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In less serious film viewing

We brought home Edge of Tomorrow from Redbox last night and vegged out watching it, and it was pretty fun, the way time-reset films can be (for me at least), though we kept shouting suggestions at the screen that the characters were too dim to take, and though we had arguments about better ways to end the movie.

Has anyone seen it? I had never heard of it, but the healing angel assures me it played in cinemas and everything.


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Nov. 23rd, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
Never heard of it! But then I don't hear of a lot of things.
Nov. 23rd, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
You should read the book instead, All You Need Is Kill. I think you'd like it better.
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Nov. 23rd, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed it a lot. I have a huge thing for Groundhog Day type stories, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much of a hilariously awful person Tom Cruise was at the beginning. I also liked the female lead, and that her importance was NOT being a love interest.
Nov. 24th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, I liked her overall competence and that she continued to play an active role even after the Tom Cruise character got up to speed.
Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
I saw this in the theaters and came out a little blown away. I mean, it wasn't perfect, or entirely original, but it really did a lot with the concept. And it accomplished something huge -- it made me forget the lead actor was Tom Cruise. Since I have tended to avoid him in recent years, this was a big deal to me. I also loved the fact that it took a coward to win the war -- his character growth was the key to everything.

It's also interesting to me that Emily Blunt is now in three science fiction films that I quite liked: The Adjustment Bureau (my favorite of the three), Edge of Tomorrow, and Looper, which also had some problems/holes but which I found compelling anyway).

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Nov. 24th, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
It did do a lot with the concept! I was talking about it with my son, and we were agreeing that, like with Groundhog Day, it explored lots of aspects of the scenario without overdoing it.
Nov. 24th, 2014 01:58 am (UTC)
I saw it on the plane over, and I quite liked it. I like the way they explored the central idea from different angles and how Tom Cruise's character doesn't just flip from coward to hero, but instead has to make a long journey with lots of temptations and backslides. From a technical point of view, I also like the way they made the final day so poignant, because after seeing the same characters die again and again and again, this time it was for real because there were no more resets.
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree with you on all points! And I liked the complication, which the woman brings up, of the fact that he gets to know her fairly well over the many many resets, but she only gets to know him for a day each time. Reminded me of Fifty First Dates a film that (to my mind) was waaaay more profound than its premise and marketing let on.
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Nov. 24th, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
I find that fascinating too, and I'm not even a film major! One of the first times I noticed it to think about was in an episode of Star Trek TNG, where there's a time loop of a poker game. I *noticed* how the camera was playing on details and thereby increasing tension, and how it managed to repeat the scene without it getting exasperating.
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Nov. 24th, 2014 07:51 am (UTC)
, though we kept shouting suggestions at the screen that the characters were too dim to take, and though we had arguments about better ways to end the movie.

How would you have ended it? I am entirely indifferent to spoilers.
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
Briefly, the scenario is that the aliens are actually one alien, a sort of colonial being, and its brain element has the ability to manipulate time: if you kill one of its higher-functioning elements, then it triggers a time reset of a day. If you get one of these higher-functioning elements' blood on you, then you take on that same power, and if *you're* killed, you reset the day.

The main character has the power for most of the movie, and the secondary main character used to have it. You can lose it if you get a blood transfusion. By the end of the movie neither of them has it anymore, so if they die, they die for good. But of course they're going to sacrifice everything to destroy the brain of the alien. And they do it, and it looks like they're both dead, but then the main character has the brain's blood on him and lo and behold, time is reset--only in this reset, the alien has already been defeated (? because for some reason in this case his action reaches backward in time?) So the last scene is him going to, yet again, strike up a friendship with the secondary main character (who doesn't remember any of their adventures because time reset).

The healing angel wanted them both to die; he thought that was more honest and that the ending would be satisfying because the alien would be destroyed and you'd know they'd accomplish their purpose. I thought that would be a little hard to take and didn't mind the fact that getting the brain's blood did something to the hero, but I wanted it to be more ominous--like somehow now he's going to become like the alien.

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Nov. 24th, 2014 09:30 am (UTC)
I've heard of the movie but haven't had enough persuading feedback to watch it. I think it's time for me to check it out.
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
I thought it was pretty entertaining in an undemanding way, so yeah, I'd say go for it!
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
I picked up a copy of the book at an airport but bogged down 1/3 of the way in and never finished it. [got two losers on the same trip, lesson- come with books!] I used to always finish books unless total trash, but at the present age, and situation, I have too many other things to do. A book has gotta get me hooked before the 1/3 point.

It may have been beginning to develop at that point, but TOO LATE, dood!
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
Haha, I feel the same way about books these days, I have to say.
Nov. 25th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
I did not like the way that ended, but it had some arresting moments in it.
Nov. 25th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
I'm curious: how would you have liked it to end? See my response in sovay's thread above for my own ideas, and my son's.
Nov. 25th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Well, now I know what I'm watching tonight. ish.
Nov. 27th, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
Did you see it? What did you think?
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Nov. 26th, 2014 07:01 am (UTC)
Yup, saw it at the movies this summer, enjoyed it too.
Nov. 27th, 2014 03:25 am (UTC)
I had completely missed hearing about it. A nice surprise.
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