Take the 2-minute tour ×
Movies & TV Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for movie and tv enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

At end of Edge of Tomorrow, when Cage and Rita and the crew are flying to the Louvre, the crew starts jumping out of the transport. Rita looks at Cage with a surprised look and says something like "you're not strapped in." Then she jumps out and he goes down with the ship.

What was going on in that moment? Was Cage tricking her somehow? I feel like there was some sort of twist occurring right then, but I missed the full context.

share|improve this question
    
The first time they land on the beach one can see that the soldiers don't actually jump out of the plane, but they drop, while attached to a cable (to break their fall). - What Rita says is: "You are not hooked in.", meaning that Cage was not attached to a cable (which is why he doesn't "drop" like others, but crash lands in the water with the plane). –  Oliver_C Jul 5 at 21:43
    
Yes, I understand that. What I don't understand is Cage's plan. Why wasn't he hooked in? Why didn't he tell Rita in advance? –  Shiz Z. Oct 11 at 19:44

1 Answer 1

up vote 5 down vote accepted

I have just rewatched the scene and it doesn't look like it's a part of some elaborate plan.

Seconds before the conversation from the OP's question takes place, Cage seems to hooks himself as well (as the others do the same). However, the first hit at the ship blows him out of his strap (and kills Kimmel). Here, I made a clip of that part:


Edge of Tomorrow: The beginning of the final attack - More videos at TinyPic

When they start jumping out, Rita tells him that he's not hooked in, which is the synonym for "but you cannot jump (and will crash with the plane)". Remember that not more than a minute before that, he said "take one for the team" (as a response to "what do we do if an alpha tries to kill us?"), so his reaction to Rita's comment (shaking his head and pressing her "release" button) is exactly that: accepting his own sacrifice for the team.

Of course, he's Tom Cruse, so he luckily survives the fall and (spoiler! ;-)) saves the day, but at that moment with Rita, Cage knows he's chances are slim, and he just wants everyone else to go on and win the war.

share|improve this answer
    
+1 and accept, thanks very much! Video was bonus. And Cruise character being willing to sacrifice himself makes perfect sense given movie's theme of Cruise character maturing. –  Shiz Z. Oct 13 at 21:32
    
Thank you. And yes, him being willing to sacrifice himself for the final goal is sort of an end of that maturing process, because he knows (or, maybe better, believes) that if he dies this time, he will not wake up again, yet there is not a tiny trace of that perky Cage that tried to cheerfully talk his way out of the final battle. –  Vedran Šego Oct 13 at 22:27

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.