Today I went to see “Edge of Tomorrow.” And tomorrow I might go see it again, even though I don’t expect to “die” before I repeat the experience. This is exactly what the movie,”Edge of Tomorrow” is about. It depicts a character who starts out unable to fulfill his destiny because he’s afraid of it, but is forced into it anyway. In this “time travel” story, he must repeat his life (or at least a certain segment of it) over and over again until he learns what he’s supposed to learn.
I can’t say I had big hopes for this film. I was sadly disappointed by the latest versions of Spiderman, Captain America, and Man of Steel, though I love the strong, smart female characters, and I haven’t even bothered with X-Men, because Hollywood has become explosion happy. That’s all these action movies seem to be anymore, just fighting and blowing things up. I want to know where the story is.
So, with small hopes, I went to see “Edge of Tomorrow,” and was pleasantly surprised. Yes, it’s a sci-fi action flick with Tom Cruise, but don’t be fooled. It not only has a fascinating story, it’s underlying premise is actually very spiritual.
We keep repeating the same things over and over and over again until we learn what we’re supposed to learn. I didn’t really get how spiritual it was until a scene in which (Cruise) Gage tries to stop the forward movement and just enjoy the moment with his fellow comrade Rita (Emily Blunt). When she figures out he’s just stalling, she races ahead and dies (don’t worry she comes back to life because they have to repeat the same things over and over until they learn what they’re supposed to learn).
Don’t read further if you don’t want to know anything about the ending.
I really “got it” when they finally kill their enemy and yet he still comes back again to repeat, but this time he’s not even the same person he was to begin with. He’s no longer driven by fear. He’s courageous and passionate, embracing his destiny full-on.
That’s what life is trying to teach us. We keep living the same things over and over until we learn what we’re supposed to learn. Yet the lesson is really very simple. Always live from love, not fear. If you’re afraid, you won’t move in the direction of your destiny. You’ll just keep repeating the same patterns over and over and over again. As the saying goes, “Where ever you go, there you are.” Change yourself. The rest will take care of itself.
I give Edge of Tomorrow five stars. If you’ve seen it and want to share your thoughts, please comment.