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Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) — Cruise Keeps Dying, Doesn’t Stop Running, in Smart and Gripping Sci-Fi Spectacle

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In the near future, alien creatures — known as Mimics — have conquered most of mainland Europe, with global domination in mind. A last-ditch assault is planned by the military: a surprise attack on France, fueled by the addition of weaponised ‘Jackets’ worn by human soldiers. After attempting to weasel out of front-line deployment, Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is apprehended and knocked out by military general Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), who dumps him with the infantry unit J-Squad en-route to the invasion. The cowardly Cage winds up in an explosion with an advanced Mimic known as an Alpha, and the Alpha’s caustic blood spills over Cage as he dies. Cage wakes aboard the same vessel on the day before the battle. Confusion sets in as he repeatedly dies on the battlefield and awakes the day before, stuck in an infinite loop. With the assistance of war hero Rita Vrataski, the “Full Metal Bitch” (Emily Blunt), Cage realises his curse may be the key to victory over the Mimics.

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This Week in Trailers: The Internship, Oblivion. Trance, Sanitarium, More

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Oblivion – International Trailer

This is the second generic — albeit not as generic as the first — trailer for the future-dystopia-sci-fi adventure directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), based on his own graphic novel of the same name. While the first trailer had a definite WALL-E vibe, this one just feels like a re-hashed Matrix: did Morgan Freeman steal those glasses directly from Lawrence Fishburne?

Also of note: is this a Tom Cruise action movie trailer where they aren’t showing Tom Cruise running? Outrageous!

Oblivion strolls to Australian cinemas on April 11.

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The Internship – Trailer

Okay, let’s be honest here: this looks terrible. This looks shockingly terrible, and it’s sad to see how far a duo that I used to find somewhat entertaining — in Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn — have fallen.

Most of the jokes here are about how old they are, despite the fact they are dudes in their 40’s who could easily pass off as mid-30’s. They can nonchalantly recite all the Terminator films (series spanning 1984-2009), yet are clueless as to whom Professor Xavier is (series spanning 2000-2011, first appearance in 1963). The jokes could have possibly made more sense with an older starring cast, such as Jack Nicholson and Alan Alda (but probably not).

Directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel), and co-starring Rose Byrne and John Goodman (both appearing well below standard), The Google Movie — aka The Internship — opens in Australia on June 13.


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Retro Review: Legend (1985)

This article was published on the original Sorry I’m Late.com on 30/08/09.

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Legend is director Ridley Scott’s attempt at 80’s style fantasy, starring Ferris Bueller’s Mia Sara as Princess Lili and as her love interest a pre-Top Gun Tom Cruise as forest dweller Jack. In a convoluted series of events, Jack takes Lili to see some sacred unicorns – which he shouldn’t for some reason – and then she proceeds to touch one – which she shouldn’t for some reason. This turn of events leads minions of the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry, in top form) to chop off the stallion’s horn – an item of coveted power – and kidnap Princess Lili, both to be brought before Darkness in a master plan to bring eternal night to the world. Now the ‘heroic‘ Jack, aided by his misfit band of elves and dwarves, must rescue the princess and save the world from its inevitable pitch-black doom.

The massive problem with this movie, and there are copious issues, is the fact that it takes so much pleasure in being so damn dark that there’s minimal fun to be had – a crucial element of fantasy. Take similar genre films from the time – Labyrinth had the music, Willow and Princess Bride had charm and characterisation, and the one thing that they all shared was a sense of wonder. Legend is too dark and scary for children yet the plot and pacing is too juvenile for adults.

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