Recorded on 4/22/2021

In this episode we review Edge of Tomorrow (2014) starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt & Bill Paxton. WARNING: There will be SPOILERS.

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  • Quick Synopsis

  • Released: June 6, 2014 in the United States

    Director:   Doug Liman

    Screenplay:  Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth

    Stars:  Tom Cruise (Major/Private William Cage), Emily Blunt (Sergeant Rita Vrataski, the “Angel of Verdun”), Bill Paxton (Master Sergeant Farell), Brendan Gleeson (General Brigham), Noah Taylor (Dr. Noah Carter)

    Based On The Book:  “All You Need Is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

    Plot:  A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies. Basically Groundhog’s Day meets Starship Troopers.

    How did this movie do:
    Budget:           $178  million
    Box office:      $371  million

    Initially considered a Flop: Initial box office tracking at the start of the month for the film estimated a gross between $25 million and $30 million on its opening weekend. Went on to net $90 million in North America and $220 million in other territories.

  • Notes

  • Military Mishaps

    • In the beginning they portray the aliens as always seeming to know their plans ahead of time. This doesn’t stop them from publically announcing their biggest attack, Operation Downfall, via the media.

    • Cage is a War Time Public Relations spokesman appearing all over tv…yet when he arrives at the base, nobody recognizes him.

    The Alien Enemy

    • One brain cliché when fighting the aliens

    • Conveniently picks a recognizable landmark to hide in

    • If the Omega had screwed up previously sending an Alpha into the fight (how Rita got the ability), why keep sending Alphas back into the fight zones.

    Forshadowing

    • Bill Paxton set’s up the movie theme of controlling fate
  • Trivia

    • When Hiroshi Sakurazaka wrote the novel, he got the idea from video-gaming: resetting a game over and over until finding the winning strategy.

    • It was never stated in the movie, but in the manga, the reason why Rita uses a melee weapon is because during her “resets” she would often run out of ammo, which resulted in her deaths. Keiji (in the manga) also learned about the convenience of a melee weapon and started using one. The sword looking weapon that Rita uses is actually part of a Helicopter blade.

    • While filming the car chase scene which includes a minivan, Emily Blunt was instructed to drive fast and then to take a right hand turn so that the van would shake. However, Blunt missed her mark and she drove the car right into a tree. She later said that it was both hilarious and terrifying, as she almost killed Tom Cruise, who was in the passenger seat, but both of them started laughing after the incident.

    • Tom Cruise did all his own stunts; Doug Liman said he could make an amazing career out of it.

    • During an early sequence in the film, Emily Blunt punches a young soldier who says, “Bloody hell, it’s the Full Metal Bitch!” The part was played by her real-life younger brother, Sebastian Blunt, who had a cameo in the film.

    • Doug Liman wanted to do the film because it showed a role that Tom Cruise hadn’t done yet: someone very bad at what he does.

    • Tom Cruise wanted Cage’s deaths to be terrifying as well as humorous.

    • The film was released in the U.S. on June 6, 2014, the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion during World War II.

    • The film takes place in 2020.

    • During the opening credits, Cage is making a statement on the upcoming Operation Downfall. The room behind him is NORAD command from the movie WarGames (1983).

    • A follow-up to this film is in pre-production. As of March 2020, there is no release date for Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Director Doug Liman, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are slated to resume their roles.

    • The sound design of the jacket is the same gun used in Aliens (1986).

    • Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling was originally considered for the role of Bill Cage.

    • Filming started while the script was going over multiple revisions.

    • The film makes a few references to films The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991): – Cage asks Sergeant Farell: “What day is it?” (Terminator) – Sergeant Farell answers “Judgement Day” (Terminator 2) – Actor Bill Paxton plays Master Sergeant Farell (Terminator) Rita finds the car keys of minivan hidden in the sun visor (Terminator 2).

Released: June 6, 2014 in the United States

Director:   Doug Liman

Screenplay:  Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth

Stars:  Tom Cruise (Major/Private William Cage), Emily Blunt (Sergeant Rita Vrataski, the “Angel of Verdun”), Bill Paxton (Master Sergeant Farell), Brendan Gleeson (General Brigham), Noah Taylor (Dr. Noah Carter)

Based On The Book:  “All You Need Is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Plot:  A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies. Basically Groundhog’s Day meets Starship Troopers.

How did this movie do:
Budget:           $178  million
Box office:      $371  million

Initially considered a Flop: Initial box office tracking at the start of the month for the film estimated a gross between $25 million and $30 million on its opening weekend. Went on to net $90 million in North America and $220 million in other territories.

Military Mishaps

  • In the beginning they portray the aliens as always seeming to know their plans ahead of time. This doesn’t stop them from publically announcing their biggest attack, Operation Downfall, via the media.

  • Cage is a War Time Public Relations spokesman appearing all over tv…yet when he arrives at the base, nobody recognizes him.

The Alien Enemy

  • One brain cliché when fighting the aliens

  • Conveniently picks a recognizable landmark to hide in

  • If the Omega had screwed up previously sending an Alpha into the fight (how Rita got the ability), why keep sending Alphas back into the fight zones.

Forshadowing

  • Bill Paxton set’s up the movie theme of controlling fate
  • When Hiroshi Sakurazaka wrote the novel, he got the idea from video-gaming: resetting a game over and over until finding the winning strategy.

  • It was never stated in the movie, but in the manga, the reason why Rita uses a melee weapon is because during her “resets” she would often run out of ammo, which resulted in her deaths. Keiji (in the manga) also learned about the convenience of a melee weapon and started using one. The sword looking weapon that Rita uses is actually part of a Helicopter blade.

  • While filming the car chase scene which includes a minivan, Emily Blunt was instructed to drive fast and then to take a right hand turn so that the van would shake. However, Blunt missed her mark and she drove the car right into a tree. She later said that it was both hilarious and terrifying, as she almost killed Tom Cruise, who was in the passenger seat, but both of them started laughing after the incident.

  • Tom Cruise did all his own stunts; Doug Liman said he could make an amazing career out of it.

  • During an early sequence in the film, Emily Blunt punches a young soldier who says, “Bloody hell, it’s the Full Metal Bitch!” The part was played by her real-life younger brother, Sebastian Blunt, who had a cameo in the film.

  • Doug Liman wanted to do the film because it showed a role that Tom Cruise hadn’t done yet: someone very bad at what he does.

  • Tom Cruise wanted Cage’s deaths to be terrifying as well as humorous.

  • The film was released in the U.S. on June 6, 2014, the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion during World War II.

  • The film takes place in 2020.

  • During the opening credits, Cage is making a statement on the upcoming Operation Downfall. The room behind him is NORAD command from the movie WarGames (1983).

  • A follow-up to this film is in pre-production. As of March 2020, there is no release date for Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Director Doug Liman, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are slated to resume their roles.

  • The sound design of the jacket is the same gun used in Aliens (1986).

  • Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling was originally considered for the role of Bill Cage.

  • Filming started while the script was going over multiple revisions.

  • The film makes a few references to films The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991): – Cage asks Sergeant Farell: “What day is it?” (Terminator) – Sergeant Farell answers “Judgement Day” (Terminator 2) – Actor Bill Paxton plays Master Sergeant Farell (Terminator) Rita finds the car keys of minivan hidden in the sun visor (Terminator 2).

The 3 Guys Rating

4/5

About The Movie From IMDB

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 113min | 6 June 2014 (USA) 7.9
Director: Doug LimanWriter: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez ButterworthStars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill PaxtonSummary: An alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again...and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy! Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Cast

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Cage
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Rita
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General Brigham
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Master Sergeant Farell
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Skinner
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Kimmel
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Griff
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Ford
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Kuntz
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Nance
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Takeda
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Cruel Sergeant
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Dr. Carter
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Karen Lord
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Julie

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Countries: USA, CanadaLanguages: EnglishBudget: $178,000,000 (estimated)

Quotes From The Movie

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) 113min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 6 June 2014 (USA) Summary: A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.
Countries: USA, CanadaLanguages: English

Quotes

Rita Vrataski: What do we do now?

Cage: I don't know. We've never gotten this far.


Rita Vrataski: Why does it matter what happens to me?

Cage: I wish I didn't know you, but I do.


Rita Vrataski: Come find me when you wake up!


Cage: I'm not a soldier.

Rita Vrataski: Of course not. You're a weapon.


[last lines]

Rita Vrataski: [Cage walks up to Rita] Yes? What do you want?

[Cage smiles]


Cage: [while in training] Stop! Wait, wait, wait, wait! Stop! Wait a second, wait a second! I've been thinking... I mean, this thing is in my blood. So maybe there's some way I can transfer it to you.

Rita Vrataski: I've tried everything, it doesn't work.

Cage: I mean have you tried... you know... tried ALL the options.

Rita Vrataski: Oh, you mean sex? Yeah, tried it.

Cage: ...how many times?

Rita Vrataski: Alright...

[Cage gets hit by a spinning robot]


Cage: Master Sergeant Farell, you're an American.

Master Sergeant Farell: No, sir. I'm from *Kentucky.*


Master Sergeant Farell: Battle is the Great Redeemer. It is the fiery crucible in which true heroes are forged. The one place where all men truly share the same rank, regardless of what kind of parasitic scum they were going in.


Rita Vrataski: [after Bill gets hit during training] You all right, Cage?

Cage: I think I broke something...

Rita Vrataski: What?

Cage: My back. The only thing I can feel are my lips.

Rita Vrataski: Now listen carefully. This is a very important rule. This is the only rule. You get injured on the field, you better make sure you die.

Cage: Why?

Rita Vrataski: Last time I was in combat, I was hit. I was bleeding out, just not fast enough. I woke up in a field hospital with three pints of someone else's blood and I was out. I lost the power, do you understand? Think we better start over, don't you?

Cage: What?

[Rita shoots Bill]


[repeated line]

Cruel Sergeant: On your feet, maggot!


Dr. Carter: Have you seen anything strange?

Cage: Is he shitting me?


Cage: What day is it?

Master Sergeant Farell: For you? Judgment Day.


Cage: What I am about to tell you sounds crazy, but you have to listen to me. Your very lives depend on it. You see, this isn't the first time.


Rita Vrataski: If it's all the same to you, I'm tired, I'm in pain. I'd rather just start fresh.

Kimmel: Tell you what. Take a few minutes. Coffee's ready. I'll look around for the keys. That's productive.

Rita Vrataski: Ten minutes.

Kimmel: Okay.

Rita Vrataski: And then I'm killing you.

Kimmel: Fine.


Cage: [Cage finds Rita and as he rushes towards making her fall back into the crashed aircraft] I'm sorry! I'm trying to save you. We're getting slaughtered, you need to get us off this beach.

Cage: [Rita watchs him in shock as Cage points his weapon up to shoot the Mimic that's about to attack them] We have to go. This drop ship is about to explode. We have to go now!

Cage: [he helps Rita stand and rushes forward but stops as he sees another Mimic] Wait.

Cage: [he shoots at the Mimic] Come on!

Cage: [Cage rushes out of the aircraft and shoots at the wounded Mimic killing it, Rita watches him as she slowly walks out of the aircraft] Come on!

Cage: [as Cage moves on ahead Rita stops just by the aircraft watching Cage] Come on! This ship is going to explode!

Cage: [Rita drops her weapon to the ground] What are you doing?

Rita Vrataski: Find me when you wake up.

Cage: What?

Rita Vrataski: Come find me when you wake up...

[suddenly the aircraft explodes killing them both]


Cage: [Being put into his 'new jacket' suit] Listen, man, I've never been in one of these.

Griff: Yeah, well, I've never been with two girls at the same time before. But you can bet, when that day comes, I'll make it work.


[after Cage gets killed attempting to roll under a speeding truck]

Master Sergeant Farell: What the hell were you thinking?


Master Sergeant Farell: Knock off the grab ass!

Cage: Grab this, Sarge!

Master Sergeant Farell: Hold up! Drop and give me...

Cage: Fifty, Sarge?

Master Sergeant Farell: That's right, fifty. Platoon! Drop and give me fifty, compliments of Private Cage.


Rita Vrataski: We should just reset.


Master Sergeant Farell: Two minutes to drop, it's all right to be scared. Remember, there is no courage without fear.


Skinner: [in the helicopter] Hey, Mate! I think there's something wrong with your suit. There's a dead guy in it.

[laughs aloud]


Master Sergeant Farell: Take care of Private Cage.

Griff: What, all day?

Master Sergeant Farell: Something tells me it won't be nearly that long.


Master Sergeant Farell: I see everyone is having a productive morning. You know it gives me a swell of pride knowing soldiers of your... caliber will be leading the charge tomorrow. Tip of the spear. Edge of the knife.

[Sees the card game sticking out under the sheet]

Master Sergeant Farell: Crack of my ass.


[repeated line]

Master Sergeant Farell: Drop or die!


Cage: [to Griff] I need three more clips of five-five-six, eight grenades and an extra battery.

[Griff hesitates]

Cage: Get it.


Cage: I'm hit, I'm hit. How bad is it?

Rita Vrataski: [while taking Cage's battery pack] You've got a hole in your chest.

Cage: Did you just take my... battery, battery pack?

Cage: [sees a mimic spinning out the ground towards him] No, no, no, no, no... HOLY FU...

[wakes up again on the tarmac at Heathrow]


Dr. Carter: Rita! Rita! What is this? What are you doing here? Look, who's this guy?

Rita Vrataski: He's me...

Rita VrataskiCage: ...before Verdun.

Dr. Carter: What... what do you mean? He's...?

Rita Vrataski: Yes! Yes!

Dr. Carter: When did he die? Where?

Rita Vrataski: On the beach, tomorrow.

Cage: I'm Bill Cage, you're Dr. Carter, we've had this conversation before. You have two fingers behind your back. I've had the visions, I've seen the Omega.


Griff: Where's your helmet?

Cage: Never wear one. It's a distraction.


Master Sergeant Farell: Here they come, mean as hell and thick as grass!


Cage: You don't talk much.

Rita Vrataski: I'm not a fan.

Cage: Of talking?

Rita Vrataski: Not a fan of talking. No.

Cage: You know, you eventually do talk to me. It's usually around Lyons. You tell me about the time you went there with your family. Your brother got lost.

Rita Vrataski: I've never been to Lyons.

Cage: You tell me your middle name. Peyton.

Rita Vrataski: That's not my middle name.

Cage: You find your brother in the arcade, by the way.


Cage: [in dire situation] We've been through worse.


Master Sergeant Farell: Can I help you, sir?

Cage: [looks confused]

[talks solemnly]

Cage: Sergeant Farell?

Master Sergeant Farell: [Takes a glimpse at the tag name on his own uniform] That is my name.

[smiles]

Master Sergeant Farell: I think I get it, what was it? Poker night? Bachelor party?

Cage: [Still looks confused]

[talks solemnly]

Cage: You know, I'm not sure.


Ford: Hey, you better watch your back out there... sir.

Nance: 'Cuz no one else will.


[Cage is trying to convince J-Squad to come with him to kill the Omega]

Griff: Why would we follow him into combat?

Cage: I don't expect you to follow me. I expect you to follow her.

[Rita Vrataski steps into the scene]

Griff: That's the Full Metal Bitch.

[direct reference to Rita Vrataski's character in the original novel, "All You Need is Kill"]


Rita Vrataski: Have I got something on my face, soldier?


Rita Vrataski: You're a good man, Cage. I wish I had the chance to know you better.


Cage: I'm going to tell you a story. It's going to sound ridiculous. The longer I talk, the more rational it's going to appear.


Nance: Oh for Christ's sake, Kimmel!

Kimmel: I gotta be free, man!


Cage: Are you an American?

Master Sergeant Farell: No, *sir*. I'm from *Kentucky*.

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