One thing that has always annoyed me about film reviewers is their need to link the film being reviewed to other films. Yes, this can be a useful way to give a potential viewer a sense of the film, but so often films get linked in ways that annoy me.
I’m thinking about this now, having just watched Edge of Tomorrow. This sci-fi action blockbuster was repeatedly linked in reviews to the rather wonderful, schmaltzy, feel good comedy Groundhog Day. Okay the main character gets to live time over, but that’s the end of the similarities.
Groundhog Day is about becoming a better human being and the other film is about saving the world from an alien invasion. One is about reliving the same day and the other is about time resetting to the same point each time you die. One is slightly ‘hand of god’ in that there’s no explanation of why this man must relive the day over and over, and the other has alien blood to thank for the reset thing. Also, in Edge of Tomorrow, the protag isn’t the only character who’s experienced this.
So I don’t even think the Groundhog Day link does a good job of explaining the kind of movie you get with Edge of Tomorrow.
My favourite reviewer statement (used in more than one review) for Edge of Tomorrow, was that it was a cross between Groundhog Day and Independence Day. I’m sorry, but is that meant to sound like a movie anyone wants to watch?
So my review, for what it’s worth, is that this is a solid movie. A reasonably smart sci-fi plot, few time loop issues, good action, neat aliens and a satisfying resolution. Also, nice performances from Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.