Monday, July 7, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

IMDb plot summary: An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.
Directed by Doug Liman. Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, and Bill Paxton.

(Spoilers about the basic premise, which is in a lot of the trailers and promo material but isn't really revealed until about 20-30 minutes in.)

The trailers for this made it look pretty generic, so I was surprised and delighted to find that this is actually a solid and fun sci-fi movie. Its Groundhog Day-esque premise is executed perfectly, conveying the constant retries without getting boring or too repetitive. That's hard to do. The characters are likable and fun, the aliens are interesting, and the movie doesn't waste its gimmick. Definitely worth a watch.

3.5 stars.

Flickchart: #604 out of 2172, below Throne of Blood and above White Heat.

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