PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Tom Cruise is back to tackle another sci-fi spectacle in the new movie Edge of Tomorrow.
After last summer’s dud of a sci-fi movie, Oblivion, I was a little gun shy to see Cruise’s latest attempt.
Edge of Tomorrow is a lot a bit Groundhog Day with some of every other sci-fi alien invasion movie sprinkled in.
The movie has the feel of Saving Private Ryan, a replay of the D-Day invasion, only the military forces are fighting aliens called Mimics.
Cruise plays Major William Cage, a military PR officer who hasn’t seen a lick of military action.
He thinks he’s going to be embedded with the troops as they make their invasion to combat the Mimics.
The only problem: A military general has other plans for him, putting him on the front lines with the other soldiers.
Of course having no experience, he is killed within minutes of landing on the beach. Or is he?
When he comes to, he wakes up back at the beginning.
I admit, the premise had promise, and the first couple of times of Cruise biting it, and then being born again were interesting, and even sometimes comical.
The time-loop Cruise was forced into, forced to relive the same events over and over again wasn’t bad.
But after the 50th time, or 100th time; I lost count, it sometimes got a wee bit annoying.
One of the things that saved it from being a total washout: Emily Blunt.
Blunt plays a soldier named Rita Vrataski. She’s been dubbed the “Angel of Verdun” and we quickly learn why. She’s resilient, takes no prisoners, and doesn’t put up with anything from anyone.
She really shined in the role, and I was pleasantly surprised.
The combo of Cruise and Blunt made a terrific team, and was a bright part of the movie.
The graphics for Edge of Tomorrow were average, nothing struck me as cutting-edge, or must-see.
I’m not sure if it was me being burnt out on Tom Cruise summer blockbuster sci-fi movies or if Edge of Tomorrow just wasn’t that good.
But overall I would give it a B-.
If you’re not sick of Tom Cruise sci-fi flicks check it out, but if you’re not quite sure if you want another one then I’d wait for the rental.