Edge of Tomorrow Movie Review

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this sci-fi war thriller about an unwinnable battle against alien invaders trapped in a repeating time loop. As he relieved his last day in combat over and over again, Lt. Col Bill Cage (Cruise) learned how to fight the Mimics with increasing skill, and also fell in love with Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). It’s Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers, with more explosions.

The Plot

The premise of this film is quite clever and surprisingly original considering it’s basically been done a million times before. It makes for a fun and entertaining summer blockbuster, and the action scenes are exciting, exhilarating, and impressive. The cool exoskeleton suits and the slick world building help to elevate this beyond just a standard action flick. The characters are well-developed and the witty sense of humor adds to the overall entertainment value.

Acting

While the acting isn’t particularly high-brow, it is believable and competent enough. Cruise and Blunt have some great chemistry and work together really well. The film is paced well and the ending is satisfying, if not especially emotional. Some of the character developments could have been a bit more developed, but that’s a minor quibble.

The other big draw here is Emily Blunt, who is as beautiful and as talented as ever. Her performance is a lot better than it’s been given credit for, and she is the perfect foil for Cruise. She’s a warrior with a sense of humor and she can hold her own in the action sequences. She’s also quite good at delivering some of the witty lines in the ibomma film.

Review

It has been a while since Tom Cruise felt this good on screen and he is in top form here, as always. His smile is huge and he looks absolutely incredible for a man his age. It’s a shame that his career has gone a little off the rails recently, but this is one of those films that proves that he can still deliver the goods when he wants to.

Conclusion

Edge of Tomorrow is a fun and enjoyable action film that does its job quite nicely. It may not be the most original or groundbreaking movie out there, but it’s an entertaining ride and a great way to spend some time. This is definitely worth a watch, and it’s easily one of the better films Doug Liman has made in the 12 years since The Bourne Identity.

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