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Thursday, November 06, 2014

War of the Worlds meets Groundhog Day

This week's movie rental was Edge of Tomorrow ...

a 2014 American science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The film takes place in the near future, where an alien race has invaded the Earth and defeated the world's military units. It follows Major William Cage (Cruise), a public relations officer inexperienced in combat, who is deployed into a combat mission against the aliens. Though Cage is killed in minutes, he finds himself starting over in a time loop, repeating the same mission and being killed. Each time, Cage learns to fight the aliens better, and he teams up with Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt) to defeat them.

I liked it! Though it's pretty grim, there's a fair amount of humor as well, and I think Cruise does a really good job. The aliens are interesting too, both in the way they look and the way they move ... one scene of them taking over London via the Thames is quite creepy :)

You can read a review of the movie from The LA Times - Review 'Edge of Tomorrow,' Tom Cruise run loops around competition

And here's a trailer ...


Anonymous Richard said...

Yes, very well done. Cruise is a master of what ever this quirky SF genre is. I liked the way they portrayed his character deftly overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles through countless do-overs. Life should be that way...I think. Maybe not.

1:04 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Richard. Yeah, I did really like that film, especially the sqiiddy aliens :)

1:14 PM  

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