Great Job, Internet!: Here’s how Edge Of Tomorrow created its alien-infested Paris

Edge Of Tomorrow pleased many critics and audiences, almost to a surprising degree. People were expecting another “Tom Cruise general athletics clinic,” and they got that, but the movie delivered a lot more, blending Starship Troopers with Groundhog Day. Cruise plays against type as a cowardly, combat-averse Major, and he tries to hot-wire and jockey an alien-controlled time stream with the same amusing trial-and-error process he uses trying to control his powered battlesuit. Edge Of Tomorrow isn’t perfect, but it’s a big-budget, effects-heavy movie that’s actually fun to sit through, and that’s increasingly infrequent.

Of course, none of it would have worked if the visual effects weren’t convincing. Highly intricate alien physiology interacts with fleets of military vehicles against backdrops that were sometimes completely rendered. And those types of uphill challenges could have made Edge Of Tomorrow‘s battlefield look less like Saving Private Ryan …

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