also used to have the ability to reset the day. The team develops a plan to try to take out the Omega, which is the main brain of the alien life forms. Vrataski starts training Cage and she shoots him every time she wants to reset the day, which happens quite a lot and is amusing at least most of the time. I really enjoyed how the movie showed Cage developing care and concern for the members of J Squad. He tries to save their lives on multiple occasions and when push comes to shove, he’s able to prove that he knows them, earns their trust, and convinces them to follow him and Vrataski into an unknown mission with certain death at the end.
I think there are a lot of places where this movie brings up a lot of really potent philosophical questions. If you had to live the same day over and over and over again, and watch people who you cared about die thousands of times, what would that do to your ability to care? Would you care more? Would you eventually give up in hopelessness? How would you react to knowing that you would have to die every day? Would you eventually stop trying to save someone you love in order to save the world? Where is the line between choosing to sacrifice yourself to save someone you love and choosing to sacrifice both of you to save the world?
Overall, I did actually enjoy the movie and would rate it as a solid three on my rating scale. I’m quite glad I own it and I watched all of the special features after I finished watching the movie and I will likely watch this movie again in the future.