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'Edge of Tomorrow': A fun and smart action thriller

By Wang DexianMovies - 03 June 2014 12:00 AM

'Edge of Tomorrow': A fun and smart action thriller

Edge of Tomorrow

Our Rating

5/5 Stars

Live. Die. Repeat.

That is the tagline of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, the new time-looping alien invasion film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

It is directed by Doug Liman – the man who first brought the ‘Bourne’ franchise to life with ‘The Bourne Identity’ – with a script by Christopher McQuarrie (the now frequent Tom Cruise collaborator and future director for ‘Mission Impossible 5’) that is based on Japanese novel ‘All You Need Is Kill’.

Planet earth is invaded by a giant alien force, nicknamed the “Mimics” for their ability to copy and respond to battle tactics with ease.

However, the military have come up with a new weapon – robot suits known as “Jackets” and they are seemingly turning the tide against the aliens.

Cruise stars as Major William Cage, a media liaison officer for the United States Army, summoned by General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) to lead a final assault on the aliens.

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in 'Edge of Tomorrow'

He is sent to undergo combat training under Sergeant Farrell (a very funny Bill Paxton) and tries to help soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who comes under a Mimic sneak attack.

Then someone dies and William wakes up to face Sergeant Farrell again, forced to go through the day’s events repeatedly.

The movie will remind you of ‘Groundhog Day’ and more recently, ‘Source Code’, not to mention a recollection of ‘Starship Troopers’ and ‘Aliens’.

LIGHTHEARTED YET SERIOUS

Liman seems to have conjured a feature that combines all of the best parts of those movies, mixing up the humour of ‘Groundhog’, the thought of ‘Source Code’ and the massive alien battles of the latter two.

The brief bits of twisted humour bring some levity to what eventually turns out to be a serious film with high stakes.

The stuck-in-time premise allows Liman to make this a thinking movie, elevating ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ from just another action flick to potential sci-fi classic.

The rules are carefully defined and then twisted to raise the stakes, and to keep the audience hooked.

If you must know, Cruise still has the action-man chops to carry a blockbuster on his shoulders. Blunt’s tough-cookie character is the steely counterpoint to his cowardly portrayal of William.

The two-hour movie races to an incredible finish, making it a complete package of fun and smarts with an emotional core. Bonus points for the time travel plot points that actually make sense. 

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ opens in cinemas 5 June 2014

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  • Edge Of Tomorrow

    (2014)
  • Rated
    PG13 /
    Genre
    Action, Science Fiction
  • Language
    Eng
  • (7 Reviews)