Edge of Tomorrow

{5/5} “What I am about to tell you sounds crazy. But you have to listen to me. Your very lives depend on it. You see, this isn’t the first time.”

An alien race called the Mimics has invaded Earth. Major Cage, whose specialty is communications and not fighting, is forced to participate in an attack that’s fruitless because the enemy has anticipated it. Not only that, but when Cage dies he wakes up — and it’s the same morning. He relives the same day over and over as he tries to do something that will prove useful in beating the invaders. When he teams up with Rita, the Angel of Verdun, his odds get a little better.

Edge of Tomorrow, released in 2014

It’s Aliens meets Groundhog Day. And, like both of those movies, this one is brilliant.

It’s edge-of-your-seat excitement as you anticipate how much farther he’s going to get this time and how he’s going to die.

Tom Cruise is used to playing ultra-competent characters but here — at the beginning — you get to see him play someone who’s not so competent.

In terms of science fiction action movies, this is definitely one of the best. I enjoyed it from start to finish.

The general situation, a war, is extremely serious but the time loop aspect provides many funny moments.

You might argue that the ending doesn’t quite make sense, and I would be forced to agree.

The exciting music was provided by Christophe Beck (Frozen). I particularly like the track “Find Me When You Wake Up.”

Tom Cruise (Minority Report) plays Cage and Emily Blunt (Dan in Real Life) plays Rita. Bill Paxton (guest star in the TV show Agents of SHIELD) plays Farell.

The movie was directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity).

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