In theatres this Friday from director Doug Liman, Village Road Show and Warner Bros. comes a life that is lived on the EDGE OF TOMORROW.
An alien race has ravished Earth and Maj. William Cage (Tom Cruise) is a spokes person to rally the human race. That is until he is before General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), who sends Cage to the front lines. The moment he arrives Master Sergeant Farell (Bill Paxton) is in his face.
Trying to explain that it’s all a mistake, Cage is introduces to his fellow soldiers with Skinner (Jonas Armstrong), Kimmel (Tony Way), Griff (Kick Gurry), Ford (Franz Drameh), Juntz (Drgomir Mrsic), Nance (Charlotte Riley) and Takeda (Masayoshi Haneda).
Cage is geared up and sent straight into the battle where he sees Rita (Emily Blunt). But it doesn’t last long when the slaughter hits – yet he wakes up back where he started with Farell in his face. Confused he goes along with it, back to the front line, killed and back with Farell yelling at him.
During one of the front line trips he makes a connection with Rita and seeks her out only to discover that she had the same events happen to her. The two quickly begin planning how to use what is happening to their advantage. The only person who may have the answer is Dr. Carter (Noah Taylor) who helps them plot a course to the enemy to destroy and stop the time cycle.
With the help of his fellow soldiers, Rita and Cage take on each battle to get one step closer to the enemy!
FINAL WORD: Cruise as Cage gets another chance to delve into SciFi but this time handling a few aliens on top of it. Watching his character go over it again and again was actually kind of fun. His character goes from arrogant to scared witless in five minutes. The interesting part for me was finding myself doing exactly what Cage was doing, learning for the next time. Cryptic statement? Absolutely – go and see for yourself.
Blunt as Rita is not only awesome in her get ups but has no problem taking on a few aliens. Her character is an interesting one because she understands Cage and what he’s going through yet something tells me she is having fun training him. Blunt is not only beautiful but doesn’t use it as a crutch to her character. Instead Rita is steadfast and intelligent with tons of courage.
Paxton as Master Sergeant Farell gets a chance to repeat himself screaming at Cruise’s character. I actually went along with it because each reaction by Paxton was different. Again, something enjoyable about the film. Taylor as Dr. Carter is the only one who knows how to break the time cycle. I’ve always enjoyed Carter’s work from the TOMB RAIDER films the remake of the Willy Wonka film.
Other cast include: Madeleine Mantock as Julie and Lara Pulver as Karen Lord.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give EDGE OF TOMORROW three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. I really had a lot of fun watching this film and there are a few reasons for this. One, they didn’t make Cruise a huge action hero but instead a low-keyed one. Two, I loved that Blunt got a chance to be a bad-ass but again not something ridiculous.
Finally, I loved the fact that I was jumping around, yelling ‘whoooaaa!!’ and laughing at the comic relief. Is it the Groundhog Day of SciFi – sure enough! I’ll admit I thought it wasn’t going to work out but I can admit when I’m surprised and – I was! This is an action adventure film that is just right to open the summer with.
In the end – live, die…repeat!