Edge of Tomorrow came out in 2014, an American science fiction action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, based on a screenplay adapted from the 2004 Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The film takes place in a future where Earth is invaded by an alien race. Cruise plays Bill Cage, a public relations officer with no combat experience, who is ordered by his superior to film the first wave of a crucial landing operation against the aliens. Though Cage is killed in combat, he finds himself in a time loop that sends him back to the day preceding the battle every time he dies. Cage teams up with Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt) in seeking a way to defeat the extraterrestrials.
I saw it when it first came out in the theaters, but lately I was able to record it and I’ve been watching it over and over and over, sort of like the premise of the film. Edge of Tomorrow is a story about how the main character, Cage, must repeat the same day over and over and over until he finally defeats the alien invaders.
Why, you might wonder, do I keep watching Edge of Tomorrow repeatedly? Well… it’s because I’m trying to learn something. Just like the character in the story… I’m trying to learn something that will change the course of my life.
I wasn’t even sure myself why I was so attracted to the film, aside from the obvious. It’s just a fun movie. But I was pretty sure there was something more that was drawing me to it. So I kept watching it and asking myself, why am I so drawn to the story?
Then I realized what it was. It’s because real life is so much like the movie — waking up in the same place at the same time every day under the same circumstances. After a while, it makes me feel like I’m going crazy. Something has to change!
I’ve been working a temp job in an office and I realized that life is like a battle every day. Every morning, we get up and go into battle. Every night, we die to the world, then are reborn again in the morning. In the battle, every day they land on the beach and have to kill mimics.
Mimics? What an odd choice of names for the aliens. What do you think of your co-workers when you look around at them?
They’re probably not quite as scary as the alien creatures in Edge of Tomorrow, but I realized that my own inner demons, like fears and insecurities, are at least as scary as the mimics, especially the Alphas.
It’s not really that we go to battle with our co-workers so much as that we are always going to battle with our own fears and insecurities. I think that’s what this story is really about and why I’m so drawn to it.
So I follow the story, hour by hour, as I make it through my own daily battle, studying the dialogue and wondering, “What could I do differently today that could change the course of my life?”