What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Edge of Tomorrow is a thought-provoking sci-fi thriller that steers clear of some of the usual action-movie cliches -- mainly that women are damsels in distress in need of rescuing -- and presents both strong female and male lead characters (played by Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise). Expect a constant barrage of intense, chaotic combat as humans battle aliens: Soldiers are bombed, shot, obliterated by fallen debris, blown up by explosives, mangled by creepy aliens, and more. Not a lot of blood is seen, but many, many characters die -- including the main one, who dies over and over (most frequently via a gun to the head) as he learns how to defeat his enemies. There's also some swearing (including "s--t," "bitch," and one use of "f--k") and kissing.
- Families can talk about how time is manipulated in Edge of Tomorrow. Does it remind you of any other movies? How is it different? Does the movie adhere to the "rules" of time travel?
- Rita is a strong female character. How often do you see women like her in action movies? What about movies in other genres?
- Talk about the impact of the movie's violence. How does it compare to what you might see in a horror movie? Does it matter that so much of it is large-scale/over the top?