- Posted June 6, 2014 by
Los Angeles, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
iReport at the movies
- Review of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” from The Hobbit Marathon
- Doing what you have to do to get the picture
- Screening of “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Q&A
- Police and security are becoming paranoid – Security at the Hobbit LA Premiere
- “Still Alice” screening and Q&A with Julianne Moore and Wash Westmoreland
“Edge of Tomorrow” otherwise known as “Window of Opportunity” originally from Stargate SG-1
“Window of Opportunity” was an episode from tv series Stargate SG-1 based on a time loop scenario where team members repeated the same situation over and over again gathering knowledge with each loop until every scenario imagined worked itself out, then they were prepared for anything that could be thrown at them. This is the entire premise of Tom Cruise’s “Edge of Tomorrow”
Tom Cruise is not only good, but you have Cruise in his best form in the feature film. Unfortunately American audiences will not appreciate what they’re seeing. Intended for a global audience, this film was released overseas prior to the US release.
We were attendees at Marche du Film during the Cannes Film Festival. Much of the conversation was about how when it comes to action features the U.S. market is no longer a primary market. If it does well in the U.S. good, but it’s no longer a priority of the studios to make huge profits in the U.S. market. While the rest of the world loves 3D, there were 3D features from around the world everywhere at Cannes and Marche du Film, in the U.S.A. they totally hate 3D. Part of this can be explained that the American audience was brought up on cinema and the American audience when they see 3D, see bad 3D. Still after years of 3D, most of 3D productions originating in the U.S., still have no desire to shoot 3D as 3D is meant to be shot. This being, the rest of the world will accept anything done in 3D no matter how good or bad it looks, they just want to see 3D.
In the late 1940s through 1950s all they cared about was seeing something on their tv screen, which is what you see in 3D in the rest of the world. They just want to see 3D, which is what the studios are giving them. There is no such thing as a good 3D, you can’t shoot in 2D and convert to 3D in an action movie. What looks good in 2D does not translate well.
“Edge of Tomorrow” is listed as a $178 million dollar movie. The problem with that figure is that most of the movie is the same scene repeated over and over again. Once you have shot the scene, you add additions or subtractions to what you have shot for the time loop. The cost should be minute, so the question is where did $178 million go?
It’s a good movie, filled with action that had virtually no one in the theater. We selected our seats only 10 minutes prior to the movie starting with only 20 people in the theater, including us.
Would we pay to see this movie? Yes, we did. It’s a movie intended for the big screen and is seen best on as large of screen as possible.