Edge of Tomorrow ★★★

"What do we do now?"
"I don't know. We've never gotten this far."

Rewatch. First time through was immensely entertaining, but I struggled to find much substance beneath the flashy editing and smart script. Like Tom Cruise, I relived the same experience this second time through. The film remains entertaining thanks to the skilled assembly of James Herbert in the editing room and the talented presentation of Dion Beebe behind the camera. Cruise and Blunt both sell their characters well, and the screenplay has enough twists and turns to keep you pinned to your seat whether you know what's coming or not. But I can't shake the feeling that the film just doesn't have much to say outside the immediate experience of its rollercoaster ride. Still entertaining; still simple.

In other news, that shot of Tom Cruise falling out of the drop ship already showcases the influence of Gravity on modern science fiction film. Long takes and intricate choreography are definitely trends in cinematography I'm excited to see continue.

Previous review | Multiple watches in 2014
2014 | Dion Beebe

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