Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Director: Doug Liman
Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Hiroshi Sakurazaka (novel “All You Need Is Kill”)
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Running Time: 113 mins.

A military officer is caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios and his union with Special Forces warrior gets him closer to defeating the enemy in this taut and humor filled sci-fi actioner.  

Director Doug Liman describes the film as “Groundhog Day” meets “Starship Troupers” and while apt it doesn’t tell the whole story because “Edge of Tomorrow” is ten times better than either of those.  The humor is spot on and never over the top and the action is non-stop within a very well developed storyline.  

Tom Cruise plays Major William Cage an officer who has never seen a day of combat and is far more comfortable schmoozing and manipulating public opinion.  He’s dumped into the alien war unprepared mentally and physically.  

The aliens have been unbeatable by every military unit in the world and there’s no let up in their assaults on Earth.  Cage is killed within minutes of his first encounter with the enemy and is then inexplicably thrown into a time loop which forces him to live out the same brutal combat scenario over and over.  He fights, he dies but each time he relives the event, he gets a little stronger, wiser, and more skilled thanks to Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) who’s been there-done that.  Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens and each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy even as Rita herself becomes a casualty … until Cage can reset time from looping for all eternity.

Lotta says:  Well acted and gripping with effective and well placed humor.  Not to be missed.