Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, is a terrific summer movie. It leaps off from a seemingly derivative premise (Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers) to create excellent action sequences and a couple of solid characters. The script is surprisingly restrained, the alien enemies are unusual and memorable, and the whole film is funny — a lot more funny than the stern ad campaign let on.
A new set of concept art — well, an old set of art newly released to the public — doesn’t give much of a hint to the film’s sense of humor, but it does show off the evolution of the story’s aliens and tech designs. There are some great shots here of the flailing, lightning-quick Mimic aliens. And there are a few of the human soldiers tasked with preventing them from taking Earth as their new playground. While you may have seen the film’s powered exoskeletons in trailers and posters, you can now see how one early design might have transformed some of the human armor into something like the Batpod (above). See much more art below. Read More »
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Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow is out in theaters now and it’s one of my favorite films of the year (see Germain’s review here). But if you were like me and many other film critics, you might’ve found that ending to be a wee bit lacking on a variety of fronts.
Let’s talk about why Edge of Tomorrow had a terrible ending for an otherwise great film. SPOILERS follow.
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There is so much to like about Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow. An adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel All You Need Is Kill, the film takes sci-fi elements from The Matrix, Aliens, Starship Troopers, manga and more, and wraps them all up in a rewarding time travel conceit right out of Groundhog Day. Next, it builds upon that construct in a way we’ve never seen, managing to entertain with humor, action and suspense. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt both bring a grounded, confident charisma to their roles. and Liman’s direction mixes the biggest scope imaginable with beautiful, quiet, intimate moments. The film is almost amazing.
However, a few small but distracting issues – mostly derived from the script by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth - hold the film back from reaching its full potential. Still, even with those problems, Edge of Tomorrow delivers on its promise of a memorable, exciting and emotional sci-fi action film. Read More »
David and Devindra welcome Jeff Cannata to the /Filmcast! This week, we break down some new Star Wars news, plus Dave reports from the Seattle International Film Festival. Be sure to check out David’s interviews with the filmmakers behind Layover and Time Lapse.
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Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
In last year’s Oblivion, Tom Cruise wandered around a post-apocalyptic Earth that had been destroyed by battle with hostile alien forces. In this year’s Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise will be trying to stop hostile alien forces from destroying Earth in the first place — by destroying himself, again and again.
Which all sounds very grim for the character, but by all accounts Edge of Tomorrow has a sharper sense of humor than you’d expect. The action apparently isn’t too shabby either. Check out four new Edge of Tomorrow clips after the jump.
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Its that time of year again. Jeff Cannata (formerly of the Totally Rad Show, now host of NLB and DLC, and a frequent co-host of the /Filmcast) has thrown down the gauntlet, and once again challenged /Film to compete with him in what has become an annual tradition: the Summer Movie Wager. Every year in the past I would make a guest appearance on the Totally Rad Show for this segment, but with that show now disbanded we have taken on the job of hosting this contest on /Film.
This year the contest includes Germain Lussier, Jeff Cannata and myself in a game is to decide what will be the highest grossing films of the Summer. It’s a free-for-all; the person with the best score wins. But it isn’t just that easy — not only do the participants need to predict what 10 films will be the highest grossing films domestically, but we need to place them in order. After the jump you can watch the full episode of the show with our predictions.
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The second Edge of Tomorrow trailer is now online. Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, Doug Liman directs the time-traveling, sci-fi action film based on the graphic novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Think Groundhog Day meets Aliens. It’s out June 6. Check out the latest Edge of Tomorrow trailer below. Read More »
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We’ve long referred to Edge of Tomorrow, originally called All You Need is Kill, as “Starship Troopers plus Groundhog Day,” because Tom Cruise plays a guy thrown into battle against an alien force who is killed moments after he gets to the fight. But he doesn’t stay dead; instead he wakes up on that fateful morning of battle over and over again, and therefore has to fight and die over and over again.
That repeated last day turns out to be the chance for this guy to really become a soldier, as the extra lives mean that he can learn to fight and survive, with a little help from another warrior (Emily Blunt).
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