Edge of Tomorrow

INTRODUCTION

Edge of Tomorrow was a 2014 American science fiction action film, telling the story of a future Earth being invaded by aliens. The movie focuses on Bill Cage who is killed in the battle field but was caught in a time loop and is always sent back to the day before he dies. Cage then collaborates with the warrior Rita Vrataski in order to defeat the aliens. The film stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

PLOT

The aliens have invaded continental Europe and the military has made alliances with hopes of defeating the invaders. Major William Cage is assigned to participate on an assault but Cage refuses. He was then considered as a deserter and is assigned to the J Squad.

During the attack, Cage manages to kill an alien but he also dies. Then, he wakes up again but in the morning before the attack. No one believes that the attack will be sabotaged and thus, he repeatedly dies as he is caught in the time loop. Then, he encounters Vrataski on the battlefield, who realizes his ability.

When he wakes up again, Cages goes to Vrataski and the two start forming plans against the Mimics, whose queen is capable of turning back the time. They discover the planned attack of the invaders and the two try stopping them. However, Cage is heavily injured during the battle and his ability to reset time is lost.

The two continue trying to beat the aliens, and Vrataski eventually gets killed during their battle with the Alpha. Meanwhile, Cage is heavily wounded but he manages to drop a belt of grenades on the Omega.

Cage is about to die in a pool of the Omega’s blood but he wakes just before he gets arrested. Still a major, Cage goes to Heathrow and finds Vrataski, still alive.

PRODUCTION

Edge of Tomorrow was co-produced by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, along with other production companies, including 3 Arts Entertainment and Viz Productions. With a budget of $178 million, the movie was based on All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

Viz Media published the novel in the US and 3 Arts Entertainment optioned the novel. Dante Harper wrote the script and Warner Bros. bought it for $3 million in 2010.

Tom Cruise was asked to play the lead role after Brad Pitt decline and Emily Blunt joined him afterward.

Several writers were hired to rewrite the script. The film was shot at Leavesden Studios near London.

The actors had to wear heavy battle suits while filming, and Blunt trained for three months for her role.

The visual effects were handled by Sony Pictures Imageworks, RodeoFX, Autodesk Maya, CInesite, MPC, Framestore, and Prime Focus World.

RECEPTION

The movie was positively reviewed by critics. They applaud the use of humor in the movie, the designing of the aliens, as well as the actors’ performances. The premise involving a time is also a bit new. Meanwhile, some critics did not approve of the film’s ending. The film’s ratings on Rotten Tomatoes was 7.5/10 and 71/100 in Metacritic.