When I first heard of this title it sounded like a soap opera from the sixties. “The Edge of Tomorrow, where our dream of happiness stubs it’s toe” But it turns out that Tom Cruise may have a winner.
Earth has been invaded by extraterrestrials called mimics. They are almost undefeatable because when they die they reset time and live the same day over again. By doing this they correct their mistakes and win the battles. After suffering many defeats the United Defense Forces finally win a battle. General Brigham, played by Brendan Gleeson, wants Army Publicist Major William Cage, played by Tom Cruise, to go to the front lines and make recruitment messages to entice people to volunteer. Cage wants no part of it and refuses. He gets busted down to a private and sent into battle. He has no idea what he’s doing but manages to kill a mimic and himself, getting sprayed with the mimic’s blood. He wakes up at the start of that same day. Sort of like Groundhog Day with bullets and aliens. Confused he goes through the day again, this time lasting a little longer before he is killed.
This happens over and over and he gets better at fighting and because he knows what’s coming he gets closer to victory. He meets a warrior hero named Rita, played by Emily Blunt, who understands what’s happening to him because at one time she had the power. She begins to train him. It is the perfect training program, if he messes up she just kills him and starts over until he gets it right. For all you Tom Cruise haters this may be the perfect movie for you, watching him die over and over.
There are a few things that make this movie awesome fun. Instead of the perfect, got it all together action hero he normally plays, Tom’s character starts off the movie having no idea what he’s doing and we watch him become the hero. The time looping thing is done in a way that is not tedious and boring. The action scenes are some of the best since Starship Troopers. And casting Emily Blunt was perfect as the strong female soldier.
Not quite 2 hours, Rated PG-13. It’s going to rake in the money, and everybody’s going to have a great time.
My Score: 5 Buds
I can’t review a Tom Cruise movie without taking a moment to reach out to Tom. Tom, in this movie every time you die, you wake up alive with another shot at it. Listen to me brother, in real life that ain’t happening. Only one man has been able to pull that off and he is the Owner, Player, and Coach of the J-Team. We like to call him Trinity for short. The team roster is still open Tom, get off the mother ship, wave goodbye to Kirstie and come on home, Jesus ain’t mad at you!
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