Paul Verhoeven is accustomed to pushing moviegoers out of their comfort zones. The Netherlands-born director has crafted some of Hollywood’s most provocative blockbusters, from RoboCop to Starship Troopers. Since premiering at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, Elle has received rave reviews as well as more measured reactions for its depiction of a woman who doesn’t exactly follow traditional societal norms.
In Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise tumbles into a hellish point in the time-space continuum where his character – Cage – must battle a race of superfast, goo-oozing aliens over and over again. As it did with Bill Murray’s character, reconciling himself with life in an infinite loop takes Cruise’s Cage through the stages of mourning — from disbelief to frustration to despair and eventually acceptance. Cage is forced to relive a brutal beach battle highly reminiscent of D-Day’s battle for Omaha Beach, and director Steven Spielberg’s portrayal of that battle specifically.