Movie Review – Edge of Tomorrow (Live. Die. Repeat.)

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I love Groundhog Day stories and I’ve been looking forward to this movie since the first time I saw the previews. I was *hoping* it would rank as one of the classic Sci-Fi movies. However, I expected it would just be a good movie that might be worth rewatching again a year from now.

I didn’t get what I hoped for, but at least I got what I expected. It was exciting, intelligent, and had a romance that never felt forced.

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I’m really impressed with the writers. Most notably Christopher McQuarrie who wrote *The Usual Suspects*. Sci-Fi is littered with stories that either make things up as they go along, or rely on overly complex rules that are hard to follow. *Edge of Tomorrow* hits the sweet spot. The “rules” were clearly expressed, without heavy handed exposition, and they stuck to them. We respect that, especially in science fiction genre fiction.

The action and special effects were well done and fit into the story nicely without over doing it. The beach scenes were especially well done, capturing the confusion and chaos of the battle.

If there’s one place I think the movie could be improved, it would be with the relationship development between the main characters. I know what they were aiming for, but think they needed another 10-15 minutes of movie to really flesh out some of the nuances, instead of relying on a short montage.

There were plenty of humorous scenes to keep it lively and entertaining. Another thumbs up to the writers, and especially Tom Cruise for his comedic timing. Tom is so incredibly versatile that we don’t know why we’re even surprised anymore.

Also, seriously: Emily Blunt is the find of the century.

Grade: A 

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