Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow *****

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Edge of Tomorrow is a Science Fiction war movie about aliens attacking the Earth. Tom Cruise plays Major Cage who goes to England as a journalist. His insubordination lands him in the European Army as a grunt about to attack the aliens on a D-Day suicide assault to recapture Continental Europe. Thousands of soldiers have really cool exoskeleton armor that protects them, gives them advanced strength, and allows them to carry extra weaponry and supplies. However, he has had no training in how to work the protective suit and becomes a liability to the squad. They all die. However, something happens on the battlefield that allows him to do-over each day (like in Groundhog Day). He learns a little more every day and becomes a proficient killing machine over time. He dies every day, and each day that he reboots gets a little longer, and is filled with more knowledge of a new scenario that might have different results–as long as he does everything exactly the same way as the day before. A plan is devised to find other soldiers who will believe he has already seen the results of the day and to help him get to where he believes the alien leader is located. All they have to do is get there and destroy it in one take.

I liked the story. It was well-told and easy to comprehend. Tom Cruise was great in the lead role. Emily Blunt was equally good in her supporting role. The minute changes in the daily repeats were loaded with good humor. The soldiers, their weapons and armory were very cool. The aliens were fast and brutal. There were a lot of war scenes, but not much blood, guts, or graphic violence. Just lots of shooting and exploding. I do not recall any profanity. There was even time for a love story. The ending took me by surprise. PG-13 is an accurate rating. I saw this with my wife. We both loved it. 5 out of 5 stars.

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