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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "LIVE-DIE-REPEAT", INDEED: GREAT TOM CRUISE & EMILY BLUNT SCI-FI FLICK, 17 Dec. 2014
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RBSProds "rbsprods" (Deep in the heart of Texas) - See all my reviews
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"Live, Die, Repeat" is the Tom Cruise Sci-Fi film that was released as "Edge of Tomorrow" with "Live Die Repeat" as a tag line. In its second life as a DVD and on-demand rental movie from the usual TV and smart gadget outlets, LDR is the main title with EOT becoming the tagline. Cruise continues on his action hero path following his last "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" movie, as well as the crime fighter "Jack Reacher" and the futuristic "Oblivion" movies: all good but not great. But 'Live Die Repeat" is great, featuring Cruise as a non-combat US Army officer, Major William Cage, tasked with providing information and a face (along with the picturesque photo of Emily Blunt's Rita in full battle gear plastered all over London) to the human-alien conflict but is put on the front lines against his will. They are fighting a unique enemy and in the ensuing battle, Cruise is killed in the initial encounter as shown in the trailers, but somehow comes back to re-live the recent events, over and over. As matters proceed, we are introduced to Emily Blunt's Rita character, Bill Paxon's Master Sergeant Farell, and Brendan Gleeson's General Brigham, the enemy and its real intentions, as well as some peculiar traits that affect Cruise's perception of time. A really enjoyable SciFi film with some mind-boggling CGI, unique ships, dangerous weapons, and awesome battle gear. Adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel "All You Need Is Kill". Highly Recommended! Four and a half MARVELOUS Stars! (Amazon prime video: Time-1 hr and 54 minutes)
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Groundhog-D-Day, 23 Oct. 2014
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In the not too distant future, Earth has come under attack by an Alien species known as Mimic's, who have taken control of Central Europe & are spreading to surrounding countries. The fate of mankind rests in the hands of an unlikely, cowardly public relations officer, Major William Cage (Cruise). Whose killed in his first combat mission in Earth's futuristic D-Day landings, but contracts the ability to see in the future from a special kind of Mimic, as he relives the same day over & over every time he dies. But will anyone listen to him & use this ability to help save Earth ?!!

Edge of Tomorrow is a fast & flashy action packed Sci-Fi movie with plenty of groundhog humor & a little romance. One of the surprising twists to this is that Tom Cruise isn't playing an out the box action man, he's a grunt who is kicked around by everyone. But being able to relive the same day over & over, we see him gradually transform from this cowardly deserter into the bad ass he normally starts out as. Which apart from the tiring repetition of the groundhog day flashbacks "On your feet, maggot!" x20, it is a very rewarding process of endearing us to his character. Watching him grow stronger as a solider/person, bonding with J squad along with Earths best fighter "Full Metal B1tch" (Emily Blunt) & plotting the downfall of the Mimic's with all the morality hurdles he has to jump. The action is very fast & furious (be especially aware of this if your easily effected by fast flashing images) consisting mostly of impressive CGI backdrops, explosions, gun fire & the Alien's are imaginative enough in a heavily used genre to get the job done.

Trivia: Edge of Tomorrow is based on a Japanese novel called All You Need Is Kill. Nods are given to the Japanese source material, such as the Japanese language used by the AI on the exoskeleton battle suits the solider's wear.

Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible) as Major William Cage is as energetic to watch as always, and seeing a different starting approach from him in terms of character morality, ability & romantic role was an enjoyable change of pace. Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau) is great as the aforementioned "Full Metal B1tch" aka Sergeant Rita Vrataski. She put's in a good action performance & living up to her nickname as Cage finds her a force to be reckoned with. The role reversal romance angle is handled well with smoldering tension , indeed the last visual scene in the movie spoke a thousand words. The supporting cast are well chosen for this movies underlying humor. I loved Bill Paxton's (Aliens) oddball sense of humor Master Sergeant. Brendan Gleeson (Braveheart) as a stubborn British General was subtly funny & Noah Taylor (Tomb Raider) plays his usual science geek stereotype to aplomb. The soldiers of J squad each have unique on the surface personalities, Kick Gurry (Garage Days) as cocky Aussie Griff & Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood) as wild eyed Englishman Skinner were stand outs.

In conclusion, if you like the recent Mission Impossible movies then the action/humor combination of Edge of Tomorrow will feel familiar & enjoyable, but with a Sci-Fi twist. Contains mild language & violence. Recommended.
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19 of 21 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars You are not mentally equiped to win this war..., 1 Jan. 2015
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The story will possibly make you roll your eyes so hard you can see through the top of your head, but leave your brain at the door and you can enjoy an interesting take on "Groundhog Day vs WWII" with a main character who starts out completely unlikeable, and eventually becomes someone you can actually like and respect.

Tom Cruise plays the "hero" really well, you can tell they had a lot of fun with his gradual transformation from spineless manipulator to war veteran and everything in-between. Emily Blunt is also great as his grudging partner-trainer.

Some of the deaths on-screen will raise a smile and a very much inspired by Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, which is no bad thing.

The director really focussed on making everything in the film as grounded in reality as possible, with a WW2 look and feel, and the results are amazing. The aliens are new and interesting and the tech looks believable.

This film looks and sounds fantastic, especially in 3D which brings a great sense of scale and really draws you into the chaos of the action and combat.

This is one of surprise standout films of 2014 for me, even though the story is a little cliché.
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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
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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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