The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
Tom Cruise’s action and scifi films are usually a must-see for me. He’s a brilliant actor, no doubt about it. The only reservations I had seeing this for the first time was the Groundhog Day repetition of seeing the same day over and over. Especially if it was just going to be a slaughter each time. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how the the story moved along. Though viewers will feel for Cage, we don’t have to witness all of his countless, gruesome days.
Edge of Tomorrow had some tough competition this year as far as science fiction blockbusters go. But I thoroughly enjoyed this wild ride. From Cruise’s relatable and often-humorous Cage to Emily Blunt’s rough-around-the-edges Rita, the characters were fantastic. And, of course, Bill Paxton shined as Master Sergeant Farell. And despite the aliens being so strange and unique (and maybe a bit confusing for some) and almost the entire film set in one day set on repeat, the writers did a great job of making this complex story flow well. There were several unpredictable plot twists and non-stop suspense up to the incredibly-intense, climactic ending. Don’t miss this one.