The Time Travel Blogathon: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of TomorrowSilver Screenings and Wide Screen World are co-hosting the Time Travel Blogathon, and my contribution is the review of “Edge of Tomorrow“, a fantastic science-fiction film directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson. Relying on the now fabled “Groundhog Day” concept, “Edge of Tomorrow” is about a Major (Cruise) who is doomed to relive one particular day of the invasion battle with aliens until he is forced to find a solution to the infinite time loop and save the humankind from the destructive alien force. 

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) 

The empires of the future will be empires of the mind (Winston Churchill).

What enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge” (Sun Tzu, The Art of War).  

Edge of Tomorrow” is based on a 2004 Japanese novel “All You Need is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. In near future, as Earth is being invaded by aliens, William Cage (Cruise), a Major with no combat experience, is ordered to go to fight the enemy as part of a landing operation in France. Cage is killed during the battle, but, surprisingly, finds himself again alive and well back on the day before the battle. The time loop then repeats itself, and every time Cage is killed, he again starts the day of the battle anew. Trying to get to the bottom of the situation, Cage makes an acquaintance with a Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski or the Angel of Verdun (Blunt). Together they try to piece together the time conundrum and devise a method to defeat the enemy. As a time-travel movie, “Edge of Tomorrow” is simply great and it is fascinating to watch Cage waking up each day with the hope to make that particular day the one where he will be able to vanquish the aliens.  

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“The Raven” Review

The Raven (2012) 

Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;
Tis the wind and nothing more” (Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven”).

Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) comes back to Baltimore to find the town in a disarray as a result of a series of brutal murders. Detective Fields (Luke Evans), in charge of the murder investigations, notices that the murders resemble those in Poe’s stories. Detective Fields then “recruits” Poe to help him make sense of the strange happenings. However, it becomes apparent that Poe is in town for “business”: to ask the hand of his beloved Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve), the daughter of Captain Hamilton (Brendan Gleeson), a prominent town figure. However, when Emily becomes the subject of the murderer’s attention, Poe must use all his powers of imagination and play a deadly game devised by the murderer to save her.

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