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5.0 out of 5 stars Alien groundhog day
This is a science fiction/war/action movie which is a reasonably faithful adaptation of the novel All You Need Is Kill albeit it with name changes.

It's a complete and self contained film and not the start of any series of trilogy.

The film starts with a quick expositional montage, showing the start of an alien invasion of Earth, and the fighting...
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Repeats!
"Live Die Repeat" reminds me of the sort of story they used to have in 2000AD comic. It has a fairly preposterous premise but then goes on to tell a good 'what if' style story.

With a little willing suspension of disbelief you can sort of buy the whole sci-fi "Groundhog Day" concept. This time its aliens who have caused Tom Cruise's character to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alien groundhog day, 19 Oct. 2014
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This is a science fiction/war/action movie which is a reasonably faithful adaptation of the novel All You Need Is Kill albeit it with name changes.

It's a complete and self contained film and not the start of any series of trilogy.

The film starts with a quick expositional montage, showing the start of an alien invasion of Earth, and the fighting that followed.

Then we meet Major William Cage [Tom Cruise]. On the eve of a major human offensive on alien occupied territory, he's been doing great PR work highlighting the efforts of soldiers who use hi-tech battlesuits, in particular tough lady warrior Rita Vrataski [Emily Blunt].

Cage isn't keen on the prospect of joining the fighting. But he finds himself forced into it. And promptly dies in his first battle.

Only to reborn, right back at the moment when he found himself forced to fight.

Stuck in a time loop, dying again and again, desperate to find out why, his only hope might lie with Rita. And the only hope for the future of the Planet Earth might lie with both of them....

Yes, it's groundhog day. With aliens. But beyond that one similarity, this film has more than enough individual touches to make it worth the five star rating.

A very good performance from Tom Cruise. Who convincingly portrays a man who grows and changes as a result of all he experiences.

A very good performance from Emily Blunt, convincing as a tough lady soldier.

The acting plaudits don't stop there. Bill Paxton threatens to steal the show as a tough and sardonic Sergeant. The actors playing the rest of his squad don't get much screen time by comparison to the major players, but they do enough to make their characters fully rounded and make you want to see more of them.

The directing is superb, with the early invasion sequences and the resulting battle being visually stunning.

There's an excellent amount of very good humour.

And the plot has enough twists and turns to keep moving things on to the next level when required, and to keep surprising the viewer as well.

Plus it Has some excellent location work in London.

This is an entertaining blockbuster. It's a hugely entertaining movie experience, and it's well worth five stars.

The disc has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English, Castilian Spanish, Hindu.

Subtitles: English, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish.

It begins with no trailers at all, jumping straight to the main menu when loaded up.

Extras:

Just two featurettes.

Weapons of the future: All about the armour and the weaponry of the movie. This runs for eight minutes.
Creatures not of this world: All about the aliens and how they were brought to life. This runs for five minutes.

The former is very good and worth a watch. Although epileptics beware a sequence of flashing images during it.
The latter is quite good but a bit too short to make an impression.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Groundhog Day" meets "War of the Worlds", 26 Oct. 2014
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"Edge of Tomorrow" is a Westernised but otherwise reasonably faithful version of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel "All You Need Is Kill" and it is one of the cleverest SF films I have seen for a while.

This review is based on watching the film at home twice on DVD - and it is one of those films where you pick up things on the second watching which you miss first time round.

Anyone who has heard of this film will almost certainly already be aware that it involves a battle against apparently unstoppable alien invaders, and that the characters played by Tom Cruise (Major Bill Cage) and Emily Blunt (Sergeant Rita Vrataski) keep getting killed, but are caught in a time loop.

Each time Cage is killed he gets sent back to the start, but remembers what happened before, so he has the opportunity to learn how to fight more effectively and try to find new ways to defeat the alien invaders. Hence the slogan on the DVD box, "Live, Die, Repeat" which is also, as in this listing, sometimes incorporated into the title.

At the start of the film, Cage is not a very admirable character - though he holds the rank of Major he has never been near a battlefield and is basically a Spin Doctor in uniform.

(This is the main difference between the film and the book, in which the alien invasion had taken place in the Far East and the central character of the book was a Japanese raw recruit. In the film the aliens have invaded and largely conquered the European mainland. The Americans are heavily involved in the war in both the book and film, and the character of Rita is an American in the book.

Humanity has been taking a serious beating in the war against the invaders. One of Cage's achievements has been to publicise mankind's one victory, at Verdun, so as to persuade potential recruits to sign up. As part of that campaign the most effective soldier from that battle, Special Forces Sergeant Rita Vrataski, was depicted as the "Angel of Verdun" (although her fellow soldiers have an earthier nickname for her.) Cage was not expecting ever to find himself on a battlefield with Rita.

But for reasons we will not go into to avoid a spoiler, Cage does find himself in battle, where at first he is very ineffective. He is astonished when after the first time he is killed he wakes up again the previous morning. And whatever he tries to do, he keeps getting killed and waking up again at the same point the morning before the battle. Usually when he is killed he learns something from the events which caused his death and sometimes he can use that knowledge to avoid repeating a mistake or being where something nasty lands, thus living a little longer.

Then on the battlefield Cage meets Rita, who notices his ability to predict where shells, flying debris, and aliens will come from, and she tells him "Come find me when you wake up." When he does, she is almost the only person who believes any of his story, and she trains him to learn how to defeat the alien invaders. (By the way, this paragraph is not a spoiler as "LIVE - DIE - REPEAT" is plastered in two inch high letters on the DVD case and both the line I've quoted and the information that Rita trains Cage are in the trailer.)

One particularly challenging aspect for the film to show, which was generally well acted and presented, is the way Tom Cruise's character who can remember each successive iteration of the day they are living through, grows and develops through the film, while Emily Blunt's character does not retain the memories and is exactly the same at the start of each new iteration of the same day. I won't go through all the implications to avoid spoilers but the film explores several of them.

Another aspect where it must have been incredibly difficult to get the balance right, but which IMHO the film does brilliantly, is to show just enough of each repeated iteration that the viewer understands what is going on, without going through so much of each repeated day as to bore the viewer to death.

There are a fair number of plot holes and impossibilities in the film, but my experience was that quality of the acting and the well-paced and exciting story meant that I din't notice them until stopping to think about it after watching the DVD.

Special effects are very effective, from the alien monsters to the "exoskeleton" like combat suits which the human soldiers wear. But many of the stunts were real - Emily Blunt said on television that she "nearly killed Tom Cruise for real" while filming one of the action scenes.

This DVD has a reasonable number of extras, mostly about the creation of the film.

The film made me want to read the original book (see link above) which I can also recommend.

If you love pulling things to pieces and watch this determined to find something wrong, you will find things to criticise, but most people who like action films will enjoy "Edge of Tomorrow."
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get up, Maggot!!!!, 28 Oct. 2014
An alien race has hit the Earth and has destroyed most of Europe. It appears that they are unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what appears to be a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself thrown into a time loop, forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to attack the aliens with increasing skill, alongside Rita Vrataski.

And, as Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy, and closer to each other.....

After seeing this movie, its easy to see why this failed to set the box offence alight. It's not based on a popular comic book hero, it's not part of a franchise, it's not a young adult book, and its source material is highly original and pretty complex, so it's not your usual summer fare.

But blimey, its so refreshing to see something so original, so funny, and so involving have such a prolific release and treated with the respect it needs, and also respecting the audience.

Cruise hasn't been this good in years, here he's not playing the typical hero he has done forever, in fact, until the middle of the second act, he's a bit of a wimp who tries to talk his way out of everything.

But then we go back to the point where he wakes up, and for a good 30 minutes, it's hilarious, laugh out loud funny at times, and Cages frustration very time he knows he's going to buy it, is just priceless.

The second act is the strongest part of the film, and even though it does feel like its riffing on Groundhog Day, and Source Code,mother way its handles is very different and intricate to the narrative.

Blunt is okay, but her hard woman does grate toward the end of the film, and Cruises grin in the last shot is priceless, as if he's thinking 'just one more time'.

Its a brilliant movie, worth watching more than once, my only gripe is that Cage didn't smack the soldier who kept waking him up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Repeats!, 15 Jan. 2015
"Live Die Repeat" reminds me of the sort of story they used to have in 2000AD comic. It has a fairly preposterous premise but then goes on to tell a good 'what if' style story.

With a little willing suspension of disbelief you can sort of buy the whole sci-fi "Groundhog Day" concept. This time its aliens who have caused Tom Cruise's character to relive the same day over and over. Just like in "Groundhog Day" it addresses this with a certain amount of humour and an inevitable romantic interest. Unlike "Groundhog Day" the repeating time in "Live Die Repeat" gives an excuse for over the top action and special effects.

The other movie this most resembles is "Saving Private Ryan" with its homage (if that's the right word) to the Normandy landings. In "Live Die Repeat" the near future technology gives its own slant on invading occupied France with a particular fixation on powered exoskeletons. With a PG13 rating though the movie quite noticeably avoids showing any blood, so some of the violence seems quite comical.

The story here develops along fairly predictable lines and never really holds many surprises after some promising opening scenes. Emily Blunt clearly spent a lot of time in the gym in order to look the part for this movie but her characterisation is a little underdeveloped. It was nice to see Bill Paxton back in a military role again and his portrayal of a grizzled Master Sergeant is great fun to watch.

Sadly though "Live Die Repeat" never really lives up to the promise it shows at the beginning. The highly imaginative scenes of futuristic combat peter out into a less than imaginative 'thermal exhaust port' style scenario and a rather cringe worthy ending. Despite that this movie is well worth watching for the effects and the well choreographed action scenes alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film!, 29 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Edge of Tomorrow seemed to slip under the radar for a lot of people, so if you missed it you missed a thoroughly enjoyable action film. It's also one of the minority of films I'd recommend in 3D, the effects are really impressive throughout.
I won't go into detail on the story as it'll spoil it but it involves aliens, guns, time travel, mechanised power suits and (for me personally) a surprisingly solid plot with very few holes.
Cruise is more or less his usual self although there's a fair amount of progression in his character and Emily Blunt is properly badass. There's also a decent number of properly funny (and very painful) gags throughout. In summary this is a classic moderately intelligent action film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, differs from the book, and way better than I expected., 2 Jan. 2015
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I read the book in 2013, avoided the cinema release (because of mediocre reviews) and then waited until Black friday when I bought this for under a tenner – and I'm glad I did; great purchase.
The film differs from the book a fair amount, which actually pleased me because it's not just a re-hash, it's a interpretation of the concept and certain characters, which, to me, works in it's favour.
I'm usually apprehensive when it comes to Tom Cruise flicks, but he does a great job here. Emily Blunt does a fine job as the Full Metal B1tch, too. There's actually a range of familiar faces in the film; Bill Paxton as Sergeant Farrell is great.
The film adds in more humour than the book offers, and this works in it's favour. The whole 'Groundhog Day' aspect does not get boring, as some might fear. Plus, the film is set in Europe, which I wasn't expecting at all.
All in all, it's not a serious Oscar winning movie, and nor should it be. It's an enjoyable action/sci-fi that I recommend at least seeing once, at least.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Year's best sci-fi blockbuster, 27 Feb. 2015
This military science fiction shooter draws key audio-visual motifs from a battery of established grand-daddies in a variety of genres: fantasy (LOTR), military (Saving Private Ryan's shock-and-awe beach bombing and Full Metal Jacket's bunker vernacular and the self-aware-hat-doffing All-Metal exoskeletons), body-moulded extended prosthetic body suit and tentacled mimic aliens (obviously Michael Bay's Transformers) and time- travel fatigue (Groundhog Day and more recently, Source Code) and the resultant mash-up still manages to surprise and entertain for its runtime because of immaculate casting and pincer-sharp focus of slickly shot screenplay.

The trajectory of the main protagonist, a clumsy, blood-fearing military man who's propelled slowly into purposeful action hero really makes the viewer invested in the film at a deeper level. Tom Cruise does not get a note wrong and imbibes even the more difficult fringes of this new action-hero-persona like humour, irony, understated romance and most importantly the fatigue from the incessant time travel completely and makes Cage stand out. The film's other joy is that being designed in the post-feminist set-up, the other gender gets as much ballast as the hero. The heroine (Emily Blunt, fierce!) has gone through everything our hero is going through in front of us. She has entered into a realm of legend and with this bumbling potentially-macho disoriented male entering the scene, it's up to her to train him to a level of ability that makes him safe to be towed along in the final reckoning.

There are close to 200 back-and-forth trips, and with three of them patiently ran-through in the terrific opening, the screenplay milks the rest for fatigue-filled allusions, for slapstick and humour from knowledge and for gravitas and pathos of prescience and pre-sentiment with immaculate ease.

For the final act, we are given rest from the incessant creases of time- travel and launch into a linear blast-it-all resolution. My one gripe is that this supremely well-executed film could have had more transparent politics. It uses the military, engages with the aliens in militaristic fashion, name-drops countries like Britain, France, Russia and China, places the mega-ton rotating Sauron's eye-like "Omega" mother time- setter under the Louvre, mentions THE resistance-free march of Russians and Chinese across the European sub-continent aided by UK and yet, no parallel between this created and the real geo-political universe could be convincingly drawn.

While appreciating and delving into the masterpieces at the Louvre is a sort of time-travel for all viewers, but aliens making it their hub and producing planet-decimating, time-manipulating mimics from beneath this supremely visible man-made landmark seems to be an uncertain choice with unnecessary temporal detail. Also, the ultimate resolution rather than grounded in pure science fiction, like Source Code, is more at home in hokey fantasy that relegates the whole product into fantasy-nerd gamer- boy territory. Which is a pity, because Liman with his team do hold your attention better than any other blockbuster in the last two years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What do we do now? I don’t know. We’ve never gotten this far., 25 Jan. 2015
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There’s nothing new in the central premise of this superb movie; science fiction has been messing about with time loops for decades. It’s been the stock-in-trade for some of the best Star Trek episodes, there have been some excellent recent films such as Memento & Source Code and Greg Bear’s splendid ‘Hull Zero Three’ gives the live, die, repeat theme an original twist. So, what makes this big budget 175 million dollar blockbuster stand out from the crowd? Lots of things, that’s what.

Firstly, this is the first sci-fi film I can think of where Tom Cruise isn’t an indomitable action hero from the first scene; here he’s an Army PR man (looking alarmingly like Pierce Brosnan) doing all he can to wheedle out of his surprise assignment to the imminent conflict zone. This refreshing lightly comedic, self deprecating tone is a consistent presence throughout the film.

Secondly, the treatment of the core concept; the countless iterations of the loop as Cruise and Blunt progress incrementally towards their goal are not presented in the ‘Oh no! Not again’ groundhog repetition format. The viewer is instead presented only with the changes to previous loops, keeping the dialogue and action fresh and, above all, engaging.

This segues nicely to the next point. Doug Liman’s direction is superb; the pace and tension are deftly managed from beginning to heart-thumping finale, just what you’d expect from the man responsible for the first three (and best) Bourne films. Finally, no review of a modern sci-fi motion picture would be complete without a passing mention of the special effects. They are superb, from the battle suit design, through the Private Ryan’esque beachhead sequences to the incredible alien masses of tentacles. I’m not quite sure why the aliens are called Mimics though; they never seem to do any, but perhaps it’s a plot device to keep the audience guessing about the nature of the main protagonists.

To summarise, this is an absolutely splendid movie and one we’ll definitely re-watch many times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live Die Repeat, All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow, 20 Nov. 2014
When all else fails, change the films title; strangely after seeing this film I cannot see what has failed. Edge of Tomorrow is easily one of the best films of 2014. I mean wow, is this film good. Tom Cruise is his usual excellent self playing a cowardly private sector PR man turned cowardly military PR man in this awesome sci-fi film about a man relieving the same day over and over again.

This film is science fiction, but this film has so much more with some great action scenes and some brilliantly funny moments as Emily Blunt attempts to train Tom Cruises cowardly PR man to hopefully survive the day. This film is basically 2 actors for most of the 113 minutes run time; yes that's 1 hour and 53 minutes. Unlike most films that seem to be released these days, Edge of Tomorrow doesn't have an excessively long running time that adds nothing to the film. This is one film that gets straight to the point.

Bill Paxton puts in a good performance in a small supporting role while Brendan Gleeson basically appears in a cameo.

You now might be wondering; if this film is so good then why did I only give it 4 out of 5 stars. Answer: The ending. I will avoid spoilers but I felt that the ending was weak. Despite my own opinions on the ending this is still one great film and is definitely worth a watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well-structured and fast moving roller coaster ride!, 9 July 2014
Since 2002's The Bourne Identity, Doug Liman has established himself as a fairly competent action director, however poor scripts and production problems have often mired the quality of his blockbuster films. The aforementioned Bourne film was wrought with production issues, though ultimately salvaged by extensive reshoots, while Mr and Mrs Smith crumbled under the weight of its own star-power. And though Jumper featured some promising but pulpy sci-fi ideas, it unfortunately took them nowhere with a typically underwhelming David Goyer script (ie. piss poor dialogue and characters).

Liman's blockbuster films may pop on screen but they merely fizzle away on the page and from the outset the unfortunately titled Edge of Tomorrow (sounding more like an American soap opera than a sci-fi war film) looked typical of the director's oeuvre. The explosive Saving Private Ryan meets The Matrix aesthetic of the trailer engaged, while the already-done sci-fi take on Groundhog Day set up hung over the film like a damp rag. But with Edge of Tomorrow Liman has delivered where so many have failed, by bringing smart filmmaking to a simple story and refusing to neglect a sense of fun.

Based on the novel `All You Need is Kill' by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Edge of Tomorrow begins amidst a world at war against a race of alien creatures that have overtaken Europe. They're known as `mimics' due to their ability to predict their opponents every move. Refreshingly Liman avoids covering the initial invasion almost entirely, introducing us to the situation through use of interviews and news footage. We're informed that humanity has begun to fight back and win in their war against these tentacled mechanical monsters. This is thanks in no small part to seasoned warriors such as Emily Blunt's Rita (or `Full Metal Bitch' as the propaganda posters call her) who has tallied more confirmed kills than any other soldier. During this montage Liman introduces Tom Cruise's Cage as the media face of the military, who is seen beckoning young Americans to war with the promise (and grandeur) of a sure victory. Before the title sequence is over the players and world has been effectively set up. It's efficient, to the point and allows for cutting straight to the meat and potatoes of the story.

After the attempted blackmail of a senior officer, Cage's cowardice lands him in trouble and with a first class ticket to the front-line. Out of his depth on a battlefield that is increasingly looking like a well-planned trap and surrounded by hardened grunts that are counting down the remaining the seconds of his life, Cage stumbles from one action-beat to the next until meeting his inevitable demise. But by a twist of fate Cage is forced to relive the day over and over again, meeting his end in a whole manner of violent, shocking and often funny ways. That is until he meets Emily Blunt's Rita, who holds information that may help Cage both break the cycle and end the war for good.

Unlike Duncan Jone's Source Code (that other Groundhog-Day science fiction picture) there is no thriller style mystery to unravel in Liman's film. Starting from a similar platform, Edge of Tomorrow instead takes inspiration from Paul Verhoeven's Starship Trooper and James Cameron's Aliens, both in story and character (and not to mention an actor in Bill Paxton). Much like with those sci-fi classics, the marines here are all action and little thought military clichés, running gung-ho to their own slaughter at the hands of an enemy they've vastly underestimated. But whereas Starship Troopers has the dumb but strong Rico and Aliens' the overlooked but brave Ellen Ripley at their centres, Edge of Tomorrow's Cage is the coward who'd rather sit this one out, forced into action only when the inescapability of his situation becomes starkly apparent.

It is easy to hate such a yellow-bellied individual as Cage, and the film practically asks us to early on. He's cowardly, uncaring and knowingly admits to sending thousands of young soldiers to their deaths through his own propaganda tactics. By making him dislikeable, his many demises become an effective focus for comedy. But Cruise imbues Cage with just enough charm that one finds them self endeared to him as he grows. It helps that he has the always-dependable Blunt to bounce off in many of his scenes, providing the film with a couple of fleeting but decent emotional beats. Blunt's Rita is the core of the film; she gets the best lines, the best action and is easily the most likeable character on display. Her performance in Edge of Tomorrow had me asking the question, when will Emily Blunt become the blockbuster star she's been threatening to for years?

Despite a few ham-handed scenes of exposition, Edge of Tomorrow succeeds because Liman and his writing team (Christopher McQuarrie and Jez & John-Henry Butterworth) have focused their efforts on telling a simple story in the most engaging way possible, centring on timing and structure to deliver effective action, comedy and character beats. There's a great deal of knowing restraint on display from Liman, allowing for the same battlefield to feel fresh an hour in to the film despite us having witnessed the action a countless number of times. But for their attention to structure, Edge of Tomorrow's greatest attribute is instead its playful tone. In another filmmakers hands it would have been a grim-dark slog through murky battlefields with tortured souls as our guide. Instead it's a well-structured and fast moving roller coaster ride replete with action thrills and more than a few hearty laughs.
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