Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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Question: Why do they call the aliens Mimics when we never see them actually mimic anything?

dizzyd

Chosen answer: First it should be noted that this film is based on the Japanese novel "All You Need is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, which is where the term "mimics" come from and could be something lost in translation (they adapted to alien planet environments by mimicking the biology of the planet's life, not necessarily making themselves look like a certain species). However, in the film itself it, was said the aliens "mimic our every action", militarily speaking. This is of course because the aliens were resetting the timeline when an alpha died and knew what the military would do, but to the military (and news reporters) it looked like they were just copying our fighting style.

Bishop73

Question: When Cage enters the dam building something past the plant moves. What is it? Looks like a mop head.

Chosen answer: It must be either a piece of equipment that someone noticed was in the shot, and tried to move out of the way in time. Or some sort of reference marker for Tom Cruise to take a cue from and point his gun at.

Scott Benham

Question: When Cage wakes up the last time after killing the Omega, he arrives in London before his first meeting with Brigham to find the war is over, but he did not destroy the Omega in Paris until the night after he met Brigham and got busted to private. How is this timeline explained?

Chosen answer: Because they don't destroy the Omega the night after Cage meets with the General, they destroy it that night of the day Cage meets the General. Cage wakes up, visits Rita, visits the Dr., then goes back to the General, wakes up later that day in the hospital with powers gone, escapes and gets J squad, goes to the Louvre and destroys the Omega. This is all done before the large battle that was to take place the morning after Cage meets the General. This is shown by the fact that while lining up to go to the war, Sergeant Farell says "Where is J squad?!?" So when Cage dies after destroying the Omega, he wakes up at the moment when he began the day, which was on the helicopter.

Scott Benham

Question: At one point Rita says she "had it and then lost it." How does she know she became mortal again? The only way Cage knows he's immortal is by dying and then waking up again.

Chosen answer: Cage and Rita have a connection to the Omega. It gets stronger the longer they go on. Rita lost the connection, so she knew it was gone.

MasterOfAll

Question: When Cage dies the day resets - but in the scene where Cage was run over by the truck they cut back to Sergeant Farell who says something like "well look at that" - so when exactly does the day reset?

Chosen answer: The day resets from the moment Cage dies to the moment he wakes up at the base. Presumably being hit by the truck mortally wounded him, but he didn't die for a few seconds.

Question: For the DVD release, the cover has the words LIVE DIE REPEAT in large letters while EDGE OF TOMORROW is in a very small print. Why? Was there a title change?

Chosen answer: Warner Brothers decided to re-brand the film due to its poor performance at the box office. They felt the title let it down and hoped the new name (using the tagline) would help DVD sales.

Question: I don't understand what the device was that Cage and Rita had to steal. How exactly does it find where the Omega's real location is?

alamchop

Chosen answer: Basically, it reverses the psychic connection from the omega seeing all the alphas, to an alpha seeing the omega.

MasterOfAll

Question: Why exactly is the girl called The Full Metal Bitch by the other soldiers? I know she did a heroic battle before, but why that name?

Quantom X

Chosen answer: It's a nickname referencing her attitude, and the fact she is wearing a suit of metal, probably referencing the movie (or ammunition type) "Full Metal Jacket".

MasterOfAll

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