‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Review on Nerd Bastards

edge-of-tomorrow_oneAlthough I don’t think they should have changed the title from the much cooler All You Need is Kill, the one used on both the original novel and graphic novel, Edge of Tomorrow was a great surprise. Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, the film manages to transcend its rather derivative premise of being a sci-fi Groundhog Day, and both actors deliver wonderful, out of character performances.

Indeed, Cruise and Blunt find their roles reversed in this; Blunt is the bad ass veteran fighter who’s a hero in the war against alien invaders, and Cruise is they guy she has to help use is new-found repeat powers to eliminate the extra-terrestrial threat. The idea of Blunt being an action star isn’t all that surprising, she was the original choice for Black Widow in The Avengers movies, but Cruise though really stretches here. We’re introduced to his character as a coward and someone completely ill-equipped for the heroics we typically associate with a Tom Cruise character in a Tom Cruise movie.

Although I didn’t get to it in the review, I also wanted to highlight the work of Bill Paxton in the film as Cruise’s hardened drill sargent. He’s certainly come a long way from his days as Pvt. Hudson in Aliens.

Check out my review of Edge of Tomorrow on Nerd Bastards.

About Adam A. Donaldson

When he’s not the main/only contributor to Guelph Politico, Adam A. Donaldson also contributes to GuelphToday.com as their city hall columnist and co-hosts a political and current affairs show on CFRU 93.3 fm called “Open Sources Guelph.” When not being political, Adam co-hosts the movies and pop culture show “End Credits“, and as a freelance writer he has contributed to various papers, periodicals and websites including Nerd Bastards, We Got This Covered, the Guelph Mercury, the Waterloo Region Record, Press+1, Lucid Forge, and Women’s Post. Adam was also named one of the Guelph Mercury’s 40 Under 40 in 2013 for his work with Ed Video Media Arts Centre.
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