10 Things Guys Should Know About “Edge of Tomorrow”

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10 Things Guys Need To Know About Edge of Tomorrow

The critics were all set to goof on how much fun it is to watch Tom Cruise get killed multiple times–but it turns out that Edge of Tomorrow is getting the good reviews that the sci-fi film deserves. The movie manages to really pay off its high concept of a futuristic soldier who keeps reliving the same day of an alien invasion.

You don’t have to worry about getting stuck with boring characters, either. Cruise’s overaged grunt is really a smarmy military officer, and he does a fine job with his character’s arc as an unlikely hero. But nobody wants to talk about Tom Cruise’s (underrrated) acting skills after a movie. So here are some non-spoilerish things that a guy can take into Edge of Tomorrow to have some informed conversation afterwards…

Edge of Tomorrow is so good that it really deserves to have kept the title of the graphic novel that it’s based on–but focus groups said differently….

Groundhog Day is the obvious comparison, but you’ll look smarter if you go with Source Code–which is a cool movie that deserved more attention back in 2011.

As noted, Edge of Tomorrow really started out as a Japanese graphic novel (or manga) called All You Need Is Kill–so you can look really geeky if you skip movie references and say that the movie’s actual influence was the Japanese graphic novel The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which can be traced back all the way to 1967. They made a movie out of that, too…

Lots of bonus points go to Emily Blunt, who’s totally believable as a legendary soldier even though she looks just like Emily Blunt. It helps that they keep her crammed into bulky armor–and the fantastic plot actually helps to make her character a lot more believable.

You’ll recognize the voice, but we’ll save you some confusion by noting that Bill Paxton doesn’t look like this anymore…

Bill Paxton Twister

This is what The Louvre looks like, in case you ever need to know. That’s kind of important, because our planet would’ve been doomed if Earth depended on COED staffers to recognize some museum in Paris…

The evil aliens in Edge of Tomorrow look a lot more lethal than in the original manga, but we’re thinking that their big-budget scariness owes a lot to the low-budget monsters of 2011’s Attack the Block. That means supporting actor Franz Drameh has twice been chased by monsters with mouths that look like this…

Attack the Block

Token Game of Thrones actor: Tony Way, in what’s probably the most thankless role that an actor will have this year. You’ll remember him as this guy…

Dontos Hollard

Oh, yeah–there’s also this guy…

And if you’re seeing the movie in 3D, check out the amazing closing credits. There’s no post-credit scene. We just like how the graphics look really neat, and are obviously influenced by the closing credits to all of the Marvel Studios movies. The Fault With Our Stars won’t have that kind of action…

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