Edge of Tomorrow, 2014 (Spoiler!!!)


I’m a huge fan of Tom Cruise. In fact, I have been a huge fan of Tom Cruise since 2001, I first saw him in Vanilla Sky at the age of 10, and decided he is my favorite actor. Over the years I’ve watched most of his movies, even his debut in the 1981 film Endless Love.

Edge of Tomorrow is an excellent movie – it is creative, entertaining, fast paced, with great costume design and visual effects, and if you haven’t read the novel, it’s not easy to predict the story. In this movie, an alien specie called Mimics has invaded Europe and there is a war going on against them by the United Defense Force (UDF). The tagline of this movie is “Live, Die, Repeat”, and in the movie we follow Tom Cruise’s role Major Cage wake up and die, again and again. Unlike Minority Report or Mission Impossible series, Tom Cruise’s role didn’t try to be a hero at first: at the very beginning of this movie Cage admitted that “I’m not a soldier, I joined ROTC and studied marketing in college to avoid being in the field.” But later he was thrust onto the frontline of the battle, accidentally killed an Alpha Mimic in his first battle and trapped in a time loop, where he relive the same day again and again but kept all the previous memories, and when he was killed in a battle, he woke up to this day again. Cage chose to train with Valkyrie Rita (Emily Blunt), who had also gone through similar time loops as Cage, to devise a plan of killing Mimics through his time loops and eventually defeated the Mimics.

My friend went to see this movie with me liked it very much too, but he felt that it has a weak ending. In the movie after Cage defeated the Mimics, the time loop was reset again and this time, Cage woke up and learned that the war has already ended. During the course of his training with Rita, Cage has already developed a love interest in Rita but had to sadly watch her die as he was trying to kill the Central Mimic. In the end, Cage’s smile when seeing Rita again in the training field indicates a “guy and girl lived happily ever after” ending, and for a great war fiction like this, we sometimes feel that a tragic ending suits it better. I agreed with him at the beginning.

After I watched the movie, I was curious about the book “All You Need Is Kill” and wondered how much difference Edge of Tomorrow is from the book. However there is not much resource on the Internet about the book, so I bought it on my Kindle and finished reading it during a 13-hour flight from JFK New York to Beijing. In the original ending, Keiji (in the book, Tom Cruise’s role Cage is a Japanese new recruit named Keiji Kiriya) had to kill Rita to win the battle. He did it, and was awarded a medal for killing over 100 Mimics in a single battle (a medal UDF originally created for Rita). Keiji also became the UDF’s poster boy because they needed someone to take Rita’s empty spot for their recruiting propaganda. After reading the book’s ending, I’d much appreciate the movie’s happy ending. The book has a better ending for a great war fiction indeed, but I simply don’t want to walk out of the theater weeping.

I imagine the alien specie and fighting scenes must look even more fantastic in 3D, however my friend and I arrived very late at the theater so we only had time to watch the last normal screening.

The best thing of this movie is unarguably Tom Cruise, he did a fantastic job playing the role of a civilian turned warrior, like a Chinese proverb that says heroism is not about some specific traits but simple acts of courage under crucial events. His sometimes funny, sometimes frightened and sometimes determined character keeps you entertained and definitely makes the 113 minutes an enjoyable experience.


Divergent, 2014


Every year my friend and I would pick a “Worst Movie of the Year”, and after Divergent, I think we have a winner for 2014.

Divergent is a not-so-smart copy of Hunger Games, and an even worse copy of Harry Potter. They should have find more people to proofread the script, because most dialogues are disconnected and made no sense.

I decided to see this movie only because I saw Maggie Q in the trailer, but it disappointed me – Maggie Q only had less than 5 minutes in total. The music should have been great, considering the main composer is Hans Zimmer (composer of The Last Samurai, Mission Impossible II and The Lion King), but it failed to meet my expectation.

I should have go see The Lunch Box instead.

I, Frankenstein 2014

Jan 27, 2014

I choose to start this new category This Week In Cinema with I, Frankenstein, because this probably is the most influential movie of the year to my boyfriend. I read some reviews the other day saying this is “the worst movie of the year,” I can’t agree. I, Frankenstein has a weak story, and bad guys are indeed defeated easily, but it at least has big guys muscles and a blonde girl.

Aaron Eckhart was fat in the 2005 movie Conversations with other Women, but here as Frankenstein, he is ripped and buff. This motivated my boyfriend to work out twice a day, and for 1 and 2 hours each.


Change your password is easy…

Linkedin won’t let me login unless I change my password.

As usual, for all “reset your password” requests, I set it to the old password I’ve been using. But this time, Linkedin won’t let me use my old password because it is “weak”. However, if I reset it to a much more complicated password, I’m sure this will be the last time for me to login my Linkedin account, because I simply can’t remember any other passwords except the one I’ve been using for all my accounts.

Same thing happened to my Apple account. About 2 years ago, Apple asked me to reset my password. The new password had to follow a certain combination, with upper case and lower case letters, numbers, special characters and cannot contain my personal information. I reset it and couldn’t remember it ever since. After that, each time I wanted to download an app, I had to reset my password once again. So my password got more and more complicated each time I download an app, until I completely got tired of resetting. In the end I switched to Android.

Though I still use my iPad, I stopped downloading new apps. I just use it to browse the Internet and tweet when I’m lying in bed.

I understand that there’s a higher risk of account being stolen associated with simple passwords. But I still believe whether to change password should be my own choice. Instead of preventing me login and forcing me to change password, Linkedin should ask me “Do you want to change your password to protect your information?” after I login, and give me an option to say “No, maybe next time.”

As a result, I will not use Linekdin from now on.