Edge of Tomorrow

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It’s not summer until you’ve eaten your first ice cream or Tom Cruise has saved the planet. At 51 (but looking like a man of 35), Cruise is battling a spidery race of aliens called Mimics in Doug Liman’s action sci-fi blockbuster. The film’s Groundhog Day-meets-Independence Day plot is actually pretty genius. Cruise is Bill Cage, the army’s top PR guy – a total coward with a salesman’s smile. After winding up the wrong general, Cage finds himself demoted and on the frontline, where he’s killed in two minutes flat. But (and here is where it gets Groundhoggy) he wakes up in a loop, forced to fight the same battle over and over again. Each day, it takes a little bit longer to die, and Cage teams up with the army’s toughest fighter, Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt).

Liman directed The Bourne Identity and goes for gun-metal realism here too. As for Cruise, he’s on to a winner for approximately half the film. In coward mode it almost looks like he’s taking the mick out of Tom Cruise, action hero. He sweats and squeaks, looking petrified. Then he starts with the search-for-the-hero-inside-yourself routine and goes on to autopilot like he’s barely got a thought in his head.

By Cath Clarke
Time Out Doha,

Edge of Tomorrow

  • Duration: 113
  • Released: Thu, 05 Jun
  • Classification: PG15
  • Language: English
  • Director: Doug Liman
  • Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

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