Worse than in Oblivion —if one could compare the two Tom Cruise sci-fi blockbusters— what could be an interesting theme ended up being ruined in a literal succession of plot holes, undeveloped character arcs, random failed twists, and a more than predictable ending, which, in order to make it all gather within a conventional blockbuster structure, fails to materialize the sake of the whole concept.
There aren't many Tom Cruise films I'd choose to play as a videogame (apart from "Cocktail", of course), but this is an ingenious morphing of movies into that trial-and-error terrain, although the premise masks some weak characterisation and a hazy backstory. But Emily Blunt is smokingly hot, and seeing Tom Cruise die multiple times will doubtless be satisfying for many people.
Trial & Error [defined as: repeated, varied attempts which are continued until success, or until the agent stops trying. It is an unsystematic method which does not employ insight, theory or organized methodology]
Well, least I can say is that I didn't expect to even want to watch that, but it turned out to be one of the best sci-fi films of these past couple of years. Groundhog Day + Starship Troopers + World War II. Very clever approach and highly entertaining.
Grand summer entertainment from director Doug Liman and star Cruise. This science fiction/war film hybrid is indeed 'Groundhog Day' on steroids but is one enjoyable thrill ride from start to finish. Cruise could play this character in his sleep; its Emily Blunt who really impresses here with this against type turn. Effects are quite good (if derivative) and film is well shot by Dion Beebe. Well worth a watch.
The references to wars past are fascinating -- Brendan Gleeson's character is clearly Winston Churchill, and Operation Downfall bears striking similarities to Operation Overlord. The grunts of the camp and their commanders are right out of "Full Metal Jacket" or "Platoon." Even in the spectacular universe Doug Liman and company have created, war hasn't changed; and we keep reliving the same war, over and over again.
Edge of Tomorrow is a surprisingly well-calibrated time-bending sci-fi journey into the alien battlefields of tomorrow. Aside from the very annoying fact that every frame is drenched in the orange & teal "action" color scheme that has comprised every other blockbuster film movie made in the last 5 to 10 years, its hard to otherwise find much to complain about.