Though he began his career as a diverse, dramatic actor, Tom Cruise has become one of the biggest action stars on the planet. Starring roles in films like Top Gun, The Mission Impossible series, Minority Report, War of the Worlds, and Knight and Day have made him famous to worldwide audiences, and his insistence on performing most of his own stunts has garnered him respect in the film industry. Cruise’s last film, Oblivion, took audiences on a rollercoaster ride through a deceptive, dystopian future Earth ravaged by aliens. His latest movie, Edge of Tomorrow, also features a planet invaded by superior extraterrestrials; but, unlike the heroes Cruise normally portrays, who have just one shot to save humanity, his latest character has all the time in the world.
Edge of Tomorrow is based on a Japanese light novel titled All You Need Is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The film uses a popular — but rarely used — plot device called a time loop, where the main character lives out the same events more than once, trying to change the future outcome each time. The technique has been used successfully in films like Groundhog Day, 12 Monkeys, Déjà Vu, and, to a lesser extent, Cruise’s Minority Report. Due to the confusion it can create for the audience, it’s often a tricky device to use; but luckily Edge of Tomorrow had a skilled crew that has critics praising the non-linear progression of the film. In the director’s chair is Doug Liman, who has directed such action films as The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Jumper. A slew of talented screenwriters with experience in this kind of storyline helped adapt the screenplay, including Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects). Critics are not only praising the film’s story and action, but also stellar performances by Cruise and co-star Emily Blunt.
In Edge of Tomorrow, an alien race able to deftly predict and counter human battle strategies invades Earth, quickly spreading across Europe. In response, the military creates battle suits to help aid soldiers against the physically daunting aliens. In anticipation of a huge win against the aliens, Major William Cage (Cruise) – a soldier with virtually no training, but plenty of advertising experience – is forced to the front with a camera crew to document the victory. Of course, things don’t go as planned and Cage is killed. However, to his surprise, he wakes up the second after his death and the beginning of the day, doomed to repeat the loss over and over. Eventually, he searches out war hero Rita Vrataski (Blunt) and the two concoct a plan to defeat the aliens. If that doesn’t sound thrilling enough, just check out the trailer below.
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