Edge of Tomorrow Parent Review
For Tom Cruise, who appears intent on prolonging his career as an action hero, this movie is a lucky break.
In this movie, Tom Cruise plays Major William Cage, a military PR spokesman who has been able to avoid even a hint of action. That all changes when he is shanghaied and sent to the front lines of a battle against an extra-terrestrial enemy. Without so much as a lick of training, he is strapped into a heavy metal contraption and dropped into the middle of a Normandy Beach-like invasion.
Before being killed (for the first time), Cage is splattered with blood from one of the aliens. The event throws him into a time loop where he wakes up at the same precise moment on the same day to live and die over and over and over again. (Think of this as Groundhog Day with big guns.) Luckily each time he learns to stay alive a little longer. Finally he stumbles upon Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), the military’s poster girl heroine who earned a reputation for slaughtering hundreds of the spider-like invaders. She, just as Cage, once had the ability to reboot after being killed. But now she has lost the power.
However she thinks she has figured out a way to defeat the aliens and begins training Cage to hunt down the main source of the enemy’s power. Whenever Cage is injured during their practice sessions she simply shoots him to restart the day. Unfortunately some of these repeated killings are played for laughs. While audiences only see Rita pulling the trigger, there is still something disturbing about her firing a gun at man with the same nonchalant attitude you’d shoot a video game character.
Along with the training sessions, the recurring battle scenes are also violent. These depict soldiers being smashed, shot, blown up and engulfed in flames after being dropped out of transport planes. In one particularly gruesome scene a character’s skin melts away after his face is burned. As Cage begins to recognize the futility of the army’s attempts, he becomes callous about making any effort to save the lives of his fellow soldiers. The film’s comedic moments are meant to lessen the intensity of the brutal situation, but there are times when the humor feels out of place on the battlefield.
With the onslaught of war violence, the screenplay had to limit other content in Edge of Tomorrow in order to keep it within a PG-13 rating. Consequentially sexual content isn’t excessive. Cage and Rita do have an open discussion about sexual activity and there are brief sexual references. And audiences also see the buttocks of a soldier who prefers to fight without the restriction of clothing.
The concept is clever—at least for a while. Yet although not every detail of the day is shown every time, it won’t be long until you are familiar enough with the script to repeat the lines along with Cage. As the novelty of his new power wears off, even he becomes increasingly weary of reliving the early parts of each day. Thankfully for viewer, the filmmakers pick up the pace and skip significant chunks of time as the story progresses.
For Tom Cruise, who appears intent on prolonging his career as an action hero, this movie is a lucky break. It allowed the aging actor to cut down on the physical work by reusing many of the scenes over and over and over again.Directed by Doug Liman. Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Lara Pulver. Running time: 113 minutes. Theatrical release June 6, 2014. Updated May 23, 2016
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Edge of Tomorrow Parents Guide
What situation would you like to have a chance to do over? How does Cage’s repeated experience help him develop his fighting skills? What role does repetition and practice play in improving a person’s ability to do something?
Several real life newscasters and politicians show up on the screen. Is this supposed to make the movie feel more like the real world?
Perhaps it is only a coincidence, but this movie depicting a battle as bloody as the Normandy Beach Invasion (June 6, 1944) releases on the 70th anniversary of the historic WWII battle.