'Edge of Tomorrow' delivers sci-fi action with a dark sense of humor
The story of “Edge of Tomorrow” is bolstered by its cast. Cruise more or less plays Cruise, though with a fairly dramatic narrative arc compared to his usual leading men. Blunt is perfect as the tough-but-appealing Rita, and Bill Paxton seems to be channeling Robert Duvall’s character in “Apocalypse Now” as Master Sergeant Farell, the philosophical meathead who greets Cage at the beginning of every re-set. And even if he feels a little underused, it’s always nice to see Brendan Gleeson on board as General Brigham, the man who demotes Cage at the beginning of it all.
It’s also nice to see a film where outstanding visual effects are in place to support the story and not the other way around. The film's narrative is so engaging that you forget the quality of the effects you see on the screen. Unfortunately, all the effects in the world won’t undo the brief shot of a male backside that, even if played for laughs, thankfully doesn’t become one of the film’s running gags.
It will be interesting to see how “Edge of Tomorrow” does next to this summer’s other action tent poles. It’s an excellent ride, but even with Cruise in the lead, franchises rule the field these days. It would be a shame if “Edge of Tomorrow” gets swept under the rug just because it lacks a Marvel or Transformers logo.
“Edge of Tomorrow” is rated PG-13 for consistent brutal action violence, profanity (including one use of the f-word) and brief nudity.
Joshua Terry is a freelance writer and photojournalist who appears weekly on "The KJZZ Movie Show" and also teaches English composition for Salt Lake Community College. More of his work is at woundedmosquito.com.
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