Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014)

What's it about? As a war against an invading alien force is waged across the planet, cowardly army PR man Major Cage (Tom Cruise) finds himself thrown into battle, whereupon he is promptly killed. Only to inexplicably wake up again a day earlier to relive the experience again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. Etc.



Is it any good? Thoroughly enjoyable and probably the closest anyone has ever come to recreating a video game sensibility on the big screen, with its repeated plays of the same scenario, which get a bit further each time as the 'player' (ie Major Cage) becomes more adept at avoiding being killed. 

I don't trust you. What do others think? Thoroughly enjoyable and probably the closest anyone has ever come to recreating a video game sensibility on the big screen, with its repeated plays of the same scenario, which get a bit further each time as the 'player' (ie Major Cage) becomes more adept at avoiding being killed. Naturally, the premise means it shares some DNA with the likes of Source Code and Groundhog Day, but this has enough good action, CGI and humour to give it its own identity. An impressively athletic Emily Blunt acquits herself well in the action stakes alongside Cruise, who treats us to some of his customary running-like-blue-blazes sequences. Which is always fun. 

Anything else I should know? Thoroughly enjoyable and probably the closest anyone has ever come to recreating a video game sensibility on the big screen, with its repeated plays of the same scenario, which get a bit further each time as the 'player' (ie Major Cage) becomes more adept at avoiding being killed. Naturally, the premise means it shares some DNA with the likes of Source Code and Groundhog Day, but this has enough good action, CGI and humour to give it its own identity. An impressively athletic Emily Blunt acquits herself well in the action stakes alongside Cruise, who treats us to some of his customary running-like-blue-blazes sequences. Which is always fun. And watch out for an extended cameo from Bill Paxton is in there too, simply because he said 'Game over, man' one time in a film about aliens. Game over? Geddit? Well, I laughed. All in all, I'd have no difficulty with a repeat viewing. Could have done without the last couple of minutes though.

What does the Fonz think? Groundwar Day.





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