Aliens have attacked earth and have quickly spread across Europe and Asia. The world countries unit to form a unified elite army, called ‘United Defense Force’, to try and defeat this new enemy. When the Special Forces strike team finally wins a battle using a new technology that turns a normal soldier into super soldiers, the UDF decides to do an all-out attack on the French shoreline.
Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is a marketing expert for the United States Army. His job is to market the new technology used to fight the aliens. When Cage is sent to London, England to meet with General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), about important matters with the new combat jackets, he discovers that the General has other ideas in mind.
After a heated discussion with the General, Cage finds himself on a transport with the military unit called ‘J-Squad’ that is assigned to storm the beach in France. There he meets Master Sergeant Farrell Bartolome (Bill Paxton), Griff (Kick Gurry), Kuntz (Dragomir Mrsic), Nance (Charlotte Riley), Skinner (Jonas Armstrong), Ford (Franz Drameh), Kimmel (Tony Way), and Takeda (Masayoshi Haneda), the members of the ‘J-Squad’ who are an elite team assigned to use the new combat jackets. Never having combat experience, Cage must learn as much as possible from this team before he faces the enemy.
During battle, Cage encounters a rare ‘Alpha’ alien that he kills and develops an ability to reboot back one day into the past when he dies. When this recall event occurs over and over he meets with war hero Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) and scientist Dr. Carter (Noah Taylor) who have experienced this same ability before. Together they try to find a way to find and locate the ‘Omega’ alien with a chance to end the war.
Director Doug Liman brings an original piece to the silver screen. He does an excellent job with the special effects that establish this fast but furious alien race intending on destroying our existence. Liman goes even further by including fantastic effects that make the film appear realistic. The explosions on the beach and the aliens attack methods make the human defense seem impossible, but he does a great job brining it all together. He also does a good job of not showing all the items of the story from the beginning, but adds pieces as the characters repeat the events again and again.
This is a good film to watch in the IMAX or 3D technology. The battle scenes use the 3D effects well and actually make you feel that you are in the middle of the warfare. Since the storyline involves time travel it is clear and easy to understand and follow the film. There are some intense scenes that involve the aliens that will make you jump from your seats.
Final Grade: I give this a B for its intense action, detailed clear original storyline, and good use of 3D technology.
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Director: Doug Liman
Runtime: 113 minutes (1 hour and 53 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material.