Edge of Tomorrow

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I’m not the biggest of Tom Cruise fans as he carries too much of his off screen baggage onto the screen for me.  So I wasn’t overly keen to see this latest release, but you know what, I actually enjoyed it.    Mr Cruise has made a smart move with this big budget, sci-fi action film.  There’s enough going in to camouflage the baggage.

Edge Of Tomorrow is set in the future where Earth is battling aliens that arrived via meteor.  Tom Cruise plays Cage, a reluctant soldier forced to fight the aliens on the front line.  In his first battle, he gets contaminated by the DNA of one of the enemy, which enables him, on his death, to restart the day.  As Cage is stuck in a time loop, he goes into the same battle time and time again.

This scenario makes more sense after Cage encounters legendary soldier Rita (Emily Blunt), who understands his predicament.  The two of them collude to use the knowledge they gain from each battle re-entry to take on the enemy.

We’ve seen most of the scenarios outlined in this film before, but the big budget manages to grab your attention.  It also helps having Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) directing.   Time loops can be tricky to explain to audiences in a timely manner, but this film addresses it well, and does so with a touch of humour. 

Although I think Emily Blunt is great in this, her character doesn’t have the same impact as Sigourney Weaver in Alien.  However it’s good to see the female character taking a strong lead in an action film.  Rita’s strength and training is a good foil for Cage’s initial shortcomings.  Although the finals stages of the film are somewhat predictable, as far as sci-fi action films go, the Edge Of Tomorrow delivers on its premise.  4 stars


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