By Michael Hoffman
While it’s not exactly a Rosetta Stone of the sub-rosa, nonetheless, the epistemology at the center of the movie "Edge of Tomorrow,” which is being officially released to American theatres by Warner Bros. on D-Day, 2014, is intriguing on a couple of levels.
At first glance it resembles another assembly line, CGI summer blockbuster, with Tom Cruise in the lead, yet in the midst of the pro forma mayhem and other visual appeals to adolescent boys, is an epistemology of conspiracy theory and a doctrine of eternal recurrence as manifested in a ubiquitous youthful pastime which I will not mention because it would be a spoiler.
There is about ten to fifteen seconds of sexual innuendo, and other than that, it's practically chaste. The violence is of the antiseptic kill-the-aliens variety, rather than beheadings and evisceration of humans.
I bought the cheapest ticket -- no 3D or Imax. I was there for the message, not the medium. There are some lessons here, at the surface as well as closer to the bottom of the waters where dwells the "Omega."
I recommend you do not consult reviews or anyone who has seen "Edge of Tomorrow." The less you know about this film going in the better in terms of the arcana being imparted, which appears beguilingly simple once the viewer gets the drift of the mystery.
As for what is being conveyed, I’ll leave that discernment to the viewer, who can revisit the subject again, and again, and...
"Edge of Tomorrow." Directed by Doug Liman; written by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, from the novel “All You Need Is Kill,” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka; director of photography, Dion Beebe; edited by James Herbert; music by Christophe Beck; production design by Oliver Scholl; costumes by Kate Hawley; visual effects supervisor, Nick Davis; produced by Erwin Stoff, Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Gregory Jacobs and Jason Hoffs; released D-Day, June 6, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures. Running time: 1 hour 53 minutes.
WITH: Tom Cruise (Cage), Emily Blunt (Rita), Bill Paxton (Farell), Brendan Gleeson (Brigham), Jonas Armstrong (Skinner), Tony Way (Kimmel), Kick Gurry (Griff), Franz Drameh (Ford), Dragomir Mrsic (Kuntz) and Charlotte Riley (Nance).
Rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned).
Hoffman is the editor of Revisionist History newsletter and the author of Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare; a sequel is due in 2015.