'Edge of Tomorrow' features Tom Cruise's best performance in some time
'Edge' has a few too many time loops, but stars Cruise and Emily Blunt do well as soldiers fighting alien invaders.
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â€śEdge of Tomorrowâ€ť is like â€śGroundhog Dayâ€ť except itâ€™s aboutÂ gigantic spidery alien invaders and it stars Tom Cruise clomping around inÂ an 85-pound exoskeleton.Â
Let me explain. Cruise plays Major William Cage, a military PR officerÂ who is unwillingly recruited into a hopeless combat mission against theÂ marauders. Killed almost immediately, he finds himself thrown inside aÂ time loop that has him repeatedly fighting, and dying in, the same attack.Â Each time out, though, he survives a bit longer because he is savvier aboutÂ the onslaught.
How many times can he expire and be resurrected before he exits theÂ loop and defeats the aliens? And will Cruise end up tipping over from allÂ that hardware?
Based on an illustrated Japanese novella and directed by Doug LimanÂ from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, andÂ John-Henry Butterworth, â€śEdge of Tomorrowâ€ť has a few too many timeÂ loops for my taste. It took a while to get the hang of the â€śGroundhog Dayâ€ťÂ concept, but once I did, I didnâ€™t especially look forward to the serial spin-cycle convolutions. The filmâ€™s relentless clangor is assaultive.Â
Cruise is better than heâ€™s been in a while because he damps down hisÂ usual all-intensity-all-the-time MO. Heâ€™s best here when his characterÂ seems the most scared. And Emily Blunt as a commando legendÂ is indomitable, a credit to herÂ exoskeleton.Â Grade: B- (Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material.)