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Robservations: Edge of Tomorrow! (My Favorite Move This Summer! Ok, maybe it’s tied with Guardians of the Galaxy…)
September 22, 2014

No you’re not dreaming. I’ve written another Robservation…and it didn’t even take me a year to do it! You’re welcome 🙂

It’s almost fall and I am already starting to miss my favorite season of the year, summer. I love summer for many reasons. There’s grilling, boating, watching baseball and enjoying the warm weather which is particularly beautiful in Minnesota (Tim would say: “You know there are places that are like this year round”…hater…). But one thing that tops the list is all of the action-packed films that the studios wait to release until this wonderful time of year. My favorite action film released this summer has to be Edge of Tomorrow (I may have written this before I saw Guardians…but it’s still super awesome!)

I’d like to start out by saying that I had almost no expectations for Edge of Tomorrow. The last couple Tom Cruise action movies (Oblivion, Jack Reacher) didn’t do a whole heckofalot for me (Yes, I made heckofalot a word…And I like it.). With that said, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this film.

In EOT, Earth has been invaded by Aliens that are quickly taking over the planet. A pretty boy PR officer, Bill Cage (Cruise), who has zero combat experience gets thrown into battle against his will by General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson). While fighting it’s discovered that every time he fails he is able to restart, as if he were in a video game. As he relives the same day over and over he befriends Special Forces heroine, Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), to train him to fight the all-powerful Aliens. That is where the fun begins!

Edge of Tomorrow was blessed to have veteran action movie director, Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs. Smith), calling the shots. The screenplay was written by Christopher McQuarrie who won an Academy Award for brilliantly writing The Usual Suspects. While Keyser Soze never makes an appearance in EOT, it’s still cleverly written. He may have taken some ideas from Groundhog Day and Source Code but McQuarrie makes this an original piece filled with action, drama and some very refreshing humor. I am loving the current trend of funny action movies and hope that trend continues for a very long time.

All of the actors in this film give fantastic performances. Tom Cruise shows why he gets paid the big bucks in this one. After watching EOT it would be hard for me to picture any other actor playing his role. He was able to take an unlikeable character and have you rooting for him in the end, which shows he is clearly one of the better actors out there today…I didn’t know what to expect from Emily Blunt who takes on the bad-ass role of Rita Vrataski with stride. I’ve only seen her as the charming, attractive love-interest before and it was fun to see her as a rude, macho warrior…Another actor who was pretty awesome in this film I have yet to mention is Bill Paxton. He doesn’t play a big role, but he provides some serious comic-relief playing Master Sergeant Farell. As Cruise keeps reliving the same morning over again, Paxton is there having to repeat his lines over and over and every time you’re left wondering how he is going to change it up. I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve enjoyed Bill Paxton this much…Lastly, Brendan Gleeson plays the no-nonsense, tough as nails General Brigham. I don’t think this was a big stretch for him as he often plays this sort of gruff character in most films, but he’s still very good and very believable. Gleeson consistently puts out tremendous performances and in my opinion is quite underrated.

I’m genuinely surprised that Edge of Tomorrow wasn’t a giant blockbuster smash. From what I’ve seen there’s been nothing but positive reviews from critics and viewers alike, but for some reason it did not see the same success as some of the other summer action films. My guess is that the studio relied on Tom Cruise’s name alone and didn’t spend the kind of money required to make it a giant hit, while poorly reviewed action movies like Transformers: Age of Extinction spent a boat-load and saw positive results. It’s a shame that when people are genuinely wanting great action films to be released they don’t go to the theater unless they see 100 commercials for it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like EOT was some independent movie that didn’t make any money, I’m just surprised it didn’t make more of an explosion at the box-office. And I find it super lame that Michael Bay keeps making extravagantly bad action movies and keeps rolling in the dough. Sorry if you’re a big Michael Bay fan…for many reasons (awwww dang…just burned some Michael Bay fans…although I am a sucker for some Armageddon…and my boys The Filharmonic sang the hit song from that movie on The Sing Off…which relates nothing to this review at all…so I will stop talking about it…now)

As you can tell I clearly enjoyed this movie a whole heckofalot (did it again…still liking it). So much so that I am going to give it a 5 out of 5 stars! I can’t think of any real complaints, so why wouldn’t I give it a perfect score? By the time I actually got around to writing a review for Edge of Tomorrow it was already long gone from theaters, but I recommend renting it on iTunes or Redbox or OnDemand or however one rents movies these days. It’s definitely worth a viewing, I’m even going to go as far as buying it which is something I have not done in a long time. That way I can relive it over and over again, much like the characters in Edge of Tomorrow are forced to relive that day over and over again. See what I did there? Man I’m clever. You just got Robserved.

P.S. I don’t know if any of you are Saved By the Bell fans, but there was something posted on the internet that cracked me up. Whoever came up with the idea to put the Saved By the Bell: The College Years theme song in the Edge of Tomorrow trailer is a genius and I think it’s hilarious:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9J76R3evAE.

– Rob

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