Polished Edge: A great sci-fi movie with an ‘edge’
Recently released, “Edge of Tomorrow” is an impressive flick in the science-fiction/alien-invasion genre. It has only one serious flaw, which I’ll describe later.
The story leaps into the near future, displaying the next generation of air-assault infantry geared up with exo-skeletal power suits. Humans are at war against a vast number of vicious creatures that landed in Europe in meteors and quickly seized much of the continent. The troops are delivered into a much-anticipated invasion of coastal France (the movie’s release around the 70th anniversary of the real D-Day couldn’t have been coincidental) from Britain by huge tilt-rotor aircraft inspired by the U.S. CV-22 Osprey. This invasion, however, goes very badly -- and in that regard, reminded me of Heinlein’s classic sci-fi novel “Starship Troopers” more than the cheesy ’90s movie (built around a gratuitous co-ed, shower-room sequence) of that name did.
Actor Tom Cruise begins “Edge of Tomorrow” as a fast-talking weasel in uniform and ends it as the globe-saving hero. Along the way, he frequently begs co-star Emily Blunt, a lean and mean, high-tech Joan of Arc figure (her signature weapon is a metal blade converted from an aircraft rotor), not to kill him when he messes up. But, she pulls out her handgun when necessary and does it anyway -- because alien-introduced time travel makes it okay.
Interestingly, this weekend saw online comments at one major American news website firmly divided between those who saw the movie -- and liked it -- and those who refused to spend money on a movie whose male lead is a poster child for a controversial cult. Yes, I’m prejudiced, too: Cruise’s membership in Scientology is double-plus ungood. However, I put that aside for the non-stop escapist fare of “Edge.” Like it or not, there is no actor today who does these sci-fi action roles better than Cruise.
The movie’s “one serious flaw” that I mentioned above?
Just this: that liberal Hollywood cannot resist politicizing movies; in this case, by slipping Hillary Clinton into a faux news clip of world leaders meeting to discuss the war. Get it: Hillary is U.S. president during the alien invasion? (Don’t blink; her brief movie appearance almost is subliminal. Hmm...) In my view, Grandma Benghazi is a greater threat to America than is Scientology.
The aliens are scary and the violence is frequent and loud -- “Edge of Tomorrow” is not for little kids.
Martin Kufus, a former Russian-speaking paratrooper in the Army, was the WCN news editor and senior reporter from 1997 to 2002. He also was the assistant editor of Soldier of Fortune magazine in Boulder, Colo., 1995-97.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
South Texas Living Archives
A creepy Halloween party appetizer (October 19, 2016)
Applying for Social Security (October 19, 2016)
Chili Cook-off to benefit Wilson County youth (October 19, 2016)
DRT joins Heritage Music Festival (October 19, 2016)
DRT to meet Oct. 24 in Kerrville (October 19, 2016)
Enjoy Harvest Festival in Marion (October 19, 2016)
Enter Pecan Bake Show (October 19, 2016)
Little Golden Books (October 19, 2016)
Make plans for Halloween fun and fall fests (October 19, 2016)
Meeting the needs of the community: St. Vincent de Paul (October 19, 2016)
R&B legend opens Carver season Oct. 29 (October 19, 2016)
Readers share their spooky tales, part two (October 19, 2016)
Road Runners plan Oct. 22 group run (October 19, 2016)
See country legends Oct. 22 (October 19, 2016)
Try your hand at square dancing (October 19, 2016)
Turn yard waste into gardener’s gold (October 19, 2016)
Baptist church to ring in 100 years (October 12, 2016)
Church plans Junk and Treasure Sale (October 12, 2016)
Comal Country Music Show is Oct. 18 (October 12, 2016)
Davy Crockett (October 12, 2016)
Enjoy fried chicken in Poth Oct. 23 (October 12, 2016)
Enjoy this flashy winter resident (October 12, 2016)
Join in the 2016 Rosary Crusade (October 12, 2016)
National Charity League plans celebration (October 12, 2016)
New program increases student knowledge of E-cigarette dangers (October 12, 2016)
Play bunco in La Vernia Oct. 22 (October 12, 2016)
Pondering a poignant letter from the past (October 12, 2016)
Save the date for Oct. 22 March for Life (October 12, 2016)
Should you redeem old savings bonds? (October 12, 2016)
Show Barn Cook-off approaching (October 12, 2016)
Sutherland Springs Old Town Day (October 12, 2016)
The business of aging grows more complex (October 12, 2016)
Try your luck at China Grove Lions Club Casino Night (October 12, 2016)
Atascosa County Craft Show seeks vendors (October 5, 2016)
Beautify your landscape with cacti (October 5, 2016)
Experience Oktoberfest in San Antonio (October 5, 2016)
Gilded peanuts and golden memories — recalling past Floresville Peanut Festivals (October 5, 2016)
Japan Fest set for Oct. 16 (October 5, 2016)
Meal service delivery options for seniors who don’t cook (October 5, 2016)
Oktoberfest comes to Floresville Oct. 15 (October 5, 2016)
Past Pirate champions will never be forgotten (October 5, 2016)
Readers share their ‘spooky’ tales (October 5, 2016)
Sacred Springs PowWow (October 5, 2016)
Shorter teapot (October 5, 2016)
Sinatra tribute comes to Kerrville (October 5, 2016)
Stockdale librarian updates Blue Bonnet Club members (October 5, 2016)
Sunnyside 4-H Bake Sale (October 5, 2016)
Time for turkey in Cestohowa (October 5, 2016)