The Story and Design of the Aliens and Battle Suits
The design of the aliens needs to be praised for its uniqueness from the aliens we’re used to seeing (perhaps from Predator or District 9). These are lightning-fast, roaring creatures, not the slow-moving, screeching aliens from Alien or Independence Day. Again, I won’t go in-depth on it for those of you who haven’t seen the film, but the unique power the alien race possesses is especially creative and unique to the film.
Blend of Humor, Cast Chemistry, and Gender Roles
It should also be noted that this isn’t your typical Tom Cruise vehicle: in the film he portrays a weak, confidence-lacking individual who needs a female character (Vrataski) to guide him and train him so he can successfully defeat the Mimics in battle. Emily Blunt quoted, “In these male-fueled genres, it’s usually the woman who’s holding the hand of the guy and he’s running through explosions leading her, and I wanted to be doing the leading. This was the extreme idea of what I ever thought I’d want to do” (The Big Story). Alicia Lutes, in writing an article for Bustle, referred to Blunt’s role as “refreshingly and unapologetically feminist.” She noted, “This is very much counter to the age-old ideals about ladies being the constant, delicate flowers of emotional heart-string pulling” (Bustle). So Edge of Tomorrow also succeeds in challenging the norm of gender roles in today’s films and in society in general.
2014. 11 Oct. 2014. <http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/blunt-reveals-new-toughness-edge-tomorrow>.
Lutes, Alicia. “Emily Blunt’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Role is Refreshingly &
Unapologetically Feminist.” Bustle. 6 June 2014. 11 Oct. 2014.