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'Groundhog Day' in Power Armor is my Spirit Animal: 'Edge of Tomorrow' Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | December 12, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | December 12, 2013 |

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ has three demonstrated quantities of good science fiction: power armor, time loops, and Emily Blunt. It also has Tom Cruise for what it’s worth. I know lots of people defend his films, saying that his personal weirdness shouldn’t negate the fact that he’s a good actor, but I question how much of his “acting” involves just being really really really intense, almost as if he’s channeling an epic defecation.

But hey, give the guy some power armor already, I’m not that picky.

We’ve got the trailer here for ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, which sounded much niftier under it’s original title of ‘All You Need is Kill’.

Ok so forget the timeloop, this is the most literal interpretation of a video game movie I’ve ever seen. He just keeps playing the same level over and over again, getting better and better at it, embedding into muscle memory where the next attack comes from, and which way to twitch at which moment. Which is sort of clever, except that at the same time it’s just cliche to anyone who plays video games for a hobby. Ooh, there should be a video game adaptation of this in which there is only one level that you play over and over again. Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s who have no understanding of video games think they are anyway.

I also don’t quite understand how it’s a metaphor for the evils of psychiatry, but I’m sure I’ll get there.

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