A little while back I saw “Edge of Tomorrow/Live, Die, Repeat/what should have been All You Need is Kill” and I have to admit I rather liked it. I’d go as far as saying it was one of the best films I’ve seen in a while. It had a hell of a lot going for it, despite some story concerns I have. Let’s dive in.
First, if you’re not a Tom Cruise fan, then this it the Tom Cruise movie for you because you’re going to see him die. A LOT. In fact, this film is a bit different from your normal Tom Cruise movie I think. He plays a coward, and a fairly unlikeable character for the first part of the film. Like Groundhog Day, though, by the end he’s grown as a person. By the end of it, you realize this guy isn’t so bad. Or at least, he isn’t any more.
Actually, let’s get something out of the way before we go any further with this movie. It IS Groundhog Day but with an alien invasion. I sort of kept expecting them to hang a lantern on it and have someone MENTION Groundhog Day but it didn’t happen. I did though. Several times. That being said, it’s still a fun movie in its own right.
The movie is like a comedy of errors that still manages to hold on to the drama of the premise. The character scenes are fun and surprisingly deep and the battle scenes remind me of a Danny Boyle film. Especially once we get inland. The best part is this is that it works together as a cohesive story. The humor and the drama don’t clash and instead compliment each other and support it as a whole.
The problem I have isn’t really with the movie. It’s with the marketing. It kept coming off as a dramatic military version of that Bill Murray movie I’m tired of mentioning, but it’s actually quite funny. The fact that the studio wasn’t willing to go with the original Japanese title, All You Need is Kill, shows that they really didn’t know what to do with it. The changed the title to Edge of Tomorrow and then when it got released on DVD/Blu Ray they changed it again to Live, Die, Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow. Frankly, the whole story is so nuts they could have just stuck with All You Need is Kill and I would have got to see it based on that alone!
So yeah. If you haven’t seen it and were on the fence, I highly recommend it. It’s a fun romp with some deep thought and character.