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'Edge of Tomorrow' is just plain, good fun

Edge of Tomorrow


The "Edge of Tomorrow" is one of the most surprisingly entertaining action movies to come out this summer. It's clever and fun plot places it miles above "Spider-man 2" and even "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The film stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. It is based on the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and is directed by Doug Liman.

The plot of the film is pretty simple. Cruise (the most likable he's been in decades) plays William Cage, a cowardly major in the U.S. army, who is sent to London to help United Defense Forces (UDF). The UDF is a combination of NATO militaries who were brought together to help fight the war Europe has been fighting for five years against a alien species called Mimics. Through a series of events, Cage is forced to repeat the same day over and over again in hopes of finally beating the aliens. He is helped by Blunt's Sergeant Rita Vrataski. Blunt is fantastic in the film and it's great to see the woman be the one in the dominant role and the man in the "damsel in distress" role.

"Edge of Tomorrow" is a good action movie because unlike the aforementioned "Spider-man 2" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past", it's action movie that is more about the action and less about over explaining everything with heaps of angst on the side. Blunt and Cruise work well together and the storyline, while about aliens, is timeless and fun.

Do go see "Edge of Tomorrow", Hartford. It's playing at your local theater.