EDGE OF TOMORROW Review

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In almost every action movie, the hero never dies.  If he does die, he’s always alive at the end.  He is immortal by default.  Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow provides a sly commentary not only on the action genre, but also touches on notions of destiny, providence, choice, and sacrifice.  However, its most intriguing aspect is how it aligns with the career of its ageless, persevering star.  Tom Cruise is the eternal action star, who is both dominant in and yet trapped by his career circumstances.  His captivating performance in Edge of Tomorrow is both reflective and fresh as he doesn’t distract from the fascinating, exciting film, but his presence gives an extra pop to a film that will bring you back for repeat viewings.

The Earth is under attack by aliens known as “mimics”, so named for their ability to quickly adapt and even anticipate our counterattacks.  Although humanity was able to score a big victory thanks to soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who was able to take down 1,000 mimics, the plan is to stage massive strike to wipe out the enemy in one fell swoop.  Major Bill Cage (Cruise), a callow, media relations officer, is demoted and forced into service.  During the battle, he sacrifices himself to take down a mimic, and as Cage is dying, he absorbs some of the creature’s blood.  It allows him to keep returning to the day before this incident no matter how many times he “dies”.  After finding Rita, she reveals the same thing once happened to her, and that the ability is the key to defeating the mimics.

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Groundhog Day is the easiest comparison since both main characters are stuck in a time loop, but a more appropriate comparison for Edge of Tomorrow is the 2011 film Source Code, which features a protagonist who must die again and again in order to complete his mission.  Groundhog Day features a different set of existential challenges since there’s no explanation for Phil (Bill Murray) reliving the same day nor does he have to die in order to do so.  Although the mimic’s blood is a useful plot device, providing the weight of death in a sci-fi/action movie gives Edge of Tomorrow a unique perspective.

Because we understand Cage’s ability and mission, Edge of Tomorrow is always at war with its own certainty as well as the certainty of the genre.  Cage knows he can learn from his deaths, and although he doesn’t particularly enjoy dying, it also gives him a godlike power.  Death is what gives meaning to our lives, so the story has to give Cage a purpose as well as a new meaning that will free him from the cowardice and selfishness he displays at the beginning of the movie.  The film is always trying to find the right balance of vulnerability and invincibility, and that means providing Cage’s mission with dead ends even if he can’t die.

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One of the remarkable aspects of Edge of Tomorrow is how it’s always threatening to become stale but remains surprising.  There’s a videogame aspect where characters use terms like “Game over” and “Let’s reset”, and they could easily undermine the life and death stakes.  A game like Super Meat Boy, which is about making sure your character doesn’t die horribly as he makes his way to the end of the level, is fun, but doesn’t have much in the way of emotional investment.  Edge of Tomorrow finds its emotional center by giving Cage something, or rather someone, to live for: Rita.

Although Rita lost the ability to time loop, she’s the only one who understands Cage’s predicament, and forces him to become her equal and share her values.  When Cage tells her he’s not a soldier, she replies, “Of course you’re not.  You’re a weapon.”  Cage has to build past this dehumanization by convincing a woman who hardly knows him how much he cares for her, and how her safety becomes more important than his own.  Rita makes saving the world into something more personal and adds some of the movie’s key moments of humor as she takes it upon herself to casually murder Cage over and over again.  He has infinite lives, but he always “awakens” in a state of shock.

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The dark comedy is another way Edge of Tomorrow uses its premise to skillfully play with the tone as it can’t completely ignore the fact that Cage’s life is now somewhat cheap even though his reset ability is invaluable.  The combination of Liman’s direction, James Herbert‘s editing, and the screenplay from Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth superbly balances both the comedy and the drama.  The comic timing in particular keeps the movie upbeat and becomes crucial at the moments where the movie starts to sag.

We’re always pushed just far enough to where we’re wondering how far Cage has come and where his previous experience ends.  The time-loop device gives the movie a brilliant out where it never has to worry about plot holes.  Cage always knows as much as he needs to know, and rarely deals with any minor impediments in his task.  If he needs to convince someone to do something, all he has to do is display intimate knowledge of that person’s life or point out an imminent event such as someone about to perform a specific task.  And yet the movie never loses its energy despite Cage coasting through potential conflicts.  Again, there are so many places where Edge of Tomorrow could go wrong, but Liman keeps us on our toes by throwing us little twists and turns.

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Edge of Tomorrow is easily Liman’s best non-indie film.  The Bourne Identity is a series that didn’t become good until Paul Greengrass‘ two sequels, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, while enjoyable enough, lacks an ending (the less said about Jumper, the better).  Edge of Tomorrow has the director firing on all cylinders.  The knack for comedy he displayed in his indies Go and Swingers, is on full display, the action is fluid and dynamic, the mimics look terrific, and he never forgets the dramatic stakes.  It also doesn’t hurt that the lead character is perfectly cast.

In an interview last year on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Stewart remarked that he and Cruise were both fifty even though Cruise looked so much younger.  Starting out as a baby-faced actor helps, but Cruise has never lost his youthful vigor.  Even in his worst films, his energy is undiminished, and even if the performance doesn’t click quite right, there’s never any doubt he’s giving 110%.  All successful actors have their various talents, and Cruise is adept at giving everything he has to keep the audience entertained.

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As Amy Nicholson wisely pointed out on her excellent piece regarding Cruise’s career, public opinion has apparently dissuaded the actor from taking on riskier work.  His last daring project, War of the Worlds, a dark 9/11 parable in the guise of a summer action flick, came at the same time when he was recast in the public eye as mentally unstable, and so he’s shied away from more challenging films like Eyes Wide Shut and Magnolia.  Four of his last five movies have been action-oriented, and while he’s one of the best at doing these kinds of popcorn flicks, they’ve also become a bit of a trap.

The plot of Edge of Tomorrow does provide a bit of parallel to Cruise’s career.  Even though the role was written to take a 51-year-old actor down to the level of a recruit, Cruise makes it work perfectly as he taps into the fear and confusion of a person half his age.  Watching Cage grow into a calm, collected, battle-hardened hero is like watching a condensed version of his career but with the added dimension of fear.  The Cruise of Top Gun and the Mission: Impossible series are confident men of action from the moment they walk on screen.  Cage may be cocky when we first meet him, but his cowardice is quickly exposed, and Edge of Tomorrow provides a new journey as we see a Cruise action-hero gain his confidence throughout the picture rather than briefly lose it midway only to regain it at the film’s climax.

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His latest film accommodates him perfectly as it does almost every other single element.  Edge of Tomorrow is always on the edge of imploding.  It could have been killed by repetitiveness, an invincible hero, an old actor in a familiar role, gimmicky action, and misusing the premise.  Thankfully, Edge of Tomorrow never has to learn from its mistakes since it hardly makes any.  It’s always vibrant, humorous, thrilling, and surprisingly thoughtful.   I look forward to going back again.

Rating: A-

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  • Person

    Awesome, really hoping this turns into a big hit for Tom Cruise. A- is encouraging.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Say what you want about Cruise’s personal life, but the guy is a beacon of hope for non-franchise action/sci-fi films like these getting off the ground.

      • Person

        Preach. I’ve always been a big fan, and I’ve really been pulling for him to have a big commercial hit outside of Mission Impossible – hopefully this will be it.

      • World’s Finest Comments

        Ditto.

      • kw

        Oblivion was amazing!

      • eternalozzie

        Oblivion was terrible … Cruise just plays himself in all his movie and has zero depth

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        Yes. His calm murderer from Collateral is exactly the same as his misogynist with daddy issues in Magnolia and they’re both in line with the Hollywood producer parody from Tropic Thunder as well as the grieving father from Minority Report who is very similar to the defense attorney out of his depth in A Few Good Men.

      • Person

        They’re also carbon-copies of his doctor character from Eyes Wide Shut, his portrayal of a disabled Vietnam veteran in Born on the Fourth of July, his newly enlightened sports agent in Jerry Maguire, and his level-headed ass-kicker from Jack Reacher.

      • eternalozzie

        I had forgotten about Tropic Thunder … the one variation from his norm.

      • Grayden

        I think what you’re trying to invoke by saying he plays the same character in every role is something people misattribute to Cruise. Cruise has become the “characters”, in a way he’s transcended being Tom Cruise the actor, and has become Tom Cruise the celebrity character. Even though his catalog of roles is diverse, he’s been typecast by society as himself. Tom Cruise plays Tom Cruise in every role because that’s who Tom Cruise is. That is to say, he doesn’t get cast in a role, instead the role is created for him.

        People think Tom Cruise does everything his characters do because his roles are so memorable and that is due, in part, to his dedication he throws into every role. Whether the movie sucked or not, he puts everything he’s got into it. Like him or not, no one else has achieved that level of celebrity. For good or for ill.

      • eternalozzie

        no … exactly what I am saying: he has almost NO acting range what so ever and plays the same 2 dimensional character over and over again just like Will Smith and Will Ferrell who also play themselves in almost every movie they are in.

      • Grayden

        I take it you never saw ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ or ‘Seven Pounds’ then? Or ‘Everything Must Go’? Or even Sandler’s excellent ‘Punch Drunk Love’?

        Regardless if the films were successful or not, they are all roles that the actors played against their norms. Your assertion holds little weight.

  • Doug_101

    This movie was fantastic. In my review, I called it “the ultimate video game film,” which in this case was a compliment. It really has the feel of living through a video game, but not in the disparaging way that people write off some CGI-heavy films. Cruise and Blunt are great, as is the humor throughout. 3D didn’t really add anything for me, so when I see it again, I’ll be seeing it in 2D. A- is the perfect grade for this one.

  • JK1193

    Very excited about this indeed. Was a huge fan of Oblivion, Cruise’s last film, but felt that it was largely underrated last year. So, I’m very surprised and thrilled that his new film is getting raves left and right. Say what you want about the guy, but his films are always entertaining. And as a plus, Emily Blunt as a badass heroine, always welcome.

    • rad

      Oblivion is flawed but awesome! Definitely deserved more credit than it received. This film seems headed for the same trajectory.

      Its a shame that blockbusters don’t really seem to exist anymore unless they are being released while attached to some type of franchise name. Star Power really doesn’t even matter anymore when it comes to box office.

      • Munier Sharrieff

        Love me some OBLIVION as well. A huge leap from the directors previous film TRON: LEGACY. Looked awesome, moving score and a soul.

      • Andrew Sanders

        Oblivion was a great movie with a superb soundtrack,…it’s a shame it didn’t get the box office returns it rightly deserves.
        As for Edge Of Tomorrow,…I saw it yesterday.Also,a terrific film although there were a brief couple’a times it felt like a slog,…I guess that may be down to the time-loopy mechanic.
        I don’t feel the urge to catch it again(at the cinema)but will def be picking it up on Blu-ray/dvd on release.

      • yuco

        I actually didn’t realize that Oblivion scored so poorly with critics actually – 54% rotten tomatoes- most just had issues that it borrowed ideas from other movies which is just bizarre logic- almost all comic book movies really follow the same mold- 2/3rds of a story and then 1/3 kill/ capture bad guy ending- i’m actually really sick of comic book movies for that reason and would take a movie like oblivion over it any day.

  • rad

    “His last daring project, War of the Worlds”

    I don’t agree with that. Tropic Thunder was daring and it paid off. Rock of Ages was also daring and it failed.

    War of the Worlds has some great moments in it- and absolutely exquisite sound design but overall it is a Spielberg crowd pleaser that lacks an ending and it certainly doesn’t have much to do with 911. Yes there are moments of terror, and of course a line where Dakota Fanning asks her dad if the aliens are terrorist but beyond that there just isn’t a connection.

    • milo

      Yeah, WOTW seems more like his recent sci fi projects than something daring. Tropic Thunder was definitely a risky movie but Cruise wasn’t the lead, he had a very small part in it.

      Good review but I really take issue with the comment that the first Bourne movie wasn’t really “good”. There’s an argument to be made that the sequels were better but the first one certainly wasn’t bad, and was well reviewed.

      • rad

        yeah- its inherently difficult for an action lead to be daring by nature- they are usually the rock in the film- I would love for Cruise to do some more supporting roles, Tropic Thunder and Magnolia really show what he can do when he doesn’t have to be the lead.

        That being said, I won’t usually complain about cruise’s performance as a lead anyways- while I enjoy ghost protocol, I go back and forth on his Ethan Hunt in that film- He might have said less words in that movie than Arnold did in T2, but I do absolutely love that he does bring a new version of Ethan Hunt every time he plays the character – that in itself is daring.

    • Person

      I’d even call Jack Reacher daring, just cuz it was such a throwback. Disappointed that it didn’t do better with domestic audiences, I honestly believe it’s one of the best pure thrillers and/or action movies to have come out in the 2010s. In a strong year like 2012, it still emerged as one of my favorites of the year.

      • rad

        You are right, it is a great movie- I really hope the proposed sequel happens. Cruise totally gave Pittsburgh props in the movie in ways that TDK gave Chicago and yet oddly enough TDKR was also filmed in Pittsburgh and all those parts felt generic.

  • opinionated asshole

    Tom Cruise retains his mind each day, but his body is reset, so how come at the start of the film he’s barely able to walk in the suit and near the end he’s jumping through hoops with it, were did he gain the muscle mass to handle it? Good movie btw, I’d give it a B+, don’t see it having too much rewatchability though.

    • rad

      15 minutes ago you were just excited about it, but now you are saying you have seen it, i’m very confused.

      • opinionated asshole

        JK1193 said he was excited to see it, I saw it last night, its been playing in my country since last friday.

      • rad

        so you are JK1193 and there is another JK1193 on here as well? Just making sure.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        JK1193 is a very common name.

      • rad

        is there a reason? is it like tk421 or something? thanks

    • St. Jack

      If you learned how to play basketball, your body would be the same, but you could make three pojnters after 300 days of trying. A silly complaint.

    • NiceGuyVan

      You can’t walk well in those suits, not because of lack of muscles, but lack of control. If you know the technique to it its easy.

      They are not gonna make standardized suits for the thousands where every man counts against the aliens, that requires you to have muscles. It was more to do with your ability to handle the exoskeleton suit.

      On top of that, he was a fit man, and a officer rank, he must have gone true basic training before hand.

  • The Pop Pessimist

    Wow, I was shocked with happiness to see an A- at the bottom of this article so excited to it!!!!!!!!

  • Steven

    Hey Americans, go see the bloody film.

    • rad

      I agree- I will take a tom cruise film that he is passionate about anyday over a formulaic marvel film. If people don’t go and see this, we might be stuck with only franchise films and not many original property movies (despite this being from a book)

  • westpe

    Frankly astounded at the reviews this film is getting. The plot didn’t really make any sense – in particular the ending (unless I completely missed something) just didn’t make sense. Why did he get to repeat again? Yes, he was covered in Alpha blood again but the omega was already dead. As far as Tom Cruise’s performance goes, I thought it was same old, same old. There was a character arc but it was about 15 minutes long and from that point onwards he was ‘Tom Cruise action star’ for the rest of the film. Promising opening 30 minutes or so but ultimately just another Oblivion etc.

    • yuco

      I would take a flawed Oblivion any day over a formulaic Thor 2, Iron Man 2, Avengers, Amazing Spiderman, and so on.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        +1

        Oblivion was very imaginative. And the design was stunning.

        It has a Prometheus touch.

      • MJ

        Oblivion is perhaps the most underrated movie of this decade so far.

      • rad

        that or cloud atlas…

      • BigJimSlade

        Oblivion was terrible. Great looking, nicely designed, but terrible. The actual full-length movie has no more depth than the trailer.

      • rad

        I don’t see how it is terrible- there is nothing in it that makes it terrible at all- on the other hand the movie Walk of Shame, now that is terrible and there are reasons for it left and right.

      • rad

        depth…. what action film really has “depth” avengers, ha, no. SkyFall… EFF no. MI4, na. godzilla, no. Pacific Rim, def not.

        I think oblivion has just as much depth as some of those movies who a lot of people consider “good”-

        Cloud Atlas had tons of depth and everyone hated it, why would studios gamble on actually making people think. Studios have to cater to an audience that thinks Bieber is the devil for using the N word, while rappers can use it all they want. The majority of US moviegoers aren’t the people on movie websites, its normal every day uneducated americans-

        PS, def not trying to stand up for Bieber, just trying to illustrate how much of a disaster our PC media world is becoming. The use of the N word in a situation should be abolished.

      • rad

        depth…. what action film really has “depth” avengers, ha, no. SkyFall… EFF no. MI4, na. godzilla, no. Pacific Rim, def not.

        I think oblivion has just as much depth as some of those movies who a lot of people consider “good”-

        Cloud Atlas had tons of depth and everyone hated it, why would studios gamble on actually making people think. Studios have to cater to an audience that thinks Bieber is the devil for using the N word, while rappers can use it all they want. The majority of US moviegoers aren’t the people on movie websites, its normal every day uneducated americans-

        PS, def not trying to stand up for Bieber, just trying to illustrate how much of a disaster our PC media world is becoming. The use of the N word in a situation should be abolished.

      • MJ

        This from the Big Jim Slade fan. LOL

  • Bo

    Well, if anyone might by chance be interested in a different perspective on this movie you might try reading O’Hehir’s review at Salon.com. And for a really mature and intelligent review try Richard Brody’s at thenewyorker.com. Because…really…this review of Matt’s is as dumb as this movie…sorry…truth be told and all that! Always, always best to read different opinions and perspectives. Might, heaven forbid, learn something different from one’s current mind set. Just sayin’…

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

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    • bawdyvillain

      Great response to Brody’s review, which echoed my own when I read it:

      kiimo
      “This is without a doubt the most pompous, pretentious, humorless windbag I’ve seen in some time. This is a guy covered in dust at an old bookstore who loves movies like Lolita or Henry and June and absolutely turns his grey whiskered-nostrils up at crowd-pleasing “bad” movies like True Lies and Aliens. I’m pretty sure he smells like sour milk, pipe tobacco and urine and has an ex-wife who despises him.”

    • Abed

      Well, it’s currently holding an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, with most critics liking it. O’Hehir is the most pretentious reviewer I’ve ever read, and he never likes anything other people like, and the things other people like, he hates.

    • MJ

      Salon and The New Yorker….ELITIST FRACKING SNOB RAGS FOR THE EASILY-IMPRESSED TYPES WHO “THINK” THEY ARE INTELLECTUALS.

      Remember, the New Yorker said The Dark Knight and Star Wars stunk…LOL

      Just say no to the Manhattan group-thinkers.

      • Fraction Nation

        I can’t pretentious critics who can’t seem to enjoy any damn thing. Why are they even writing about films at all when practically nothing measures up? Not everything needs to be ponderous and self-serious to be good. I like this site’s reviews. They genuinely love movies and even when they have issues they provide a balanced view…

        http://electroshadow.com/may-movie-roundup/

      • Bo

        You may be labeling them pretentious because you don’t understand what they are writing about. If so, it might be to your advantage to attempt to remove your judgment from those that might just know more about films than you do and then read them with an open mind….and learn something. Why remain ignorant and judgmental? I read them…all of them including those on this site and others. Some I agree with and some I disagree with. Those that are very smart when it comes to film I appreciate, but I don’t have to agree with them or judge them as pretentious out of some low self-esteem insecurity place I’m in. I learn a lot, still, from reading really smart reviews. They have interesting points of view and perceptions. Again, I don’t have to agree, but I can also see their points and it’s cool. Good luck. Also, I find if someone really likes a movie reacting with anger at those that don’t they have some kind of self-esteem issure going on. Just a thought.

      • MJ

        No, he’s just not a know-it-all cynic like you and your Manhattan print media elitist heros.

        “The Dark Knight and Star Wars did stink!”

        You said it all with this statement. You have no credibility here now.

        And then:

        “You sound like a dumb redneck or something……I’d just rather be a bit more intelligent than that and I’m am…I have risen above that kind of ignorance”

        Trademark elitist-snob remarks. You are what you say.

        You need to find a corncob retraction technician to work on you, because that corncob is so far up your ass now that it has now hit your brain. By comparison, you are such an extreme snob, that you make people with average levels of anal-retention syndrome seem happy and fun.

      • Bo

        MJ, my man MJ…what’s to say? Trademark elitist-snob remarks? I broke out laughing out loud at that. Ya gotta big problem with people smarter than you, eh? Tough…learn to live with it…lol…
        it’s all so silly…isn’t it? Nah…you take it way too seriously…

      • MJ

        I love reading your posts, because the content of them just keeps proving my point about you OVER AND OVER AND OVER!

        LOL. Thank you!!!

      • Fraction Nation

        Bo, do you know exactly which pretentious critics I am referring to? No, the plain and simple fact is you do not. The other fact is, there ARE pretentious critics out there who just cannot seem to enjoy certain types of films. It’s easy to tell (at least for some of us) who those types are. Their analyses are fraught with biases that aren’t based on reasoning. I don’t have to name names because I don’t want to descend into a hair-splittingly pedantic debate with someone like you. And your assumption about me not understanding what they’re writing about as well as swipes at my self-esteem are laughable. Not to mention rude. I’m sure you still think your point is valid. In which case I will leave you to your precious thoughts. Good day, sir/madam.

      • Bo

        You may be labeling them pretentious because you don’t understand what they are writing about. If so, it might be to your advantage to attempt to remove your judgment from those that might just know more about films than you do and then read them with an open mind….and learn something. Why remain ignorant and judgmental? I read them…all of them including those on this site and others. Some I agree with and some I disagree with. Those that are very smart when it comes to film I appreciate, but I don’t have to agree with them or judge them as pretentious out of some low self-esteem insecurity place I’m in. I learn a lot, still, from reading really smart reviews. They have interesting points of view and perceptions. Again, I don’t have to agree, but I can also see their points and it’s cool. Good luck. Also, I find if someone really likes a movie reacting with anger at those that don’t they have some kind of self-esteem issure going on. Just a thought.

      • Bo

        Well, to each his own. Interesting response to smart and intelligent reviewers. Why such anger? And how do you know what other people think? Maybe they just are intellectuals. What’s wrong with that and why does it intimidate you? And by the way…The Dark Knight and Star Wars did stink!…lol…I mean, come on…it’s okay to watch and even like trash…but to not even know it’s trash? What a pity! And one with just a wee bit of intelligence knows how stinky poo-poo Star Wars is…and even the ridiculous Batman movies…a guy running around in a bat costume? Please….what’s the world coming to? Look, MJ…just havin’ some fun here. I’m glad you like these movies…it’s okay with me…some of us don’t…we think they’re dumb! So what? Don’t let it ruffle your feathers, man because when you go on like this above you sound like a dumb redneck or something…hope you ain’t, but that’s okay too…I’d just rather be a bit more intelligent than that and I’m am…that’s where I came from…redneck country…but I fled as soon as I had the chance and have risen above that kind of ignorance. Hope you enjoy the mad space alien believing Cruise and his new movie…lol..

      • MJ

        What are you doing on Collider then? Please go back to your uber-elitist web sites where you all think you are above everything else, and where people laugh at Star Wars and The Dark Knight.

        These aren’t the droids you’re looking for….move along.

      • Bo

        The problem with those of lesser intelligence is their inability to process views different from their own. Plus they attempt, and always fail, to control others and any situation they are in. The always fail is important here MJ because you simply cannot control others, certainly not me, and you do not have any control over who comes on Collider and why they do. Give it up, man…or keep losing over and over like Cruise does in this movie…lol…I think you’re addicted to the losing…

      • MJ

        “The problem with those of lesser intelligence…”

        YEA FOLKS, HE REALLY THINKS THIS WAY. Exactly proving my point.

        In the tradition of jerks in the past saying, “some of my best friends are ______ people”, I am just waiting here for Bo to say: “Some of his best friends are lesser thinkers.”

        LOL

      • Bo

        Well, to each his own. Interesting response to smart and intelligent reviewers. Why such anger? And how do you know what other people think? Maybe they just are intellectuals. What’s wrong with that and why does it intimidate you? And by the way…The Dark Knight and Star Wars did stink!…lol…I mean, come on…it’s okay to watch and even like trash…but to not even know it’s trash? What a pity! And one with just a wee bit of intelligence knows how stinky poo-poo Star Wars is…and even the ridiculous Batman movies…a guy running around in a bat costume? Please….what’s the world coming to? Look, MJ…just havin’ some fun here. I’m glad you like these movies…it’s okay with me…some of us don’t…we think they’re dumb! So what? Don’t let it ruffle your feathers, man because when you go on like this above you sound like a dumb redneck or something…hope you ain’t, but that’s okay too…I’d just rather be a bit more intelligent than that and I’m am…that’s where I came from…redneck country…but I fled as soon as I had the chance and have risen above that kind of ignorance. Hope you enjoy the mad space alien believing Cruise and his new movie…lol..

  • Jean Ito

    GOOD MOVIE

  • DEADP00L

    I went in with a very unhappy 8 year old ( we had just watched maleficent ) and when we got out we were both beaming. After that horrible experience seeing this movie wasn’t so bad.

  • The Flobbit

    A touch too many spoilers in this review. Some of us actually want to save things for the theatre, but read a critical opinion as well. Sigh…

    • Shawn T. Nicholson

      Then check rotten tomatoes. Reading a review will give away spoilers as they weigh the pros and cons of the film and give an overall score. RT gives you the overall score without having to be spoiled by extra content. Read the full reviews AFTER you have seen it if your gonna complain about spoilers. BTW, review is spot on, this film nails it!!!

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      If you’re going to be that touchy about “spoilers” (there’s nothing here that isn’t shown in the trailer), then don’t read reviews until after you’ve seen the movie.

      • The Flobbit

        How about Cage’s blood getting soaked with mimic blood? For that matter, the word mimic. To continue: Rita Vrataski having the same thing done to her?

        I understand the premise of the film has to be spoiled, but some people want to read a review (to judge a film’s potential quality) and save the surprises of the theatre.

        I’m not being touchy, merely reasonable. Your suggestion is, quite frankly, absolutely impractical. Why in hell would someone read a review after they watched the movie?

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        So they could look at the reviewer’s thoughts and begin a discussion. Instead, you’re whining over the most minor plot points.

        This isn’t consumer reports. You want an evaluation of a movie minus talking about the movie? Go to Rotten Tomatoes.

      • Sweet Pea

        Or skip to the last summary paragraph and use the grading as an indication of the review, as I always do, Matt knows wha gwan… (I genuinely did that for this too, as I want to see it and wanted to see what you thought, see those grades are just as useful as the words for some of us me old mucker)…

      • eternalozzie

        yeah … if you’re scared of spoilers don’t even leave your house … unplug the internet … take the battery out of your phone … life is spoilers. You can’t review a movie without talking about the movie.

  • GunzOfNavarone

    Finally, a Goldberg review I can rally behind, agreed with every aspect. I thought it was great.

  • GunzOfNavarone

    Finally, a Goldberg review I can rally behind, agreed with every aspect. I thought it was great.

  • Cpt Rex Kramer

    The film’s a blast. Definitely a must see film. One of the better ones this year.

  • Cpt Rex Kramer

    The film’s a blast. Definitely a must see film. One of the better ones this year.

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