Edge of Tomorrow

  • Review Date: June 6, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 113 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Appealing but violent sci-fi thriller explores time, fate.
  • Review Date: June 6, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 113 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

It may seem like a cliche, but it's true: If at first you don't succeed, try try try again. Related to that is the message that life can surprise you, even if you think you've seen it all.

Positive role models

Major William Cage is tenacious and willing to learn, even if that means confronting his own demons. He does whatever is necessary to save humanity -- including dying every single day. Rita Vrataski is the consummate soldier, willing to put herself on the line for the good of the mission and her colleagues. She's a strong, powerful female character who holds her own in all circumstances. Other characters look up to her as an example.


As a key part of the plot, the main character dies repeatedly, most of the time via a gun to the head. Most of the film is set during loud, intense battle scenes that feature a wide variety of carnage, chaos, and mayhem. A helicopter crash results in a significant death. Constant peril/danger, and many, many people are killed, by bullets, bombs, aliens, catching on fire, being crushed by a plane, and other means, though few of the scenes show anything especially gory or bloody. Also hand-to-hand combat.


One scene shows a man's naked backside (nonsexual). Two characters share a brief kiss.


Moderate swearing, including "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," and one use of "f--k." One female character is nicknamed Full Metal Bitch.


The logo for a British Jaguar automobile is seen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One scene is set in a bar, with adults drinking and talking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Edge of Tomorrow is a thought-provoking sci-fi thriller that steers clear of some of the usual action-movie cliches -- mainly that women are damsels in distress in need of rescuing -- and presents both strong female and male lead characters (played by Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise). Expect a constant barrage of intense, chaotic combat as humans battle aliens: Soldiers are bombed, shot, obliterated by fallen debris, blown up by explosives, mangled by creepy aliens, and more. Not a lot of blood is seen, but many, many characters die -- including the main one, who dies over and over (most frequently via a gun to the head) as he learns how to defeat his enemies. There's also some swearing (including "s--t," "bitch," and one use of "f--k") and kissing.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s 2004 novel All You Need Is Kill, EDGE OF TOMORROW stars Tom Cruise as Major William Cage, a public relations genius who's never been on the front lines and serves as the official talking head for the U.S. Army's efforts to fight against the Mimics, aliens who've invaded Earth. His job is to sell the war ... that is, until a British general (Brendan Gleeson) sends him to battle, an order Cage defies, landing him in hot water. When he finally does see combat, he dies quickly, only to wake up and relive the day over again. Only special forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), the Army's best soldier, can explain what's happening to him.

Is it any good?


Don't expect Edge of Tomorrow to make much sense: Its "science" is muddy, mind-boggling, and at times difficult to follow. But that doesn't take away from the appeal of the film, which boasts impressive special effects and an interesting, complicated plot (which is inevitably reminiscent of the excellent Groundhog Day ... which also had a female lead named Rita!). Director Doug Liman knows when to make a joke and when to leave well enough alone, without taking away from the gravity of Edge of Tomorrow's darker themes.

But the biggest revelation may be Cruise, who reminds us how good he can be when he tackles roles that don't rely solely on his charisma and confidence. Here, he allows himself to be vulnerable and afraid, and it's refreshing. As is Blunt's Rita, a female lead who's finally given enough to do -- sometimes better than her male counterpart. The film's villains remain amorphous throughout, but the leads are compelling, and the movie can't help but entertain.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how time is manipulated in Edge of Tomorrow. Does it remind you of any other movies? How is it different? Does the movie adhere to the "rules" of time travel?

  • Rita is a strong female character. How often do you see women like her in action movies? What about movies in other genres?

  • Talk about the impact of the movie's violence. How does it compare to what you might see in a horror movie? Does it matter that so much of it is large-scale/over the top?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 6, 2014
DVD release date:October 7, 2014
Cast:Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Director:Doug Liman
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Space and aliens
Run time:113 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material

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Teen, 14 years old Written byThe age organizer February 7, 2015

Edge of tomorrow

13 and up
Kid, 12 years old January 19, 2015


This was the best movie I have seen in a long time! Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt were great. Tons of action and violence made it all the better! Watch it please!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old January 5, 2015

Tom Cruise in another... guess what? Sci-fi thriller. What change, Cruise!

Edge of Tomorrow is a movie that is at a somewhat higher level than your regular alien shoot-em-up thriller. Somehow Tom Cruise is actually good in his role as a reluctant officer who is drafted into the British army to fight the aliens who have invaded the Earth, in a failure of an attack that leads to him, along with 2000 other people, dying. Then, in a Groundhog Day sort of theme, he relives that battle over and over again, together with a character nicknamed “Full Metal B___h”. I was surprised that CSM said that this movie had positive female role models. If a positive female role model in Hollywood now means someone who spends 90% of her time on the screen waving big guns around and the other 10% flirting with the main protagonist, I’m boycotting Hollywood. Despite the bad language, partial nudity(a brief shot of a bare butt as a obese soldier straps on armor; don’t ask me why he was naked) , and constant violence, this movie gets 4/5 stars mostly of the acting and the special effects; the storyline was rather weak and had some holes. But overall, this is a fast-paced adventure movie that is fine for teens.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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