Here’s all you need to know about the “plot” of Tom Cruise’s newest sci-fi thriller, “Edge of Tomorrow:” It’s “Groundhog Day” with killer space aliens known as Mimics. Amazingly, it’s not a comedy. Of course, Tomorrow borrows liberally from yesterday, including sources other than Groundhog Day. Did I say borrows? I meant steals. There are, in no particular order of importance, the buff kickass hottie from “Terminator 2,” the mechanical battle suits from the book “Starship Troopers,” and a cross between the CGI aliens from “Attack the Block” and the arachnids from the movie “Starship Troopers.” Aaaaand, there’s more . . .
Co-writer Christopher McQuarrie, who also wrote “The Usual Suspects,” was going for a similar tricky ending, but couldn’t get there without Keyser Soze. Let’s just politely say that the ending, which I will not reveal, will have viewers smiling right up until the time they say “wait a minute” and realize that what they’ve seen just might contradict the entire premise of the plot.
Want more stealery? You got it! Tomorrow has action galore and plenty of battle scenes with American soldiers dropping from the sky like Starship Troopers over the beaches of Normandy. As in Normandy, France. Stop laughing. And the movie was initially released in the US on June 6th.
Then there are the guns. Yes, Hollywood’s infatuation with firearms continues even as the disparagement of gun owners likewise continues.
In Tomorrow, the principal sidearm of the United Defense Forces infantry, or at least the non-coms, is the SIG-Sauer P226R. It’s carried by two sergeants in the film, so I’m guessing that it’s regulation gear. Actually, the P226R would not a bad choice fora sidearm, especially if SIG paid a reasonable promotion fee to the producers.
The infantry’s standard assault rifle appears to be the Colt M4A1. We’ll get back to that later. Cruise also carries what seems to be an FN SCAR-H, which is painted black either to look cool or evil, depending on the director’s point of view. I vote for cool. Interestingly, Cruise’s SCAR-H is chambered for 5.56 NATO instead of 7.62. How’d that happen? Dunno, but we’ll get back to that later, too.
Cruise also looks mighty handy with a shotgun, maybe a Remington 870 or a clone, although the gun is never completely revealed and the scene is photographed darkly. Cruise demonstrates his expertise with the boomstick the very first time he picks it up when he jacks the slide in a totally badass way, ejecting an unfired round. Impressive. Yes, the director copied a stupid shotgun trick from a hundred other films, but so what? It enhances the sound track.
Then there is the previously mentioned mechanical suit, which comes in three styles. Right away I’m skeptical. Army gear comes in two sizes – Too Large and Too Small. Style is not permitted or required.
The grunts get a suit that gives them superhuman strength and enough armament to take on the entire Iraqi army. On second thought, based on what’s happening now, our grunts wouldn’t need mechanical suits. They could take on entire Iraqi army in bbusiness suits, armed with nothing but sharp sticks and whatever the Iraqi army throws away.
The exoskeletons cram a lot of firepower into a bulky metal package that reminded me of David Byrnes’ big suit. There’s the aforementioned SCAR, an FN EGLM grenade launcher, a three-barreled cannon on each arm balanced out by an autocannon on the other arm, and a grenade or missile or something launcher that pops up from behind the shoulder like the creature’s blaster in “Predator.”
One of the grunts dresses up his breastplate with a Claymore mine and a little duct tape. Yeah, if I’m ever attacked by murderous aliens from outer space, I’ll be wanting a Claymore taped to my chest. Note to self: the convex side faces the enemy. Oh, and one of the soldiers fights balls out. Literally. Yeah, I gotta try that, too.
Now let’s take on the rifles. In Tomorrow we have the forces of the united earth taking on the most vicious alien invaders since Los Zetas crossed the Rio Grande. Aspreviously noted, the good guys are dressed in ultra-sophisticated multimillion-dollar Japanese-speaking mechanical exoskeletons with starter switches made by anybody except GM. And the principle firearm they carry fires those little BBs that we affectionately refer to as the 5.56 NATO round, which naturally do a very poor job of dispatching the powerful killer alien time-shifters from outer space. Suuuuuure.
Why the 5.56? You know, I’m beginning to think that Tomorrow features that little NATO pellet because that’s what the Mobile Infantry used in Starship Troopers, with approximately the same results. Then again, Cruise is able to kill some aliens with his mechanical hands but has trouble putting them down with his assault rifle. Why? I dunno, but the suit shouldn’t be more powerful than the gun.
So with all these mental deficits, what does Edge of Tomorrow have going for it? First, the pacing.
Like a raging bull with long legs, the film moves fast and nothing drags. You’d think that seeing the same scenes over and over again would be boring, but no. You’d think that seeing the same scenes over and over again would be boring, but no. Seewhat I did there? That was boring, but the movie always had a little twist or turn to keep it fresh, like a game of lightning chess. With gunfire.
Second, the battle scenes. Not as gory as Starship Troopers, they nevertheless wereexciting. The killer aliens were sometimes a little hard to follow on screen, but that actually worked to the director’s advantage. Unfortunately, we never get to see the aliens’ weaponry. We see streaks against the sky and American stuff blowing up in France, but not the artillery that caused the damage. Then again, we did see the weaponry in Starship Troopers as we watched plumes of fire bursting from gigantic bug asses, so maybe Tomorrow was sparing us from further indignity.
Third, the cast. Cruise is perfect for the part, unlike his character in Jack Reacher when he tried to play a guy ten inches taller, a hundred pounds heavier and juuuuuust a bit more masculine.
In Tomorrow, Cruise turns in a classic Tom Cruise performance. He’s Lt. Colonel Cage – cage, as in he’s a prisoner, in a time loop. Get it? Cruise starts out as an unprincipled and cowardly light colonel and slowly morphs into the righteous PrivateCage, a devil-may-care go-for-broke hero. Remember in “Risky Business,” when Joel Goodson (Cruise) famously said near the end, “Sometimes you just gotta say, “Whatthe f*ck, make your move.” That’s exactly what Cage does near the edge of the Edge of Tomorrow.
I’ll also note that Cruise is starting to show his age, and it this movie that works to his advantage. It seemed that he was ooften shot with a fuzzy filter, or maybe I needed to clean my eyeglasses. In either case, Cruise looked like the reprobate Lt. Colonel Cage at the beginning of the movie and the dynamic Private Cage at the end. There are also several light touches throughout the movie that exploit Cruise’s ability as a fantastic natural comic.
Emily Blunt does a great job as Sergeant Rita Vrataski by channeling her inner LindaHamilton (from T2), but with a real English accent. Vrataski is a badass, affectionately known as the “Full Metal Bitch” for her alien killing prowess at the Battle of Verdun. Not the 1916 battle between the Brits, the French and the Germans, but the new Battle of Verdon between the Brits, the French, the Germans and the aliens. Move along everybody. No déjà vu to see here.
Where Cage is timid, Rita is gung-ho. She fights with the grace of a ballet dancer in the heavy metal suit while Cruise blunders around like a wounded mule as he gets his ass kicked in training. And did I mention that Blunt was totally buffed? And with guns? And with child (in real life, not in the movie). Oh, coincidentally, Rita is also the name of the lead female character in Groundhog Day. Tribute or copy – you decide.
The redoubtable Bill Paxton is wonderful at playing snarky Master Sergeant Farell, ditching his real Texas drawl in favor of a fake Kentucky drawl. The heavy-set Brendon Gleeson is fine as a foreign General who is a heavy, but I have no idea why his uniform was too sizes too large or why he sounded like an Irishman trying to play an Englishman or something.
Despite its myriad of faults and it’s merciless ripoff of Groundhog Day, I enjoyed Edge of Tomorrow when I saw it today. Or was it yesterday? It’s set up for a sequel, so we might see it again. Despite the overcooked, ultra-derivative plot, the movie works as a brainless but exciting action flick. You may want to see it today. Or tomorrow. Or whenever. And bring the kids. It’s rated PG-13. Younger kids might be scared by the aliens or the noise of the battle scenes.
Model: Edge of Tomorrow
Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Length: 113 minutes
Action: Pretty good, even though you’ve seen it before
Finish: Happy happy joy joy, but seems to contradict the basic premise of the movie
Price: $176 million, and the financial backers will be happy with their investment. It’s earned over $255 million so far, with no end in sight
RATINGS (out of five bullets):
Style * * * *
Director Doug Limon knows how to direct an action movie – he keeps it moving and exciting and doesn’t get bogged down in a love story. The pacing, despite the Groundhog Day repetition, is lightning quick. Some of the battle scenes were tightly shot, which in the hands of other directors makes it difficult for the audience tofollow the action. Not so here. The CGI is also better than most.
Reliability * * * *
The entire cast was great at adding personality to the script. Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton are excellent,Brendan Gleeson is sufficiently oily and the supporting cast does a great job of dying on cue.
Overall * * * *
A time-waster that’s actually worth the time.
My local theater does a Tuesday ‘Recession Special’ where a small popcorn is $2 and a regular drink is $2. Catch this as a matinee and for less than $12 I can check my brain at the door and be entertained for 2 hours. Love Tom or Hate him… he does good popcorn flicks.
I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by the movie. Don’t now about the popcorn,
His sci-fi stuff is always top shelf. Spy or crime stuff, bleh.
I was really surprised by the movie. I was expecting a halfway good action movie but the comedy in this movie was great. The scene were he rolls under the moving truck in that super cool spy way but gets run over had me rolling.
Yea a spoiler alert would suffice at the top next time, also, the movie is taken from a japanese short novel called “All you need is kill” I read the first 50 pages after seeing the movie trailer and its not bad. Glad Im not the only person who thought of Bill Murray sitting in that Diner in Groundhog Day.
Im glad they at least seem sort of true to the Full Metal Bitch 🙂 Ill probably pirate this shit, Tom Cruise can FOAD.
I loved it… It was a lot of fun. It was in fact, better than most movies I’ve seen lately.
“… I’ll be wanting a Claymore taped to my chest. Note to self: the convex side faces the enemy.”
Further note to self: lethal backblast range is about 15 meters. Wear a REALLY STRONG ceramic plate in your vest. In fact, have your idiot buddy wear the claymore strapped to his chest …
Even my idiot buddy isn’t that big of an idiot!
You do realize that the claymore strapped to the chest was literally a suicide option in the event that they were going to likely get overrun by the aliens right? It wasn’t like this was going to be the guy’s first line of attack.
In fact in the film you see that’s exactly what happens. Rather than get unmercifully ripped apart/eaten by the alien he detonates himself to get a little payback on his way out…
No different then the ol’ pull the pin on the grenade trick as you’re dying…
You guys are thinking too small. What we need is the Claymore Suit. A Claymore covering every possible angle of attack. Actually, make it three layered, so you can survive three attacks from the same angle. Sure, it would be heavy, especially with all the armor to prevent the back-blast from killing you…but it would be too awesome not to use.
If I wanted to kill myself I wouldn’t use a device that would also take out friendlies within 50 meters, with the “Front Toward Enemy” facing out toward them and not in toward me.
The Claymore was there to be cool. Instead it was silly. Just like the soldier with his ass hanging out.
But it set the events of the movie in motion.
You could argue that Mr. Straps Claymore to Chest saved humanity.
What an apropos name, considering what happened. So many generations of the Straps-Claymore-to-Chest family have endured strange looks and awkward conversations, but it all makes sense now.
you obviously don’t know crap about military stuff cause right now in the testing phase is a combat suit that is like a frame going over the body increases strength x3 and running speed x2 . so i think it is coming soon. the 5.56 rounds is good cause when someone dies there is plenty of ammo you can get without searching to much
Riiiiight JR. any day now. Right after the Stryker works, the army fields a light tank, issues spidersilk vests, and transparent aluminum is shipping..
DARPA has been playing around with powered suits for more that 50 years. At least since the REAL “Starship Troopers” came out (the book not the not even lame ass movies).
The problem is the power supply. To move a heavy suit and make it capable of increasing human strength by 10x-20x takes a lot of power in a relatively small package. It also has to last a long time in combat without “recharging.”
If the military contractors figure it out, the technology might be directly applicable to automobiles.
If they can get the flux-capacitor working properly, power won’t be an issue.
No offense but only a stupid person would use 5.56 against silicon based life forms (which the mimics are).
Much denser than carbon based life forms. Think of it like shooting into barrels of sand, really big barrels. In the book they used 20 mm rifles and they weren’t enough.
No disagreement, but you got to war with the stuff you have, not the stuff you want. “5.56” is what we have a lot of, if there’s an alien invasion I don’t think they’ll give us enough time to upgrade to whatever the optimum is. From the standpoint of the grunts being given what people in rear areas believe will get the job done, this is true to military procurement for, oh, recorded history.
They also don’t appear to be doing a lot of precision firing in the movie. Only the pistols get fired semi-auto, everything else is giggle-switch engaged. Makes sense if you have a huge suit to take all your recoil and a mechanical arm to control dispersion. Then again, if that’s the case, why not mount a GPMG? Or at least a SAW. Pain in the butt to change the belt, but that’s what backpacks filled with 500 rounds at a time are for.
We have a decent amount of .50 BMG API. The point of powered exoskeletons is to provide increased strength. Have them carry M2s and rockets.
Source material for the movie seems to be “All You Need is Kill”
Really good light read. Highly recommend it as there are enough changes between the book and movie that they both standalone fairly well.
I’ll go see it.
I’m not a fan of Tom Cruise and the movie looks stupid, but I will always support the sci fi genre.
Sorry, had to do a sfi-fi version of thug4life.
Not my type of flick but……Emily Blunt. Loved her in Wild Target–nobody does silly like the Brits. Fair amount of goofy gunplay too.
I enjoyed this film way too much, it and _The Lego Movie_ were the first first-run movies I saw in the theater multiple times in many many years. The prior one might have been _The Matrix_..
…NOW I hafta see it! Or did I already….I forget.
“Of course, Tomorrow borrows liberally from yesterday, including sources other than Groundhog Day. Did I say borrows? I meant steals.”
You could say that about a lot of movies.
“Then there are the guns. Yes, Hollywood’s infatuation with firearms continues even as the disparagement of gun owners likewise continues.”
“…with starter switches made by anybody except GM.”
GM doesn’t make “starter switches”, they buy them from a vendor.
Well, only partially true. Delco Remy was (is?) a wholly owned subsidiary of GM. But everything is made by Chinese robots now.
There are plenty of movies that feature time loops and others besides Groundhog Day have done the “repeating day” thing. I disagree, it is not just a sci-fi/military Groundhog Day.
The rules are different. Groundhog Day, All You Need is Kill (the source book for the movie), and Edge of Tomorrow all have different “rules” about how their time loops work. One important difference for the movie is that there is not an infinite reset. I won’t spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it, but there is a weakness to the main character’s ability and the enemy tries to exploit it.
Also, the name “Cage” came from the book. Mostly because the main character’s name in the book, Keiji I believe, sounds a lot like “Cage” to western ears. By the end of the book he becomes known as “Killer Kage”.
It’s easy to do a throwaway comparison to Groundhog Day, but aside from the fact the same “day” is repeated time after time they have nothing else in common. The central conceit was not exclusive to Groundhog Day though. The author of the book was inspired by videogames and the repetition of dying and then retrying with a previous save game. Coming from that angle, the videogame analogy is pretty spot on for the movie.
Also, you really should check out imfdb.org if you want to get a list of what firearms are used in movies.
I also think the Groundhog Day references were overdone, especially considering there are different rules to their time loops.
If it becomes a trope, then you ain’t the only one who has done it.
My sons saw this movie. They liked it a lot. Not a fan of Tom but I’ll need to see it…eventually. No I DON’T THINK the investors are happy with that pitiful return. Captain America 2 had a similar budget but made 710 million worldwide & will make lots of $ on DVD.
fww, the movie has only been out for less than a month (less than three weeks in the US). As of yesterday, it’s earned $292.8 million worldwide. It will make at least $500 million in theaters worldwide.
When was the last time that a Cruise movie didn’t make $200 million in theatrical release? I know that he’s not Laurence Olivier, but man does he make money.
Really liked his character in “collateral”.
Gotta remember that the production budget is one thing, but the distribution/marketing budget is whole ‘nother chunk of change that, for a movie like this, is anywhere from 50% to 100% of the production budget.
Movie budgeting and accounting is insane.
Linda Hamilton; The original “Full Metal B–ch”, She set the standard; which almost no one has matched since.
Vasquez in _Aliens_ (who, incidentally, was Sarah Connor’s roomate in _Terminator_) acquits herself well in that regard IMO.
I did not know this factoid. After all these years. . . (30-years. . REALLY!! It’s been 30 YEARS. . damn I’m old), now I got it!
The reviewer felt a bit too smart with the Groundhog Day references and fogot to do some basic research. The movie is based on the manga All You Need Is Kill. So it is not only an amazing action movie, but a very rare good adaptation of a manga. The film was supposed to share the same awesome title, but later they changed for the current more generic one.
Just because it comes from a Japanese light novel doesn’t mean it isn’t cribbed from Groundhog Day. The Japanese invented copying. It’s just that when they do it now it’s often called “patent infringement.”
Common elements and themes include (1) the soldiers becoming fighting experts in one day, just like Phil Connors (Bill Murray) became an expert piano player in one day, (2) Connors and Cage exploiting their knowledge to woo their respective love interests, (3) both Connors and Cage struggling with the effects of their new skill until they learn to appreciate and use it, (4) changing their personalities from selfish and self absorbed to caring and motivated, and I could go on and on and on.
The reason that the female character has the same name in both flicks? It’s an acknowledgment. An homage if you will.
#4 bugged me in both films, why go away from being awesome to being…nice…and caring about other peoples feelings?
I mean, everybody likes the confident jerkass. Right?
And _Groundhog Day_ stole the idea from video games, particularly those older ones without save points, where you’d have to repeat the level from start when you died.
Which IIRC is explicitly where AYNIK’s author claims the inspiration for that plot device.
Ever occur to you that it could be a Scar-L? Good movie, but come on, they’re using 5.56 to stop aliens, which sometimes doesn’t even stop people! In the book “All You Need Is Kill” they use freaking 20mm cannons! And what the aliens fire has the force of a 30mm. Did I mention that you need a 50mm to break through their armor. Either they made a 5.56x500mm, or they just really underpowered the aliens in the movie, considering he takes out about 20 about halfway through, only stopping to reload.
John, I don’t think it’s an “L” because it has an H magazine. And yet, it fires the 5.56. Kooky!
Did Ralph just describe a shoulder thing that goes up?
Thats the shoulder thing that goes up!!! We found it!! Call NASA. And SNASA!! And the FDA!! Its real. Now I see why politicians are so scared of it. That was one bad mama jama in the movie.
They called it a Pile Driver in the book. From the description in the book it sounded… awesome, on the screen it looked… awesome.
Would be cool to have, could be the first person to quad wield.
Excellent review, sir!
A few points of contention, though. I’m not sure if you spent too much time on the shower scenes of Starship Troopers (and why wouldn’t you?), but they didn’t have mechanical suits. They just had body armor. Avatar and The Matrix (forget which) had infantry soldiers outfitted in righteous mechanical battle suits. Based upon the close up in Starship Troopers (again, not the shower scenes), the ammo that the mobile infantry used looked like a 300 Win Mag to me. Yeah, I know, we’re short on 300 WM full auto battles rifles. Hey, movie guns.
For aliens, I think I’d recommend a .50 cal or a 20mm or at least a .30 cal. That should do a nice job on the aliens in Battle LA, Aliens, Starships Troopers (well, the Arachnids, anyways), and Cowboys and Aliens. If your stuck with an M4, somebody upgrade to 300 BLK, 6.8, or .50 Beowulf. Heck, the Transformers ARs in the later movies had nicely upgraded guns (maybe a .50 Beowulf bullet at 6000 plus degrees?) that seemed to work suspiciously well against giant killer robots.
I think he was referring to Starship Troopers the novel, not the crappy movie.
As Mr. Fleas noted, I wrote that Tomorrow has “the mechanical battle suits from the book “Starship Troopers.’” The suits never appeared in the movie, but they did in the book.
The “Morita MK” rifles and carbines used in Starship Troopers were built around actual Ruger Mini-14s with modifed Muzzelite stocks. The rifles had the underbarrel Ithaca shotguns.
I may have to check out the book, then.
The book, by the way, is a “must read.” The movie is a “wish to hell I’d never seen” and I found out many years later it had at least two sequels. Ugh.
The book is great — was Heinlein even capable of writing a bad book? Maybe, but offhand I can’t think of one.
I saw all three “Starship Troopers” movies (I think the sequels were direct to video). The sequels were incredibly awful, but at least in #3 the troopers had the battle suits.
“was Heinlein even capable of writing a bad book? Maybe, but offhand I can’t think of one. “
I’ve read that a few Heinlein fans are not overly fond of The Cat Who Walks Through Walls.”
I enjoyed the first third…the setup. Second third was thinking, “Okay, where’s this going?” and last third had me asking, “Huh? What did I just read?” It just ended up kind of … “messy” is the word I’d use.
Overall, I don’t know I’d call it “bad,” but I sure did not like it was much as other works, very definitely Starship Troopers included.
Starship Troopers is a must-read, along with The Moon is a Harsh Mistress for social commentary and an examination of people-government relations.
Emily Blunt was hot and quite believable as a she-devil.
Maybe the funniest/sick scene was the first attempt by Cruise to roll under the deuce and a half and doesn’t quite make it.
Don’t forget the training montage.
“Look! I can still move my legs…please don’t. *BANG*”
I have a pretty dark sense of humor when I think about it.
You do know what a trope is? Just because two movies have something similar doesn’t mean one stole from another, case in point: The Action Girl trope. It is pretty common, so it becomes wrong to say that Edge of Tomorrow stole it from Terminator 2.
The film was based on a novel called “All you need is kill”, which is pretty good. Fast paced and exciting. Not long either, about 50 000 words or less.
——————–SPOILER ALERT- if you haven’t seen the film for the love of God don’t read this paragraph—————-
The ending doesn’t contradict itself, consider the Omega as being outside the general timeline. So when it died, Operation Downfall didn’t start, Cruise didn’t try to blackmail the General and thus didn’t lose his rank. Cruise himself got its blood on him which allowed him to return back in time once.
Now I am going to step off my soap-box, it is I just liked this movie and a lot of the things made a lot of sense (except them using 5.56 against silicone based lifeforms). Also a pet peeve of mine is when someone mistakes tropes for stealing. Read up on TV Tropes, might learn a lot about literature/films/videogames/storytelling in general/the real world.
lolinski, I know the difference between a trope and a copy. A trope is “a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression.” A copy is something made to be similar or identical to another.
When a film uses so many elements of a prior film including the name of their lead female character, its copying.
The mechanical suits — copied.
The monsters — copied. See, for example, “Attack the Block,” a much cheaper and not so entertaining movie.
The creepy abandoned house scene — copied, from War of the Worlds — the original Gene Barry version, not the version starring (wait for it) Tom Cruise. The Tom Cruise version copied from the original, but that’s okay since it was a “remake,” which is an updated copy.
If you want to attribute the copying to the author of the light novel, that’s okay with me. I mean, it’s not like Hollywood steals. Ever.
Hollywood steals, of course it does but people are way too rapid on slapping on the “stolen” tag.
Please tell me why the suits are copied. Fallout also copied the mechanical suits by this logic? So did Avatar (Which I don’t want to discuss since that movie was just..bad).
Its a blatent rip off from the movie “Sourse Code” where the hero is killed over and over trying to catch a terrorist.
How? Source code was about a guy being in a simulation to catch a terrorist..(spoilers for source code)which was shown later to be an alternate universe.
same thing as going back in time everytime you die just like source code. Small differences same movie
So guy repeating day each time he dies in fight against aliens = guy repeating 8 minutes in a simulation (which play out differently, they only end after the time is up) which is shown to be an alternate universe?
The powered battle suits were one of the biggest things missing from the Starship Troopers movie, so I would actually see it as a good thing if they pulled it off successfully in EoT.
I don’t know why Paul Verhoeven dumped the suits for the movie, but I will guess that he could make a more antiwar film if he had lots of fragile human bodies piled up all over the place.
The suits appeared in Troopers 3, which is a gawdawful movie.
I would bet/hope that more folks actually take the ‘parody’ elements of the movie seriously, and really stick it to Verhoeven.
I could have cared less about the power suits actually. Starship Troopers was not a book about a bunch of guys running around in power suits killing aliens and blowing things up.
i got the book all you need is kill when came out state side (2011ish i beleive) and i saw the movie this past weekend. very,very cool.
now if we can talk to brad pitt about not screwing up the wwz sequel
The WWZ ship has sailed…they missed the point and spirit of the novel so entirely in the first film.
Point of Order: It wasn’t actually a novel. At all.
I did like this movie actually! Though the ending was weak and disappointing.
Hey the best part of the movie is watching Cruise getting offed over and over.
Well, considering how little command seemed to care about troops, 5.56 seems to kind of make sense. Additionally, they just fielded a LOT of really bad soldiers who were poorly trained and disciplined.
Why waste the effective ammo on them?
I’ve loathed Tom Cruise ever since he defiled the lovely Rebecca de Mornay in ‘”Risky Business” (and forever ruined Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” for me with his metrosexual underwear dance, to boot).
So I figure any movie in which Cruise gets killed off over and over again has to be worth seeing at least once.
Well, I think they had to use the 5.56 instead of the 7.62 because Cruise felt short standing next to a round. With the 5.56, at least he could look down (a bit) at it.
Oh, and as Jack Reacher, I loved how they found all those short folks but still had some boards for him to walk on going thru the crowd in the bar. But they forgot to lower the light switches. They’re still at his shoulder…
Tom Cruise… ain’t parting with my hard earned dollars. nuff said….
You know what leading roles NEVER wear that ALL actual soldiers do?
Oh that’s right, helmets. Sorry if it messes up your hair, I hear bullets do that worse. 😛
Bullets will leave your skull exploded (or just a hole, depending on the caliber) but come on dude, the helmet hair would get taller than cruise is!
I saw the movie before it was made.
Was actually a lot of fun.
We went with low expectations, hoping that watching Tom Cruise die again and again would be entertaining enough. Some of his deaths are actually quite funny and played as such.
Hollywood can’t do scifi and I refuse to give any money to Tommy and his Scientology freak show. Maybe I’ll look up at the tv screen a couple of years from now when a cable station has it on rerun for filler
I know this is a low-budget blog, but some basic editing on this post would have help before publishing.
“Would have help?” I think you should edit your low-budget comment.
Best Movie of the Year so far, easily.
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