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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 THEY SHOULD HAVE TRIED AGAIN!
I bought this having seen all the publicity when it was released at the cinema but not having seen the film before. Everone was saying how good it was. Personally, I have to admit to being rather underwhelmed. I won't bother going into the plot again, you can read the other reviews here for that, but what I will say is that, as you have perhaps already figured out for...
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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48 of 53 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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Marshall Lord (Whitehaven, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers and Saving Private Ryan, 28 Jun. 2015
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This is a top notch sci-fi actioner, which plays out like a fusion of Groundhog Day, Saving Private Ryan and Starship Troopers.
Tom Cruise plays Major William Gage, a fifty-something U.S. Army officer who has a desk bound job and no combat experience. He'd very much like to keep it that way. Earth is under attack from a hostile, predatory alien race called the Mimics, who have taken control of much of Europe and are now in the process of invading England (not too difficult to figure out what sparked that concept). The Mimics look like a mechanised hybrid of an octopus and a spider, not too dissimilar to the alien insects seen in Starship Troopers.
Earth's militaries have formed a coalition named the UDF (United Defence Force), to try to fend off the alien enemy. The paper-shuffling Major Gage soon finds himself press-ganged into armed combat on the frontline at a key battlefield on a beach in France. The Mimics have the power to control and repeat time, and Major Gage ends up in a Groundhog Day/Saving Private Ryan type situation, where he finds himself repeating the conflict on the beach and between the sand dunes, dying and then re-living the experience over and over again, as he tries to learn how to outsmart and defeat the remorseless alien foe.
Major Gage teams up with Rita Vratanski, played by Emily Blunt, who's a highly skilled and fearless warrior. As the couple learn from their fatal mistakes on the battlefront, they very slowly but surely keep getting closer to tracking down and destroying the queen alien...
This is a highly entertaining and extremely well executed sci-fi actioner. Tom Cruise provides his usual assured and likeable performance as the film's reluctant anti-hero, a character who becomes a better man as dramatic events unfold around him. Emily Blunt is excellent in the lead support role, she has very good screen chemistry with Tom and her warrior is a credibly clinical and ruthless soldier, far more believable than if she'd made her character shouty and gung ho (something which I suspect an actress like Michelle Rodriguez might have done).
The CGI is flawless, and although there's lots of it, it doesn't overawe the plot and characterisation.
All in all, this a very fast-paced sci-fi thrill ride, with stunning visuals, a dramatic film score, and engaging performances from the two lead actors and supporting cast. I'm not sure that I liked this movie quite as much as the wonderful The War Of The Worlds, but it comes pretty damned close.
Highly recommended.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live Die Repeat, 26 May 2015
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Live Die Repeat is a stylish sci-fi which handles its subject matter remarkably well without over complicating the story. In the vein of source code a reluctant soldier, played by Tom Cruise, is forced to relive a day in ferocious battle over and over again until he discovers a way of breaking this eternal loop.

It could have been messy. It could have been all over the place but actually it is a really well crafted movie. Effortlessly replaying the early scenes in such a way that they don't get boring or repetitive. In fact it uses these scenes to mine some unexpected humour from the situation again preventing this from being another dour depressing science fiction movie.

Emily Blunt is on fine form as a soldier who recently suffered the same fate as Cruise but lost her "power". She is ballsy and gutsy and gives the film a real bite. Meanwhile Cruise finds a comic touch to go with his normal action bravado. He is only outdone by an impeccable but small turn from Bill Paxton.

The action is great fun with an alien race that at least feels a bit different to the norm. The are almost unstoppable. The main action scene which is relived and kicks off the story is brutally grounded with an almost Saving Private Ryan feel to it. The scene is wonderfully played out with many different things going on and it is fun to see different strands of this battle played out in different ways the more Cruise's character remembers how it goes.

The effects are nothing notably special but are as good as any other blockbuster you will see but it is in the characters that Live Die Repeat really excels. This is a story grounded by its leading couple. It deftly avoids most clichés and lets you really invest in these characters. This has to be one of Cruise's better roles of late and is certainly one of Blunt's most fun.

The next natural step from the likes of Source Code and another gold star in the currently fashionable time travelling/twisting stories out there at the moment. Doug Liman is often underrated as the director who kick started the Bourne series. If there is any justice he will be rightly lauded for this fun sci-fi romp.
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good movie with amazing CGI, 28 Oct. 2014
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This is a story about planet earth being attacked by aliens and Major William Cage is forced into battle against his will. He has spent a lot of time doing PR to draft new soldiers for the fight. Once in the battlefield he kills a rare alien and its blood is spilled all over him and it puts him in a loop, which throws him back to where he started at the deployment base. In the beginning he is really surprised but later on learns that he has to learn from his mistakes if he wants to win the final battle. A really good movie with amazing CGI.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This isn’t Punxsutawney. This is genocide!, 30 Dec. 2014
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The Earth has been invaded by the Mimacs, a seemingly invincible alien species occupying most of mainland Europe and rapidly expanding their territory. Who ya gonna call? Certainly not Tom Cruise’s Major Cage, a cowardly PR man with no backbone. However, after annoying Brendan Gleeson’s General Brigham Cage finds himself in the middle of a fierce battle on the beaches of northern France. He doesn’t last long and is killed by one of these creatures. Inexplicably, he instantaneously wakes up in dear old Blighty exactly as he was 24 hours earlier. He may not know it then but he is mankind’s last best hope. Thus begins an exhilarating ride as Cage, with the help of Emily Blunt’s lethal army veteran, gradually realises that his ‘time loop’ reincarnations may give him an edge over these alien invaders. This film sees Cruise at his best as skilfully tight editing produces some genuinely funny moments. The action sequences and effects are outstanding. This is Groundhog Day SF style. Definitely one to watch.
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