I’ll leave that observation to the intellectual critics. After all, that could be an insult to Harold Ramis’ 1993 comedy classic. However, there are similarities.
In the mega-budget EDGE OF TOMORROW Cruise plays U.S. Army Major William Cage. Not a gung-ho type of an officer mind you, but a pretty boy PR type. A gentleman soldier who has never experienced combat.
But now Cruise is send to Europe where the International Defense Force is about to take on an alien invasion of ferocious spider-like creatures.
Of course, Cruise still believes he’s there strictly as a U.S. liaison.
He’s immediately thrown into major duty combat. Decked out in a heavily armed battle suit he’s dropped from a sky air transport vessel into fighting hell—and killed within minutes of the landing.
Ooops, but he immediately awakens only to find himself back to square one when he first arrived at the base.
A big misunderstanding? This is damn strange. And it all goes down – over and over – ll the while enduring the same battle scenes—and death.
Suffice it to say he now must survive each round of his battlefield death long enough to find out just HOW this is happening to him.
No spoilers, but a few clues.
An enemy that knows the future can’t lose, and he’s got to die every day until the elusive Omega is destroyed. Hence a time loop of reawakening that could ultimately change the outcome and destroy the alien killers.
At least that’s what I took away from it.
It’s all told through top notch PG-13 futuristic war action sequences and with nice doses of amusing Tom Cruise lines and mannerisms.
As for the film’s 3D value? Not really worth it. Save the upcharge and see it in 2D.
The sci-fi thriller EDGE OF TOMORROW co-starring Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson and Bill Paxton rating a post apocalyptic B-.
(Reviewed at Cinemark, Merriam)
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