#MixxReview: Edge of Tomorrow

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If you’ve read anything about Edge of Tomorrow, then you’ve probably already seen the tagline “Groundhog Day meets _____.” You could fill in the blank with an array of sci-fi war movies such as Starship Trooper or Independence Day. While the time loop concept may not be original, it is certainly fun. Add Tom Cruise, explosions, and 85 pound exoskeleton suits equipped with machine guns and rocket launchers, and what you are left with is an early summer box office winner.

Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an adaptation of a Japanese novel, All You Need Is Kill. Set in the near-future, an alien race called “Mimics” has invaded Earth and conquered most of Western Europe. Tom Cruise plays the role of Major William Cage, a military PR officer demoted to Private William Cage and forced to take up arms in a hopeless attack against the Mimics. Cage is killed almost immediately due to his lack of actual combat training and experience.

Upon his death, Cage is thrown into a time loop where he gets another (and another, and another, and another…you get the point) crack at surviving the war and possibly saving humanity. Each time Cage resets the day, he gets a little bit better at combat and a little bit smarter at strategy. Eventually, he enlists the help of Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), a mythical war hero/symbol of hope nicknamed the Angel of Verdun for singlehandedly winning the most important battle against the Mimics to date.

Edge of Tomorrow is smart, funny, and action-packed. The appropriation of well-known World War battles (Battle of Verdun, D-Day) conveys the amount of heroism, valor, and honor that comes with protecting the Earth from evil. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt both deliver solid performances. I found the ending somewhat problematic in its attempt to make sense of the time loop concept, but fortunately it was not enough to ruin an otherwise great film.

In theaters now.

Star rating: 4/5 stars

MPAA rating: PG-13 ( intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material)

Running time: 1 hr. 53 min

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