A lot of people don’t seem to understand the ending to the film Edge of Tomorrow, also known as Live Die Repeat, based on a light Japanese novel entitled All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
Starring Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise, the film details the battle between humanity and what are called the Mimics have invaded earth via meteorite and taken a stronghold inside Germany. By the time of the film’s present day, they have spread over much of Europe, including the western boundaries of France. Cage, Cruise’s character, is demoted into combat for treason on the first day of the Allied invasion of Europe, and finds himself battling the Mimics up close and first hand. Only then he dies, absorbing the blood of freshly dead Alpha mimic. Cage is now able to wake up the same day of his death, unharmed, hence the title Live Die Repeat. Cage, during on his pre-battle episodes, then locates Blunt’s character, the famed fighter Major Vrataski, who too has her own past encounters with Alphas and their wicked time traveling, although her ability was lost when she was given a blood transfusion after being wounded in battle.
Regardless, the ending seems very clear. Cage and Blunt track down the Omega, the source of the Mimics power, and kill it with explosives. Cage is injured again, absorbs the blood of the Omega this time,and then dies, all in a space of a few moments. Thus, he wakes up that morning with the war over and the Mimics dead. And yet people don’t understand this ending, prompting McQuarrie to recently post this on twitter:
The end of Edge I will finally make complete sense.
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) June 18, 2017
My take: the ending makes sense if you think about it and the film doesn’t deserve an ending based on the audiences misunderstanding, or should I say, failure to understand the film’s ending. Cage kills the mimic and they all die, but because he can reset time with his death, he’s transported back to that morning, taking the deaths of the mimics with him. Not exactly rocket science as they say, and making a sequel off of the ending is just stupid. Cruise needs to quit while he’s still barely ahead.