As Tom Cruise gets ready to sprint into theaters with Mission Impossible: Fallout, it’s worth pregaming with his last really great non-MI film: 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow. Cruise certainly has his offputting personal qualities, but you can’t say the man doesn’t show up to a film set with unrivaled energy. The best roles he’s had blend his affinity for absurd physicality and character work. Cruise, unlike a lot of action stars, actually can act. He may have stopped going for Oscar-type roles, but he’s better than his recently dreary The Mummy or the Jack Reacher duology. Edge or Tomorrow (or Live. Die. Repeat depending on which title you prefer) provides Cruise with the best time travel gimmick since Groundhog Day and a character that plays against his type.
Cruise’s character is EoT isn’t a hero, he doesn’t want to fight, and he starts out as kind of a coward. The “Cruisian Superhero” tropes that Tom usually leans on aren’t anywhere to be found in Doug Liman’s film. Until his character begins his time loop, there isn’t much redeemable in this character. Once he’s trapped, though, he has to go through to get out. Going through, however, in this case, requires a lot of dying. There are some interesting theories on how much time Cruise actually spends trapped in his loop during the film. He dies (resetting his loop) 16 times on-camera in Edge of Tomorrow, but the implication is that’s just a fraction of his journey. Estimates on the IMDB boards on his time looping duration range from 100 days to 1,000 days to 10 years. As he spends more and more time buffing out the dings in his temporal prison, he becomes more and more redeemable and the time forge ends up pounding out one of Cruise’s best and most unlikely heroes by film’s end.
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week brings Tom Cruise and another remake in to close out a weird September that’s been dominated by a clown.
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The last time Tom Cruise worked with director Doug Liman, the two teamed for the 2014 hit Edge of Tomorrow (which has subsequently been retitled “Live, Die, Repeat”). A sequel to Edge of Tomorrow, which is supposed to be both a prequel and sequel to the original film is in the works, and Emily Blunt is expected to return. In the meantime, the two have American Made coming September 29, 2017. The film tells the wild, true life adventures of Barry Seal, a rogue and pilot recruited by the CIA to head one of the largest covert operations in American history. American Made also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Caleb Landry Jones, and Jesse Plemons.
We are now three weeks away from the fifth entry in the Bourne series: Jason Bourne. The film marks the return of Matt Damon to the title role (after the awful Bourne Legacy) and director of films two and three: Paul Greengrass. Most likely, this will be the last Damon Bourne film. We’ll be spending the next three weeks in My Favorite Scene looking at one of the best action trilogies ever made (because I really, really suppressed the memory of #4) Continue reading My Favorite Scene: The Bourne Identity (2002) *Mini Madness*
Edge of Tomorrow, one of the few movies this summer that lived up to expectations will be hitting Blu Ray and DVD on October 7th. The details on all the goodies included are below courtesy of Warner Brothers. This is one I’ll definitely add to the KT Vault of Blu Rays (which could use an actual vault at this point). Continue reading Edge of Tomorrow Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details