One of the best films of 2014 that most of the public missed in theatres (including me) EDGE OF TOMORROW is an excellent sci-fi/action mind bender that delivers on a very clever premise.
Tom Cruise stars as Bill Cage, an egotistical but cowardly Armed Forces PR man that suddenly finds himself thrust into a never ending ground war against an alien force that is devouring Europe in the near future.
Through smart story telling that I won't spoil here, Cruise is forced to relive the same day over and over again, twisting events in a much more violent fashion than Bill Murray did in "Groundhog Day".
Along the way, Cage partners up with the recruiting face of the war, Rita Vritaski, played with great style by Emily Blunt. Like Sigourney in the Alien films, Blunt has muscled up for the role and is very convincing as one of the toughest action heroes you've seen on film in recent years.
You would expect great action scenes in a Tom Cruise film, but the amount of humor, laughs and fun on display here really surprised me.
As our forces battle Normandy like odds against a faster, more lethal opponent, the fate of the world looks bleak (but damn great on film!)
Director Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity) steers every scene quickly toward a terrific climax. The training scenes with Rita are especially fast, fun and entertaining.
Cursed with a bad title, EDGE OF TOMORROW kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Film buffs will see plenty of references to Aliens (Bill Paxton!), Saving Private Ryan and The Longest Day, but everyone will have a great time.
Cruise and Blunt are amazing, and so is EDGE. Over and over again, it gets an A.