Before I begin this review of Edge of Tomorrow, let me confess something. I love Tom Cruise movies. Yes, he has done some movies that I have not enjoyed (Rock of Ages, Eyes Wide Shut, Vanilla Sky), but by and large I have loved the majority of them. Based on that knowledge and the trailers that I saw for this movie, I had very high hopes. Normally, when my hopes are this high, I wind up disappointed.
Not. This. Time.
Edge of Tomorrow delivered on every level.
The story is that there is an alien race of squid creatures that have invaded earth. Tom Cruise has gained the ability to restart the day every time he dies. He doesn’t really restart the day, as he restarts a two day period. Think of it like Groundhog Day with aliens. Tom Cruise is a former officer, with no training, that gets thrown on the front line. Every time he dies, he wakes up in the same place. Eventually, he convinces others of this and he gets trained. Soon, he is a one man army. However, an army of one only doesn’t work in the movies (or in real life. I always thought that was the dumbest recruiting pitch.) This is where Emily Blunt comes in. She trains him and is his partner.
From the trailers and from all the posters, this movie looked like it would be action packed. What they did not convey through the trailers was how much fun this movie is. There are some very funny scenes in this movie. Funny is something that Tom Cruise should do more of. His face is built for smiling. In a movie like this, even though it is a war movie, he does a lot of smiling. Emily Blunt is very convincing as Rita, the toughened sergeant. Bill Paxton is his normal Bill Paxton-y self, playing a role that would have gone to R. Lee Ermey 20 years ago. (Ermey probably still could have played the role perfectly. Semper Fi.)
For parents, this is a violent movie. There are a lot of guns and a lot of death. There is some comic nudity and your usual band of cuss words. I would not recommend it for young children. I would recommend the movie for 13 and up. Every child is different though. (Do not bring a baby to this movie. The sound is loud. The loud sound will make the baby cry. The people around you do not want to hear a crying baby. And to the lady that brought a baby to the showing I was at, thanks. Your mom of the year plaque is in the mail.)
Edge of Tomorrow opens June 6. It is rated PG-13 intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material.