Five Reasons You’ll Love It - May 30, 2014

Edge Of Tomorrow: Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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Edge Of Tomorrow: Five Reasons You’ll Love It

After the releases of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Godzilla and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it feels like we’re well and truly into the season of summer blockbusters. One of the year’s most anticipated is Edge Of Tomorrow, a huge sci-fi epic that’s cost almost $200 million and stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt as soldiers fighting a highly evolved alien race known as mimics. There’s one big ol’ twist though, Cruise’s character is killed in combat early on, but discovers that he’s caught in a time loop and must live the same day over and over again.

It’s big, it’s spectacular, we caught an early screening of it and have rounded up five reasons why we think you’ll love it…

 

The concept seems far too complicated, but it’s not…

A war against an advanced alien race, time travel, super soldiers, badass suits with physical enhancement capabilities, the concept of the film makes it seem like it’s going to be an endless stream of characters explaining things to each other, but, in reality, the exposition is actually dispensed with very quickly and the action takes centre stage. The concept makes the film sound very heavy, but actually, the film’s tone is refreshingly light…

 

The idea of repeating the same day again and again seems dull and jarring, but it’s not

At the outset the film sounds like some weird sci-fi version of Groundhog Dog, but with no Bill Murray. But, you actually get used to the concept quite quickly and it never feels repetitive and dull. Unlike films like Source Code and Vanishing Point, which had tried this approach with little success, this time out the time jumps don’t jar the film’s rhythm.

 

Epic sci-fi can be very humourless, but this time it’s not…

The worst sci-fi can be po-faced, bogged down with its mythology and pomposity and characters drowning in a sea of implausible dialogue. Even some of the more recent critically acclaimed blockbusters have been very low on comic relief. Edge Of Tomorrow is refreshingly full of laughs, making light of the time-travel confundery and the weirdness of the concept. It’s welcome light-relief.

 

Edge of Tomorrow
Edge of Tomorrow Doug Liman

Critics have said Tom Cruise is finished as a leading man, he’s not…

The A-Lister to trump all A-Listers, Cruise is on great form in this film. He starts life as a cowardly PR man and winds up as an ass-kicking super soldier. You’re with him every step of the way.

 

The action set pieces look huge and spectacular, they are…

One thing that was never in doubt was the sheer scale and power of the action set pieces and the film is full of them. The huge battle scenes on the beach are just jaw-dropping…

 

Edge Of Tomorrow is released into cinemas today (May 30th) and will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray later this year.

Thanks to Warner Brothers Pictures a purehmv member and a friend were invited to the UK premiere of Edge Of Tomorrow in Leicester Square. Join purehmv today to enter competitions and for access to exclusive events! 

Edge of Tomorrow - Official Trailer 1

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