Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow: (3 ½ stars) (2014)

The Edge of Tomorrow is the latest sci-fi action film starring Tom Cruise. He plays the role of Officer Cage, a military newsman who gets on the bad side of a certain general, General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), when he refuses a direct order and then tries to blackmail the general. He quickly finds himself arrested and deposited on the front lines of a war with the rank of private. There he encounters the other star of the film, Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). Together they must join forces to defeat a ruthless army of aliens who are slowly, methodically conquering the earth. By the beginning of the film, the aliens have already conquered most of Europe.

 

Completely out of his depth, Officer Cage finds himself in the midst of a horrible military assault on a beach. There, after a brief encounter with an even stranger alien, he dies, only to wake up back in time at the beginning of his bad day. He finds his day repeating. The same events occur as before. He is not sure how to deal with this. He finds that he still has an active will and that he can change things to a limited extent; but the outcome of the battle seems to be inevitable: the annihilation of the human forces. However, he has joined forces with Rita Vrataski, a female soldier who went through a similar experience in a prior battle. Together, perhaps, they will be able to unlock the secrets of Cage’s repeating experiences and devise a means of defeating this nearly invincible enemy.

 

Strengths: if you can accept the basic premise of the movie (time travel), this is a remarkably fun movie: lots of action, explosions, and bizarre aliens. The acting was good; the special effects were excellent, and the storyline held together well. This film effectively avoided the “I’ve seen it before so it’s boring” pitfall that can sometimes infiltrate films where time travel leading to repetitive experiences is involved. Different segments of the same day were repeated, but they were spiced up a bit with different actions and events, and then entirely new experiences were shown based on completely unique choices that Cage made. Weaknesses: I can’t really specify a particular weakness, but the overall film, while good, was not excellent. It’s nothing I can nail down in words, I just don’t think it’s worth a full five stars.

 

I’ll give The Edge of Tomorrow three and a half, or maybe even four, stars out of five.

 

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I am doing a Giveaway for The Children of Lubrochius on Goodreads:

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Children of Lubrochius by Matthew D. Ryan

The Children of Lubrochius

by Matthew D. Ryan

Giveaway ends August 11, 2014.

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Hiatus and Tour Winners

I’m taking a 2 week hiatus from this blog. Check back again around 7/14/14. Thanks.

Oh yes, I almost forgot …

The winning host of the tour was: Books and Spells.

The winning commenter of the tour was: Meri B.

Thanks to all those who participated!

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Blog Tour Stop #14

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, continues today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT A Toast To Dragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Today we have four linked sites: Mismatched Bookends(http://mismatchedbookends.blogspot.com/). Please check them out and show them your support.

 

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Blog Tour: Stop #13

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, continues today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have four linked sites: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock(http://www.pratr.wordpress.com/). Please check them out and show them your support.

 

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Blog Tour: Stop #12

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, continues today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have four linked sites: Welcome to My World of Dreams(http://www.jhthomas.blogspot.com/). Please check them out and show them your support.

 

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Blog Tour: Stop #11

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, continues today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have four linked sites: Long and Short Reviews

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Blog Tour: Stop #10

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, continues today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have four linked sites: Angels with Attitude Book Reviews(http://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com/). Please check them out and show them your support.

 

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Finally, I am running a promotion during the entire tour. My novel will be available on Smashwords for 50% off for all those using the appropriate coupon code: LX23U.

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Blog Tour: Stop #9

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, continues today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have four linked sites: Literary Lunes Magazine(http://www.literarylunespublications.com/). Please check them out and show them your support.

 

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Finally, I am running a promotion during the entire tour. My novel will be available on Smashwords for 50% off for all those using the appropriate coupon code: LX23U.

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Blog Tour Stop #8

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, continues today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have four linked sites: Room With Books

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And check out the sponsor of the tour: http://www.goddessfish.com/.

 

Finally, I am running a promotion during the entire tour. My novel will be available on Smashwords for 50% off for all those using the appropriate coupon code: LX23U.