Pointless Nonsense

Posted in movies by Bill on June 9, 2014

edgeoftomorrowEdge of Tomorrow is the poorly titled Tom Cruise movie in which he dies a lot and keeps resetting back to the beginning like a video game. It’s pretty ok, but far from great. The ending is pretty unsatisfying, at least one time travel thing seems like a cheat, and the alien enemies look kinda dumb and aren’t an interesting adversary at all, but they get a lot of mileage (and comedy) out of the looping gimmick, and manage not to rip off Groundhog Day too badly in the process. Plus Emily Blunt looks pretty good in this.

Apparently, it’s based on a Japanese YA novel type thing (I lacked the patience to read up on what the hell a Light Novel is, but it sounded like a short-ish novel for teens), so naturally Hollywood saw a story about a Japanese guy and thought it was important that some white guy star in it. So that kinda sucks.


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  1. margethelarge said, on June 9, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Nothing quite like whitewashing, am I right?

    I don’t like how homogenous movies can be. Like Americans can only relate to Americans, and only really with people that look like them

  2. joseph jeong said, on June 15, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Light novels are basically novellas (short novels) that are serialized like manga in Japan. So instead of releasing the novella immediately, the story is released on chapter at a time in a weekly (usually) publication, and then collected into a book after the story is complete.

    I’ve been meaning to watch the anime version of this, thanks for reminding me.

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