ALL PAWS ON DECK – Cletus, a yellow lab, looks out from the deck of the F/V Jackpine this morning as ANB Harbor empties out. Today is the opening of the summer troll season and with good weather much of the Sitka fleet is now out on the fishing grounds. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

The Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

By Daniel Olbrych   

It’s no simple task to make a action movie in this age. We are oversaturated by all things. The same goes for science fiction and Tom Cruise. We’ve seen it all.
    And yet, here we have “Edge of Tomorrow,” a film that you may have written off because it’s yet another Tom Cruise sci-fi summer event. But I assure you that “Edge of Tomorrow” is the breath of fresh air the genre so desperately needed, an unstoppable force of creativity and awesome.
    Aside from the Michael Mann film “Collateral,” I cannot recall watching Tom Cruise die in a movie. Ever. And even then, it’s still only implied. Just maybe he rode that train all the way to a hospital. With “Edge,” Cruise makes up for years of being bullet proof in a single stride. Tom Cruise dying is the crux of the film, so even if you don’t like him you might find yourself having a good time.
    Cruise’s performance is right up there with his best work. Not “Magnolia,” no, not as nuanced, but as far as his action fare goes, he’s at the top of his game. And surprisingly, he’s often funny. It’s interesting to see character growth despite the window of time being so limited. Thanks to the “Groundhog Day”-like mechanics, Cruise is on repeat until events go the way they need to go.
    A lot of the reason why Cruise comes off as so likeable is thanks to Emily Blunt. I mean, she fights giant tentacle aliens with a sword ... What more could you want? She is a magnificent heroine. Blunt and Cruise are like repealing magnets, dancing around each other, playing off each other’s strengths and driving the other to keep fighting. Blunt’s tenacity oddly serves as a comedic tool as well.

Doug Liman (“Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “The Bourne Identity”) really had his finger on the pulse of “Edge of Tomorrow.” There is an intricate understanding of how it should work. Action, comedy, science fiction meld into a rare beast of a blockbuster. The end result is a movie that really succeeds on every level. At times “Edge of Tomorrow” is complete lunacy, the idea, visually, but Liman brilliantly handles it all. Madness in check equals genius.
    It has all the spectacle you can handle and then some. No doubt, this is a summer movie. But more importantly, “Edge of Tomorrow” has real lasting quality. It doesn’t pander to the stupid. There is a lot going on at times and “Edge” doesn’t stop to bring the audience up to speed, it just pushes forward.
    Such sound action movies are rare. And it’s also wonderful to see an original property. One that’s not a sequel, remake, or superhero film be daring. There is nothing safe about an abstract action movie. But the nontraditional “Edge of Tomorrow” is nothing short of amazing. I only wish this level of creativity and passion applied to more films.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-1-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Monday: 38

Total statewide – 978

Total (cumulative) deaths – 14

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (5 resident; 3 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 11 (8 resident; 3 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 68.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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