Thursday, 21 April 2016

Edge of Tomorrow (Live, Die, Repeat)

The film Live, Die, Repeat, set in an apocalyptic near future, where an alien race has invaded the earth and humanity is fighting back, can be interpreted as a film supporting multiverse theory. 

The main character, played by Tom Cruise, after coming into contact with a special alien, gains the power to 'reset the day', that is to say, when he dies on the battlefield or elsewhere he wakes up at the same point a day earlier. 

This enables him to learn from his mistakes, find new ways to defeat the enemy, to train hard, knowing full well that each time he dies he is given another chance to try again, simply having to modify his behaviour somewhat in the repeating condition he finds himself in on waking up and getting to know all the variables of the particular day he constantly 'resets' to. 

It dawned on me, however, that although the main character resets the day and wakes up at the exact same point in the near past each time he dies, others around him carry on with their lives or die and do not go back in time with him. 

That is to say, the power Tom Cruise has each time he dies and wakes up is to enter a new universe, identical in form and condition to the previous one, but with the memory of all his previous incarnations. 

Thus in countless universes, Tom Cruise dies, the alien race wins the war and that is the end of the story. But in one universe out of thousands, given the amount of deaths he has undergone, Tom Cruise successfully uses his power to defeat the enemy and everyone lives happily ever after. 

Thus the film presents a bleak picture as it shows that in one case out of thousands the enemy is defeated, but in all the other universe scenarios the enemy is victorious.