Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Irony: Tom Cruise Makes a Good Movie and No One Wants to See It?


Here’s a weird irony that was unexpected: Tom Cruise has made a good movie but it seems like no one wants to see it.

“Edge of Tomorrow” opens tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman, and it’s pretty good. In fact, it’s the best thing Tom Cruise has been in, in a long time. When you think of “Oblivion” and “Valkyrie” and endless “Mission Impossible” movies– I mean, really, Cruise’s original non franchise films that really worked are “Jerry Maguire”– 1996!–and “Minority Report” (2005).

“Edge” is around 90% on Rotten Tomatoes– getting great reviews. But the early international release appears to be a dud- $26 million so far including the UK. Of course it hasn’t opened yet in South Korea, where Tom is strong, or Russia and China. And “Edge” hasn’t been seen yet in Australia- there are a few Aussie actors in the pic so that may help.

But word is that tracking in the US is soft, and that “Edge” may have a disappointing launch. How funny– well, not haha funny– would that be? Cruise finally comes through and everyone shrugs. I sure hope it doesn’t work out that way. We’ll have to wait and see.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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