Take a little “Groundhog Day,” throw in some “Predator,” add a dash of “Alien,” and even sprinkle some “Wizard of Oz” (“Courage”) and you have “Edge of Tomorrow,” the latest sci-fi action flick with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Cruise plays Bill Cage, a military PR guru who is known more for his marketing and not a bit about his soldiering (since he’s seen zero combat duty), suddenly gets on the wrong side of a high-ranking general (Brendan Gleeson). Next thing he knows is he is being sent to the front lines for a suicide mission in a massive battle between the world armies and alien invaders. On this first day of battle Cruise kills one big bad meanie but in the process is killed himself. The big bad meanie he killed has infected him, a condition which forces Cruise into a reset mode – meaning as soon as he is killed, he is reset to the beginning of the day to start the day over again in a time loop – forcing him to live out the brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying, again and again. But with each battle, Cage is able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), and as Cage and Vrataski take up the fight, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the alien enemies.
Cruise, of course, plays the same character we’ve been accustomed to seeing him as, but Emily Blunt shines as the female tough girl. A favorite character and performance is Bill Paxton as the tough sergeant assigned to Cruise. And another highlight is the great music by Christophe Beck, which really keeps things turned up a notch. Is “Edge of Tomorrow” a great action flick? Yes it is. It’s biggest downfall is there’s not a whole lot of anything original in it, but that said, it’s all done exceptionally well. You won’t find a better made action flick, and you can tell they spent a ton of money and a lot of time on it. It has great special effects, plenty of action, super cool megazord destruction suits, and the 3D is incredible. Just a quick look at the imdb site and you’re likely to see the largest collection of names for a single movie you’ve ever seen, which attests to “Edge of Tomorrow’s” great attention to detail. And for a summer blockbuster designed to get us out of the heat and into the air-conditioned theater to forget about real life, it’s perfect – it does just that. Will you remember “Edge of Tomorrow” in five years? Not likely, but it is totally enjoyable. Give it a shot, even if you might not want to see it again and again and again and again…



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