Déjà Cruise: 8 Classic Movie Moments Hidden in Edge of Tomorrow
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.
Like Cruise’s battle-scarred character, audiences may experience a sense of déjà vu watching the film. Edge of Tomorrow often plays like a smorgasbord of references to cinema past, with director Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) paying homage — whether intentionally or not — to a host of iconic film moments.
Here are eight of the biggest flashbacks spotted in the new film:
1. Groundhog Day
Edge draws much from the 1993 comedy classic. 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.
2. Saving Private Ryan
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. At one point Cage even suggests — while nihilistically sipping on pub beer — that it’s all happening in a beach in Normandy.
3. Tom Cruise. Running.
Tom Cruise running has become one of the major set pieces of American film. Edge gives us plenty of the running Cruise—a pose that appears in more than two-thirds of his 41 films.