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.
What prompted you to see this particular movie in the first place?
Though I am less concerned about Videodrome manifestos than in the past (I never bothered with “Eyes Wide Shut” for instance, despite many recommendations to see it), “Edge of Tomorrow” was recommended to in terms of esoteric issues and techniques that continue to engage my interest.
Tom Cruise yet again?!
He has been in many many "cutting edge" movies.
His Scientology background continues to baffle me. Is this more "Revelation of the Method"?
Scientology and the Anglo-American "establishment" playing both sides against the middle?
Michael, will you be writing up an exegesis of the esoteric meanings in the move? I watched it a couple evenings ago and actually found it quite thought provoking. As the protagonist endures an endless recurrence of the invasion day, his character undergoes a change from cowardly draft dodger to a man of courage and resolve. It reminded me of Nietzsche and his theory of eternal recurrence.."What if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you, `This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence - even this spider and this moon-light between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!' Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him, `You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine!"
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