'Edge Of Tomorrow' starring Tom Cruise, is a sci-fi thriller that takes place in the near future. When the film opens, we find out that an alien race known as Mimics have invaded the Earth, wiping out millions. So far, they are unbeatable.
Cruise plays Major William Cage, a slick public relations officer in the U. S. army, a post he took up after his advertising company went belly up. An alien invasion could do that.
He's never seen a day of combat. His job is to put a 'good spin' on our war with the space invaders and get people to join the military and fight. Because he's done such a good job, General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) now wants him to report from the front lines, to give people around the world a window into the battleground.
Cage, who can't even stand the sight of blood, refuses to go, pissing off Brigham big time. In fact, the General is so angry that he shoots Cage with his lil ol' laser gun, knocking him out cold.
When Cage wakes up, he finds himself at London's Heathrow Airport, which has been commandeered by UDF (United Defense Force) for military operations.
He's immediately greeted by a Sergeant Farell (Bill Paxton) who he tells that there's been a big misunderstanding, and that's he's an officer and doesn't belong here.
Farell doesn't believe him and tells Cage that he knows for a fact that Cage is a private, not an officer, as well as a deserter. If that's not bad enough, Cage also discovers that he is now a member of J Squad, which is made up of six dysfunctional soldiers, who are gung-ho to kick get to the front lines and see some real battle.
Cage has no choice but to join them in battle. After jumping out of a plane, a terrified Cage and his squad land on a beach and in seconds, the aliens attack. Apparently they knew the soldiers were coming.
It doesn't take long before Cage is killed.
End of story right? Of course not.
Cage doesn't stay dead for long. In fact, he finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop, that forces him to live out the same brutal battle over and over, fighting and dying again and again.
Lucky for Cage, he runs into Special Forces soldier, Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) who knows what's really going on and helps our reluctant soldier to develop the skills he needs to defeat the aliens.
'Edge Of Tomorrow' directed by Doug Liman, is based on a Japanese novel, 'All You Need Is Kill' by author Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
The film, written by Christopher McQuarrie ('The Usual Suspects') with help from Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, is exciting, funny, with killer action scenes and Cruz and Blunt have great chemistry together. For that reason, I gave it 4 out of 5.
'Edge Of Tomorrow' opens in theatres Friday June 6, 2014.
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