Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Film Review


Edge of Tomorrow is a film that’s based on a Japanese novel known as All You Need Is Kill, this clever science fiction action film is directed by Doug Liman. The film was surprisingly impressive, it wasn’t the typical action film it appeared to be and it seems the lack of interest may be because of that, or many people’s disliking of Tom Cruise.

In Edge of Tomorrow, the world has been at war against an alien species called Mimics for 5 years and it’s being sold to the public that humans are within touching distance of victory, however events don’t turn out how they’re meant to and an attack which takes place along the Normandy coastline goes wrong. The main characters William Cage (Tom Cruise) and Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) are among the troops sent in to fight for the United Defence Forces (UDF). William Cage is a cowardly Major in the Army who is sent to the beach against his will to fight against the Mimics, however the day starts again when he dies and they’re exactly the same.


Now obviously dying and then reliving the same day or being in a loop is not a new idea, and that alone is not what makes this film so good. The story is relatable and interesting, it makes you want to know and see more.  The fact that the main story is based on Cruise’s character looping back to the same day over and over sounds boring, but it’s far from it.

The films keeps the audience interested in what’s going to happen next and has a very good mixture of action and humour which can be something that’s hard to achieve. The story is nothing short of brilliant, it does have similarities to other films but not to an extent were you feel you’ve seen it before. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are both fantastic and make you feel like you’re on the ride with them. There aren’t many negatives for this film however there are times when it could be seen as a bit slow.

Tom Cruise shows why he is a top actor as his character develops and changes throughout the film. Due to the fact that he keeps repeating the same day you witness an emotional journey for Cruise’s character, and an interesting relationship that develops between Cage and Vrataski. Cruise and Blunt have great chemistry throughout the film and the story really supports that, the acting is believable from all actors in this film.


Edge of Tomorrow is most likely going to be one of the best films of this year and rightly so, I hope that the vast amount of positive reviews will lead to more people going to see it as it deserves a lot of praise. What is impressive is that although it’s a sci-fi film, it’s one of those that would still be enjoyed even if you’re not a huge fan of it.

Rating: 8.5/10

Edge of Tomorrow