Edge of Tomorrow ****

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Run Time: 113 mins        Cert: 12A

 

Synopsis: When army officer Cage (Tom Cruise) is sent to fight in a war against an alien race, he finds himself living the same day over and over again in an attempt to save his fellow humans.

 

Cage (Tom Cruise) is an army publicity officer who has no experience on the battlefield. When he arrives on a base in England, he is informed by Master Sergeant Farrel (Bill Paxton) that he will be fighting the alien race with the rest of the soldiers. After being killed by an alien, he finds himself working with experienced fighter Rita (Emily Blunt) as he repeatedly relives the previous day.

 

The script is unpredictable and resembles a sci-fi version of the 1993 comedy “Groundhog Day”. Each time the timeline is reset, the viewer becomes more unsure where the story is going. Coupled with good action scenes, this is likely to keep the audience interested.

 

Cruise gives an enjoyable performance as the lead male and works well with female counterpart Blunt. The supporting cast also perform to a high standard with Bill Paxton providing comic relief as army sergeant Farrel and Brendan Gleeson playing a corrupt general.

 

The ending is disappointing in that it doesn’t really make sense. There are a lot of unanswered questions and things that don’t add up.

 

With its well written script, good performances and entertaining effects, “Edge of Tomorrow” is a good quality film but is let down by a weak ending.

 

Reviewed by Lesley Logan

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