EDGE OF TOMORROW | BLU RAY REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

EDGE OF TOMORROW is possibly the most underrated movie of the year and also one of ’s most underrated movies of all time. It appears the world has turned on him and no matter how good he is in a film or how good the film is he just does not make abundant box office returns anymore. And this is a HUGE shame because this film is bloody awesome!! And you know what else is awesome – the peeps at Roadshow Entertainment – who have given us 3 copies of the movie, on BLU RAY and in 3D. #EPIC WIN! EDGE OF TOMORROW is out now on all home entertainment formats – so if you don’t win – by it!! Find out how to win a copy after you suss Kernel John’s fine review from June. All the best……JK.

REVIEW FROM JUNE 2014

I got to watch footage for EDGE OF TOMORROW about 3months ago. It was about 30mins of this and 30mins of GODZILLA and it was the big lizard they were promoting as the drawcard at the footage screening. Hands down the footage for EDGE OF TOMORROW was miles ahead in awesomeness. I was stoked, but then the screening invite came along for this and I was already committed to a MALEFICENT screening so gave the ticket for this to Kernel John. MY GOD – WHAT A MISTAKE I MADE!!! Just as expected this film was a winner. I am so glad to see Mr Scientology on the rise to cinematic greatness again and even more happy that he is doing it with films. OBLIVION was awesome and this one looks more ballsy and can only be a winner in anyone’s eyes as his co-star. Anyways, enough of my babbling, you want the good stuff, the review by superb Salty writer, Kernel . Enjoy it below – it is rated M and runs for 113mins. May your popcorn always be salty…………JK.

 

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REVIEW BY JOHN MCPARLAND

It is meets WAR OF THE WORLDS! What is not to like? THE BOURNE IDENTITY’s Doug Liman directs this fantastic near future alien invasion epic. Starring Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) as Major William Cage alongside Emily Blunt (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA) as Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski, EDGE OF TOMORROW portrays the story of humanity’s struggle against extra-terrestrial invaders. It is based on the 2004 Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

The movie begins with 5 minutes or so of “historical” news reports that rapidly explain to the audience the film’s backstory. Specific details are glossed over, times and dates are ignored, and the how, when and why of it all are never mentioned. As an audience member you are not supposed to care about any of that, after all you came here for explosions! True to form enough plot is laid out to not leave me all confused when they drop me straight into the action, without being bogged down in boring minutia, or frustratingly interruptive mid movie flashbacks (and yes, I am aware of the irony of slamming the flashback narrative style in a film involving a time loop). This is how you do backstory people! You set up the basic structure of the past, have the film itself fill in the present, and let the audience speculate on all the bits in between. If you try to explain every detail of how we got here, or of how the physics of it all works, not only do you bore an audience, but 11 times out of 10 you will get something wrong, and fans and critics alike will pick your film apart because of it. Take Andrew Niccol’s IN TIME for example. Timberlake’s opening words to the audience are: “I don’t have time. I don’t have time to worry about how it happened. It is what it is.” BAM! But how do people stop ageing at 25, when did this start being a thing, what happens if you get your clock arm cut off, and at what point did humans have sex with glow worms to develop that crazy digital bling? Wonder about those points all you want, the movie will never tell you, and that is a good thing! If you want quantifiable empirical data on every aspect of life, become an astrophysicist or an accountant. The mark of a good film is one that allows you to suspend disbelief and immerse yourself in its world. Explain too much to me and I might start poking holes in your theories before the end of the first act. Give me just enough to get the lay of the land and consider my belief suspended!

 

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As for the opening, apparently a bunch of aliens known as Mimics had landed in the heart of Europe, handed humanity its own arse in every single engagement, and expanded exponentially, before we finally got our act together, developed mech-warrioresqe battle suits, and won our first skirmish in France. The hero of that battle was Vrataski, newly christened the Full Metal Bitch, who blew away more aliens than anyone else in the history of warfare and even survived to boot. Enter Cage as a media relations coward, capitalising on the recent victory to drum up recruits for the United Defence Force. His rank seems to be purely honorary, as Cage has never seen a day of battle in his life and freely admits that he acts as a promoter simply to avoid combat. Coerced by General Brigham (Brendon Gleeson of HARRY POTTER Mad-Eye Moody fame, beautifully channelling that Auror’s same gruff, take no prisoners attitude), Cage suddenly finds himself on the front lines of Earth’s massive all out counter attack to defeat the aliens once and for all. With only a day’s training under his belt, Cage lands on the beaches of France in a full scale assault that would make World War 2 D-Day planners proud, strapped into a battle suit locked down with a firing safety he was never taught how to disengage, clueless and scared out of his wits while trying mightily not to soil his pants.

And promptly gets killed.

Luckily, Cage manages to fumble his way into killing an Alpha, one of the Mimic commanders, getting covered in its gore, before the Major succumbs to the overwhelming tide of aliens. It would seem that this frightfully fortunate act imbues Cage with the ability to reset the day… by dying. Seems like a terribly high price to pay for this power, but c’est la vie. Cage wakes up roughly 24 hours earlier and is, predictably, lost and confused as to how he is still alive and why the date is now yesterday. His attempts to explain this situation to his hilariously uncaring superior, Master Sergeant Farrell Bartolome (wonderfully portrayed by Bill Paxton, most recently of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. fame), are met with ridicule and dismissal. Cage’s pleas and warnings are ignored; he is bundled into the troop transport for the start of the invasion (again), dropped onto the beach (again), and promptly killed (again). The rest of the film follows Cage as he tries to understand the new time loop ability he has been given while figuring out how to remove the safety from his weapons. He rightly assumes that the ability to shoot back at the enemy prolongs his time alive, though not by much. Eventually he meets up with Vrataski, who has a secret of her own. The two of them train together to increase Cage’s combat skills, using his knowledge of future events to try and plot a path of survival, with the ultimate goal of destroying the alien’s hive mind consciousness: the Omega.

 

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The film’s tagline is “Live. Die. Repeat.” and Cage gets a tremendous amount out of all three. His lives are full of training, alien battles, adventure, and discovery. The fact that he already knows what is about to happen, thanks to him seeing it in a previous life loop, makes some of Cage’s battle scenes truly epic. His fluid movements and tactics, his ability to shoot at an enemy before it appears, or dodge explosions that are yet to happen, make for incredibly enjoyable cinema. Cage is a man possessed, a lethal killing machine that cannot be stopped. Well, technically he is stopped, hundreds of times, but each death just gives him that much more information to go on for the next round. If a certain “zig” led to his death, he knows that next time he must “zag” instead.

Speaking of deaths, the majority of Cage’s are uproariously comical. Death by Mimic and death by Vrataski seem to constantly vie for the lead. Frustrated by any slack in progress, the Full Metal Bitch would prefer to put a bullet in Cage’s head to reset the day and allow them to take a different path, rather than work through the problem. The film also includes such classic moments as “death by miss timed rolling under a jeep while it’s in motion only to be run over instead,” and “death by having a giant flying troop carrying transport crash into you.” I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed watching Cage die. Love Cruise or hate him, this movie’s many death scenes will appeal to you no matter what.

The repeats, for me, deal more with Cage’s mental state. He is not just living the same day over and over, he is living the same war over and over. Seeing the same comrades’ fall, killing the same enemies, dying himself again and again, in an endless cycle that quickly seems futile. Cage suffers tremendously for each bit of knowledge gained after every loop and despite their plans, begins to question if he and Vrataski can ever win. Cruise’s performance in this regard is incredibly solid. After years and years of adrenaline-fuelled films, we all know that Cruise does action very well. It is nice to see this more heartfelt aspect of the story and Cruise does the character true credit in his portrayal. At one point Cage takes an entire loop off, ditches the battle and heads to a local bar for a drink to drown his sorrows in an attempt to escape from it all. I found this to be a lovely touch.

 

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Blunt’s performance is equally wonderful, though the characters are completely different. Vrataski is the epitome of her title, the Full Metal Bitch. She is hard, deadly and thoroughly uncaring of anything that hampers her mission. A Special Forces soldier to the core, Blunt’s portrayal is frightfully believable.

The fight scenes are beautifully choreographed and shot, a true credit to Australian cinematographer and Academy Award winner Dion Beebe (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA). The special effects, especially the depiction of the Mimics are fantastic. A cross between a MATRIX sentinel and a Transformer, seeing the aliens fight was like watching metallic lightning. Deadly efficient metallic lightning. Though the enemy is seen only in passing for most of its appearances, those moments left no doubt as to the frightening lethality of the Mimics.

Overall, this is a spectacular film, with an exciting premise brought to life through solid direction and magnificent performances. With amazing special effects and a good slew of comedy, EDGE OF TOMORROW is a fast-paced action epic that is sure to please.

 

KERNEL JOHN’S POP SCORE: 

4 Pops

JK’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

KERNEL ANDREW’S POP SCORE: 

4 and a Half Pops

 

With special thanks to ROADSHOW ENTERTAINMENT to win one of the 3x 3D BLU RAYS of EDGE OF TOMORROW you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to answer the following question. 

Firstly, just an FYI on how to increase chances of winning a salty comp; commenting on the review generally holds you in better stead of winning as opposed to just comp sexing :)

WHAT IS THE BEST TOM CRUISE MOVIE OF ALL TIME AND WHY? Mine would be a toss up between A FEW GOOD MEN, THE COLOUR OF MONEY or COLLATERAL.

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