Edge Of Tomorrow, Doug Liman 2014
By Ali Tenenbaum
The premise is that previously non-combat soldier Cage relives the same day over and over until he can figure out how to find the pretty, strong-ass girl who will help him fight aliens and save the planet. It’s Groundhog Day meets Tom Cruise’s smile with a side of silly alien creatures. Doug Liman gives us a very promising start; he is no stranger to a great action movie (the best of the Bourne series, Mr. & Mrs. Smith). The first two-thirds of Edge of Tomorrow is compelling and fun, but somewhere between yesterday and 2 days from now it really nose dives.
You would think that someone like Tom Cruise (who believes in aliens) would have some supersonic insight into how to make a sci-fi movie original and creepy and futuristic. But apparently his alien contacts tell him to just use the same old smile to get him through it. I suppose it’s gotten him pretty far up to now, and if it ain’t broke don’t fix it - but ultimately the movie is disappointing.
Not for grandma. Teenage boys & 40 something girls who are TOMboys will like it.
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