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EDGE OF TOMORROW

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

113 minutes, Rated PG-13

STUDIO: Warner Bros. Pictures/ Village Roadshow Pictures

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 6-6-2014 (limited night shows on 6-5-2014)

 

STARRING Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

SCREENPLAY by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry-Butterworth

Based on ALL YOU NEED IS KILL by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

DIRECTED by Doug Liman

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.

 

This movie review is 6-13-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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