Edge of Tomorrow

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Tom Cruise never seems to make a bad movie and his latest action sci-fi film, Edge of Tomorrow, is no exception. Aliens are winning the war on Earth so the military makes one final stand in Europe to try to turn the tide. Major Cage (Tom Cruise) is an Army public relations officer who has never seen a day of combat, when he is sent to France by General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson). When Cage arrives he is being yelled at by Master Sergeant Farrell (Bill Paxton) and Cage tells him he shouldn’t be there, but the sergeant ignores him and Cage is sent out on a dangerous mission. (Never try to tell a Master Sergeant how to do his job.) Within minutes he is killed by multi- tentacled aliens only to wake up seconds later with Master Sergeant Farrell yelling at him again. This time he lives a little longer and meets a Special Forces soldier named Rita (Emily Blunt), he tells her that he is reliving that day for a second time, but he is soon killed again. The next time he wakes up he looks for Rita and the two of them learn how to make changes to details and basically live longer and go further into the mission. (Sounds like a video game.) All of this happens within the first 15 minutes of the film but I don’t want to tell any more of the plot because the twists are what makes this a fantastic film. It has an original story, fast paced action, and an intriguing ending. I’m really impressed with director Doug Liman because the execution of the whole film is perfect. It has just the right touch of humor without the gratuitous foul language and violence found in so many films these days. Halfway through the film my wife leaned over and said, “I’m glad I listened to you and came to this movie; it’s pretty good.” (I could have said, “It’s about time you listened to me.” or “See what happens when you listen?” but I thought I better take the compliment and stay quiet.) Now, it’s difficult to give an action film a perfect rating and my initial thought was that a film called Edge of Tomorrow sounds like a soap opera. (Although, my radio voice saying Edge of Tomorrow like a soap opera announcer sounds pretty convincing.) I’m giving this summer blockbuster an A- rating.