Tom Cruise has been a staple in Hollywood for over three decades, and his performances have been consistently solid. One of his most underrated roles is in the science-fiction action film, Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman and based on the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Edge of Tomorrow is a thrilling ride that combines sci-fi, action and suspense in a way that few other films can.
Set in the near future, the film follows the story of Earth’s military forces combating an alien invasion known as the Mimics. Tom Cruise stars as Major William Cage, a public affairs officer with no combat experience. Following a disagreement with the commander, Cage is forcibly sent into battle with the United Defense Force (UDF) during a major invasion of France.
During the chaotic battle, Cage kills a rare Mimic known as an Alpha, but is also killed in the process. However, he wakes up the previous day, discovering that he has gained the ability to reset time each time he dies, meaning he relives the same day over and over again. The plot is driven by the mystery of why Cage is stuck in the time loop and how he can break out of it.
Cage encounters Sergeant Rita Vrataski, played by Emily Blunt, a renowned warrior nicknamed The Angel of Verdun for her successful battle against the Mimics. Vrataski recognizes Cage’s ability to reset time and trains him to hone his combat skills. Together, they plan to use Cage’s time-resetting abilities to locate and destroy the alien invasion’s central intelligence, the Omega.
As Cage and Vrataski learn from each iteration, they develop a bond and grow closer, while simultaneously making it their mission to battle against the Mimics. The film reaches its climax as they finally discover the location of the Omega, but at a great cost. Cage loses his time-resetting ability, heightening the stakes for the final battle. With determination, Cage and Vrataski both become the hero, by facing the Omega and successfully destroying it, saving humanity from the alien threat.
The visual effects in Edge of Tomorrow are a major highlight, seamlessly blending CGI with live-action sequences to create a believable world. The alien Mimics, designed by Framestore, are particularly impressive, with their fluid, tentacled forms and rapid movements. The exoskeleton suits worn by Cruise and Blunt also showcase the film’s commitment to originality and innovation.
Both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt deliver exceptional performances in Edge of Tomorrow. Cruise’s portrayal of Major Cage is dynamite, showcasing the character’s evolution from an inexperienced and unwilling participant to a resolute and skilled warrior. He convincingly conveys Cage’s fear, determination, and growing attachment to Vrataski.
Emily Blunt’s portrayal of Sergeant Rita Vrataski is equally impressive. Her character is strong and resilient, exhibiting both physical prowess and emotional depth. Blunt’s performance effectively humanizes Vrataski, who becomes more than just a skilled soldier, but also a genuine source of support and inspiration for Cage. The chemistry between Cruise and Blunt is a driving force in the film.
Edge of Tomorrow received positive reviews from both audiences and critics, who praised its fresh take on the science fiction genre, with a critic score of 91% and an audience score of 90%. The film was a box office success, grossing over $370 million worldwide.
The film received several award nominations, including a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Visual Effects and a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt’s performances were also recognized, with Cruise receiving a nomination for Best Actor at the Saturn Awards and Blunt for Best Actress at the Jupiter Awards.