Tom Cruise is back on top in Warner Bros. Studio’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow.’ The film is, based on the Japanese novel entitled ‘All You Need is Kill’ by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth).
Directed by Doug Liman (‘The Bourn Ultimatium’), the heroic action of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is played out in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.
With each exhilarating sequence of events, Cage morphs with increasing skill from a sniveling bureaucratic coward to a confident and capable weapon, he becomes able to engage the adversaries, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
It doesn’t take long before your realize that when it comes to Cruise’s performance, that he is all in. In fact, this may be the best performance he has delivered in recent years. It appears that he has discovered that it takes more than action to deliver a film. He moves effortlessly from a weak member of the fighting forces to the unknown leader of the team. He is a true actor who is able to effectively navigate from humor to serious scenes throughout the movie delivering solid performance in each category. Welcome back, Tom. We missed you.
But, he is not in this fight alone. Emily Blunt matches his performance blow by blow. She is the poster girl for the war and she has chops to deliver this role. We haven’t seen such a strong female warrior since Linda Hamilton in 1984’s ‘Terminator.’ Like Cruise, she does most of her stunts in the movie and it adds to the authenticity of the scenes. Her battle ready and sculpted body creates a vision of the new world where women are able to rise to the top of the pack and lead. Of course, it helps that she is familiar with time-jumping since she has done so in earlier films (‘Looper’, ‘Adjustment Bureau’) and knows how to navigate the unrelenting loops of time.
The tense and urgent moments on screen are equally balanced with humor throughout the film. For example, as Cage makes ground in his search for the enemy, it is hilarious when he is forcefully thrust back before the invasion and belittled by the sergeant who repeatedly yells, ‘On your feet, Maggot!, ‘ thereby resetting the day.’
The international cast also includes Bill Paxton (‘Aliens’), Brendan Gleeson (‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’), Noah Taylor (‘Lawless’), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s ‘Tangle’), Dragomir Mrsic (‘Snabba Cash II’), Charlotte Riley (‘World Without End’), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s ‘Robin Hood’), Franz Drameh (‘Attack the Block’), Masayoshi Haneda (‘Emperor’) and Tony Way (‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’).
‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is the first motion picture to be shot at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden. It is filled with first-rate special effects, courtesy of Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (‘The Dark Knight’). He has created a spectacular and stimulating canvas full of breath taking battlefield sequences (the film will be in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX®) that will keep you glued to the screen.
‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is an action-filled adventure thriller that is worth viewing time and time again. Just like the ‘Great War’ films of the past, it is sure to be a favorite for years to come, complete with humor, romance and unlikely heroes.
It opens domestically on June 6, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow. This movie has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material. It has a Runtime of 113 minutes.