Edge of Tomorrow



Appealing but violent sci-fi thriller explores time, fate.
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  • 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.

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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Parent Written bygmariam June 14, 2014

Good movie, but avoid the previews

It was a great movie with a little bad language. Most of the deaths aren't shown. The first was the most graphic. My biggest problem with the whole thing was that one of the previews they showed beforehand was for the movie Sex Tape. Not something I would have wanted my 12 yr old daughter to see.
Educator and Parent Written bymafeulner June 17, 2014

Complex themes

This is a very sophisticated Groundhog Day-like movie with a lot of violence. However, the little blood you see is not really bloody and I think the violence has less emotional impact, and can be desensitizing, because of the "resets." You see the same characters die repeatedly in different ways, which gives the movie a very dreamlike feeling. Or, for today's kids, a videogame feeling. The message that it drives home is no matter how many times you are knocked down, you always get up and try again. Even though the 8 and 10 year-olds I watched it with did not get every nuance of the time traveling rules, they enjoyed it immensely. Know your kids with this one.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educator and Parent Written byMovie Review Maven June 7, 2014

Groundhog Day on steriods!

Movie Title: Edge of Tomorrow PG-13, 1 hour 53 minutes Grade: A- In a Nutshell: This is “Groundhog Day” on steroids! (I love that Bill Murray classic.) Add the uber-intense Tom Cruise and the beautiful Emily Blunt, along with flawed, but heroic soldiers and you’ve got an action movie sure to thrill. Video gamers will almost feel like they’re inside a Halo game complete with resets after dying and kicking alien butt. Uplifting theme: • Humanity is worth fighting for. • Every moment of life is precious. Things I liked: • I thought it was appropriate for the film’s opening weekend to be during the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Replace Nazis with aliens and you’ll still feel patriotic. • It’s kind of amazing to see a movie which actually ends, rather than one that Hollywood tosses out there, hoping to pump out a mediocre sequel for you to spend your hard-earned money on. • The super fast, squiggly aliens were cool, especially the “Alpha” when he growls. • Emily Blunt was really cute in The Devil Wears Prada, but now she is even sexier as a strong, fighting machine. • I saw it in IMAX 3D, which made some of the action sequences epic. When someone got tasered, I was almost worried I’d get hit too. • I loved the fat soldier’s t-shirt that said “Mimic this.” It’s funny as is, but has another meaning when you learn that they call the aliens “mimics.” • I loved the high-tech mech-suits the soldiers wear. Things I didn’t like: • It shows a movie clip of Hillary Clinton in some kind of executive meeting, as if she is president of the United States. Was that a subtle bit of hopeful propaganda for the next presidential election? • There was a plot hole in the ending…as if the rest of the movie was believable. haha Inspiring lines: • “The fiery crucible, the only place where true heroes are forged.” - Master Sergeant Farrel • “There’s no courage without fear.” - Master Sergeant Farrel • “We fight. That’s what we do.” - Major William Cage Funny lines: • “What do we do now? - Rita Vrataski “I don’t know. We’ve never gotten this far.” - Major William Cage • “Where is the safety?” - Major William Cage “Exactly!” - mocking soldiers • “What day is it?” - Major William Cage “For you? Judgment Day.” - soldier Tips for parents: Lots of violence, but only a few “mild” forms of profanity. There is a creepy shot of a burning/melting face, as well as one of a fat guy’s bum….both are a bit disturbing.
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