Edge Of Tomorrow

Movie:  Edge Of Tomorrow

Rating:  4 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:  The earth is in trouble.  It has been invaded by an alien species, and the collective military might of the human race has been getting its ass kicked.  Extinction of the human race is imminent, unless one last all-out attack on the aliens can turn the tide.  This attack will be commanded by General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), and his forces hit the beach in France in 24 hours.

An American public relations officer, Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), meets with General Brigham to put a positive spin on events for the anxious folks back home.  Things do not go as planned in this interview for Major Cage.  He finds himself escorted to the staging area for the invasion, and pressed into service as one of the initial shock troops being sent in to battle against the aliens.  Inserted into a futuristic metal combat suit, with attached weapon that he has no clue as to how to activate, Cage is dropped into battle from an air transport to a beachhead that is already in a desperate battle.  Then, Major Cage dies.

End of story?  Not even close.  For reasons best not disclosed, Major Cage has acquired the unique ability to go back to the day before the battle every time he dies.  Only one other person believes Cage’s wild claims, and that is a British soldier named Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who is a famous and highly decorated hero in the alien wars.  Together they combine their talents to try to turn the tide of battle:  Rita, the skillful warrior who puts the major through a weapons and tactics survival course of sorts, and Cage,  who slowly gathers intelligence data on the enemy every time his life is “reset”.

This is a first rate science fiction film.  All the reviews will allude to a similarity to the comedy Groundhog Day, but it also has strong ties to Starship Troopers, and a few dashes of Pacific Rim and The Longest Day thrown in for good measure.  It was an interesting change of pace to see Tom Cruise cast not as a macho warrior, but a desk jockey with a bit of a yellow streak in him.  Emily Blunt proved to be a match for Cruise in all aspects of the film; she kicks butt with the best of them.  Great special effects.

Huh?  What the ….:  Okay, I won’t spoil the scene where General Brigham tells Cage he is going into combat.  Just know that no general officer would ever get away with it and keep his command.

Actor to Watch:  Bill Paxton is a hoot as Sgt Farell, leader of the bad ass unit leading the way.  Ooh rah!

 

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