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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Written byAnonymous July 20, 2014

Emotional tom cruise thriller deals with violence

My rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of warfare violence and action,languages,sexuality/nudity and drug use
Parent of a 12 year old Written byedklat April 19, 2015
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byNewts_Princess March 18, 2015

Amazing War Movie!!!

I watched this not long back with my Aunt, Uncle, Mother and Father. And I have to say, I never used to be a fan of war movies, but I loved this movie more than almost any other. (The winner being Tomorrow, When The War Began). Overall it is an excellent film for 13+ with some funny moments but also tells a very interesting story. Very enjoyable!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byTom Cruise Fan March 13, 2015

Edge of Tomorrow movie review

I thought to myself that Tom Cruise was desperate when I say the trailer for this movie. It basically looks like "Oblivion 2". "Edge of Tomorrow" is the total opposite of "Oblivion". This movie blew my mind. We think Tom Cruise will be this legendary hero guy, but really he is a coward. What surprised me with "Edge of Tomorrow" were the character arcs. Emily Blunt plays Sgt. Vrataski who is this legendary warrior who's a war hero. Her character is great. The movie's story was handled very well. I thought I would be bored each time he died, but no, it was awesome. The action in this movie was great. The emotional levels were amazing and the movie was surprisingly very funny. I loved "Edge of Tomorrow" and it was certainly one of my Top 10 favorite movies of 2014. The only problem I had with this film was the color palate and that is very minor. Please check out "Edge of Tomorrow" if you have not. It deserved a lot more money at the box office.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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