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June 9, 2014

REVIEW: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ in Claremore


Like so many Hollywood superstars, Tom Cruise doesn’t die usually in his movies.
For this reason, “Edge of Tomorrow” (in which he dies early and several times) is both a novelty, and a surprisingly satisfying piece of sci-fi entertainment,
Directed by Doug Liman (who also helmed “The Bourne Identity”), “Edge of Tomorrow” sees Cruise as Maj. William Cage, a U.S. Army spokesman with no zero experience, but who finds himself storming the beach with the infantry in a D-Day-like battle against an onslaught of alien invaders. 
These ferocious (although CGI) creatures, are all tentacles and snarls, called Mimics for their ability to adapt to mankind’s defenses (one character aptly describes them as “perfectly evolved world-conquering organisms”) which gives them the edge, and why so far, they’re winning the ward against the less-able-to-adapt humans. 
When Cage is killed by one, however, he wakes up back at the base, and his day starts over, exactly as before. 
He dies again, he wakes up again, and the cycle repeats itself. This happens over and over — yes, it’s like that other reliving the same day again and again movie, but at least Cage doesn’t wake up to Sonny & Cher singing “I Got You, Babe” every day.
Stuck in a bizarre time loop and unable to convince anyone it’s happening, Cage soon teams up with Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), a tough Special Forces soldier.
She believes Cage about the time loop because the same thing happened to her for a while (although, for lack of a better way of putting it, she got better.) 
Having perfected her own battle skills during her loop experience, she trains Cage to fight, taking advantage of the temporal disruption by having him practice against Mimic simulators that can kill him, then starting over when they do. 

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