|Being released so close to the celebration of D-Day was surely intentional, as you watch the film and sense--actively and passively--the way the alien invasion in the film has been especially the first invasion on the beach with all the people dying The same tactics are being employed in the socialist-capitalist conflict as during the World War I Battle of Verdun which saw an enormous loss of life; the purpose of citing the WWI battle is to demonstrate how the "resetting history" and time that the mimics employ is not just in the film, but being played out on the stage of international politics today, but is also within the context of history, if we will just learn from what happened.|
|Repetition is another device utilized in the arts to communicate. Repetition, in an of itself, doesn't communicate, yet it provides a prelude for more impactful information. Claude E. Shannon, the father of information theory, deduced that the value of information is contained in how much of a "surprise" there is when we receive it: for example, if you look at the ten-day weather forecast for Los Angeles, and for ten days it says sunny, there is no real information in that; if, however, it's going to snow two inches on the third day, that is information because it nearly never snows in LA, so the surprise that there is going to be snow is information indeed. Edge Of Tomorrow utilizes repetition as an aesthetic, as in Groundhog Day, so seeing Cage, as in the scene above, wake up over and over and over again, communicates that he hasn't been able to figure out the next step in the plan of winning the war; when we see something new, it is information that Cage and Rita finally figured out how to get off the beach and to a vehicle. When we suddenly see them in an open field, we know, again, they have attained to a new level.|
|We have had many occasion to cite films that other films are quoting or referencing; this article, counts 8 different films that Edge Of Tomorrow references, and they are all good ones (including the reference to Rita (Blunt) as the "Full Metal Bitch," and a take off the film Full Metal Jacket; one that has been missed: Steven Spielberg's War Of the Worlds, when Ray (Cruise) holds the pin of a grenade in his hand and destroys the alien (this is discussed more below). Why do films reference other films? There are a number of reasons: one is because it helps to quickly expand the film's vocabulary. When a film wants to make a point, but doesn't want to break their pace, citing another film the film makers want the audience to consider at that point in the narrative expands the film's ability to engage with the viewer. It's also a way to "reward" the viewer for watching films that the film makers also watch, which leads us to our next point: films don't exist in isolation. Film makers watch films and they have favorite parts, just like you and I do, so citing a film is a way of making an homage to the films that they like, just as when you might drop a quote from a film in your daily life. Another further reason is to demonstrate what films the current film is wanting to "dialogue with." If you have been a reader here for awhile, I hope we have successfully communicated how films initiate and continue a dialogue about various cultural and political topics, and citing films is one way of alerting viewers to the dialogue in which a film wants to participate.|
For at least two reasons. From one perspective, we can see art (which is what the Louvre is, a huge art museum) hiding socialism: The Lone Ranger, RIPD, Maleficent, The Hunger Games, The Conjuring, etc., have all built themselves over the socialist brain child to hide it from the view of general audiences, which is why, at this blog, we--like Cage and Rita--have to go and hunt it down in the art. From a different perspective, art is the means of "uncovering the Omega," just like Edge Of Tomorrow and other films we have looked at, guiding us and directing us where to look for it and what to look for. It's ambiguous exactly how we are supposed to understand it, but either way is satisfactory--and, I think, reflecting both of the truths that we have witnessed occurring in films over the last couple of years--so both can exist at the same time without excluding the other possible reading.
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The Legend Of Hercules vs Pompeii, we compared how in Pompeii the characters could have survived, but seemed to choose death, whereas in Hercules there wasn't a chance they were going to survive and they did and prospered. That is politics, that's not a narrative, it's the difference between reminding people of the value of life, or trying to indoctrinate people into believing that life doesn't matter. Edge Of Tomorrow is a decidedly anti-socialist film, meant to inform us about what is going on and inspire us to fight against it with the end goal that things go back to how they were before our rights were molested and our Constitution spit upon. Those suggesting that Cage and Rita should have died are probably socialists, to be perfectly frank with you, and even though they wouldn't articulate what they didn't like about the film, they know it's about them and doesn't hold to their "value system" because they don't value life; at the end of the film, they have been dis-proven and they don't like that.