In the near future, NATO is fighting against
aliens known as
Mimics who have overrun Europe in the last five years
with the United Kingdom
being the last holdout. NATO has banded
together the various military forces into the United Defense Forces (UDF). US
officer Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is called to a meeting with General
Brigham (Gleeson), commander of the UDF.
The general wants Major Cage on the front covering Operation Downfall
and Cage refuses the order even to the point of trying to blackmail the
general. Major Cage is arrested and
wakes up next day at Heathrow Airport
where he is found stripped of his rank and forced to fight in the
invasion. He is equipped with an
exoskeleton that helps the soldiers fight the Mimics, but the battle goes badly
and Cage is covered with the blood of one of the Mimics before he dies. He wakes
up at Heathrow to repeat the day
over again and he needs the help of Rita (Emily Blunt) aka the Angel of Verdun
(or Full Metal Bitch behind her back).
Cage must die again and again as he trains with Rita to become a soldier
and find the location of the brain of the Mimic invasion known as the Omega.
EDGE OF TOMORROW is a
nice twisty thriller with action and humor and some nice character development
for Major Cage as he finds he doesn’t want Rita to die as he lives the day over
again. Cruise manages to turn Cage from
a jerk to a disillusioned soldier to a guy who really wants to save the
world. The visuals are great and the
trailers did some major misdirection to not clearly show you where some of the
clips fit into the movie. Cruise and
Blunt have a nice chemistry as they learn to work together while Major Cage
tries to bring more knowledge as he dies over and over again as they get closer
to finding the Omega and ending the alien invasion hopefully.
It might not do well in the US
in theaters, but I suspect it will do better on Blu-ray and DVD. It is
a Tom Cruise action film in Groundhog
Day fashion with action and alien invasion.
Don’t miss it. Go watch it now
before it leaves the theaters. I think
it will have great replay value.
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