There’s a lot to unpack once you’ve seen Edge Of Tomorrow, and I’ll be fully honest and admit it would take a second viewing for me to be sure I’m getting all the details right. But a few points worth touching on: Once it becomes clear that Rita had, and lost, the gift Cage has, their relationship gets really interesting, doesn’t it? It keeps deepening for him, while for her, he’s always this guy who has to explain himself to her, win her trust, and come up with a plan each time. And while I was generally on board with the film’s videogame-ish elements, I thought the explanation of how they finally take out the Big Bad was a little too beholden to fuzzy videogame logic. (“I’m connected to the bad guys, and therefore… anyway, let’s find the boss and blow it up.”) I did like the way the Mimics used false visions to throw the heroes off. That was a neat twist. Finally, this might be a good space to talk about the underlying themes. Without dwelling on the Groundhog Day comparisons too much, the way Cage keeps gets getting reborn, getting a second chance to make things right, and getting a little further each time thanks to past experience and wisdom feels a little, in Harold Ramis’ word, Buddhish, doesn’t it?
Edge of Tomorrow
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