By Joan Alperin-Schwartz
When the film opens, we find out that an alien race known as Mimics have invaded the Earth, wiping out millions and so far, they are unbeatable.
Cruise plays Major William Cage, a slick public relations officer in the U. S. army, a post he took up after his advertising company went belly up. An alien invasion could do that.
He's never seen a day of combat. His job is to put a 'good spin' on our war with these space invaders and get people to join the military and fight. Because he's done such a good job, General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) now wants him to report from the front lines, in order to give people around the world a window onto the battleground.
Cage, who can't even stand the sight of blood, refuses to go, pissing off Brigham, big time. In fact, the General is so angry, that he shoots Cage with his little ole laser gun, knocking him out cold.
When Cage wakes up, he finds himself at London's Heathrow Airport, which has been commandeered by UDF (United Defense Force) for military operations.
He's immediately greeted by a Sergeant Farell (Bill Paxton) Mr. P.R. explains to Farell that there's been a mistake...that's he's an officer...and doesn't belong here. Farell doesn't believe him. He tells Cage that he knows for a fact that he's a private, not an officer, as well as a deserter.
If that's not bad enough, Cage also discovers that he is now a member of J Squad, which is made up of six dysfunctional soldiers, who are gung-ho to kick some 'alien butt', which is exactly what they're about to do.
Cage has no choice but to join them on the battlefield. After jumping out of a plane, the terrified Cage and his squad, land on a beach to take on the enemy. Unfortunately, the aliens are ready for them and it doesn't take long, before Cage is killed.
End of story right? Of course not.
Cage doesn't stay dead for long. In fact, he finds himself, inexplicably thrown into a time loop, that forces him to live out the same brutal battle over and over, fighting and dying again and again.
Lucky for Cage, he runs into Special Forces warrior chick, Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) who knows what's really going on and helps our reluctant soldier develop the skills he needs to defeat the aliens.
'Edge OfTomorrow' directed by Doug Liman, is based on a Japanese novel, 'All You Need Is Kill' by author Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
The film, written by Christopher McQuarrie ('The Usual Suspect') with help from Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, is exciting, funny, with killer action scenes and Cruz and Blunt have great chemistry together. For that reason, I gave it 4 bagels out of 5.
'Edge Of Tomorrow' opens in theatres Friday June 6, 2014.
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