Edge of Tomorrow aliens: mimics in Tom Cruise movie described as dreadlocks, octopi, squid.

What the Aliens in the New Tom Cruise Movie Look Like

What the Aliens in the New Tom Cruise Movie Look Like

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June 6 2014 4:33 PM

What the Aliens in the New Tom Cruise Movie Look Like

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You get a brief glimpse of the aliens in the trailer, but they move so fast.

Trailer still from YouTube via Sci-Fi Empire

At the New York City press screening of Edge of Tomorrow earlier this week, I jotted down only a few short notes. Among them: “demon spawn of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.” That’s what immediately came to mind after my first glimpse of the movie’s aliens. How would other people describe them, I wondered? Below, a round-up of how some of the country’s best critics attempted to convey the weird look of these tentacled, fast-moving creatures.

“dreadlocked wigs dipped in steel”
— Amy Nicholson, Village Voice

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“black, scampering dreadlock wigs or electrified Rorschach Tests”
— Jake Coyle, Associated Press

“huge, hissing, squid-like dervishes”
— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“somersaulting metal octopuses”
— Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“hordes of giant swirling-twirling octopi”
— Clint O’Connor, Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“unnervingly inhuman creatures that look like crosses between dragons, octopi, and live wires”
— Keith Phipps, The Dissolve

“ferocious metallic spidery critters with way too many tendrils that whip around like crazy and pierce you like javelins”
— Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

“nightmare creatures that look like razor-tentacled squid and roll across the landscapes like tumbleweeds”
— Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

“overgrown, radioactive crustaceans that got caught in an oil spill”
— Justin Change, Variety

“generic-looking tentacled aliens”
— Lou Lumenick, New York Post

David Haglund is the literary editor of NewYorker.com.