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Cruise and Blunt soar in the well-paced thriller 'The Edge of Tomorrow'

Emily Blunt is a non-nonsense heroine in "The Edge of Tomorrow."
Emily Blunt is a non-nonsense heroine in "The Edge of Tomorrow."
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The pairing of Tom Cruise with Emily Blunt in "The Edge of Tomorrow" is brilliant.

Cruise, gratefully has refined his loner hot shot to reflect his age. For the most part.

And while on-screen chemistry with co-stars is rare in Cruise's filmography (including "Top Gun" and "Jerry McGuire"), chemistry is exactly where Blunt excels.

She electrified with Matt Damon in "The Adjustment Bureau" where their first meeting, in a bathroom no less, remains probably one of the sweetest, smartest, most hip, most compelling and entirely believable love at first lip lock pairings in all of cinema.

Blunt does chemistry. And is outstanding in every film genre.

Comedy no problem. Stealing the show from Meryl Steep in "The Devil Wears Prada," was simply a tidy piece of work. Drama? "My Summer of Love" as the enchantress and heart breaker with a dangerous cold streak in the film that introduced her to the world ... is worthwhile in case you missed it.

So what would a movie look like with a 20-year box office winner and a legitimate, multi-talented and beautiful actress?

A far more beautiful actress with a much more interesting attitude than Signorney Weaver in "Alien" though in the same non-sexy role. Oh, and with Tom Cruise in the lead.

"The Edge of Tomorrow" no matter how you cut it is a smart and original script and a nifty bit of film making, especially given how tedious the repeats could have been, but never are.

Cruise plays Cage, a communications officer in the U.S. Service who gets his walking papers early on in the film via a knockout punch from of all things, a British General.

“I've contacted your C.O.,” the General tells the startled major after informing him he'll be manning the front line in 24 hours with a rifle instead of a pen. Cage doesn't taking the news well and figures threatening a General can't hurt his situation at this point.

When he wakes up, he is indeed on foreign soil and no a surprise - the stars on his uniform failed to make the trip. Highly inconvenient for Cage.

What follows is a rousing, well-paced,sci-fi thriller with truly scary aliens, a colorful Bill Paxton in a supporting role and one with far more pizzazz than his usual.

Blunt is snarky in her role and even more compelling with a tan and no-nonsense machismo. Her strong female character has no time for flirting which actually is what makes this movie a worthy vehicle for her.

The studio doesn't trade on her beauty beyond the poster. Ironically in the film, Blunt of all things, is the top American soldier with more kills in hand to hand combat than the next guy. Literally. She is the poster girl with a snarl.

And it is that intensity of focus that must pull Cage along if he is to survive at all. Cruise is actually fantastic as he goes from clumsy lumbering newbie to fighting machine.Cruise has always been an actor. Any questions, reload "Born on the Fourth of July."

In "The Edge of Tomorrow," Cruise is generous. He never grandstands and actually pulls back a bit. A little Redford-ish which allows "Edge" its own flavor, and helps make it more than work. The story is there. Blunt has a well-written character and the flirting, fittingly has been left on the cutting room floor.

With a resounding finale, the only misstep may be Cruise's inability to resist that (he must feel by now a mandatory) "Top Gun" like huge grin to close when here, a small, imperceivable smile was the only right note.

This movie however is in every direction, a winner.

(Though if the grin is staying, maybe a cue from Eric Banda's gorgeous and natural evolving grey hair in “Deliver Us From Evil” would let Cruise forsake shoe black brunette hair and embrace, well, tomorrow).

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