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6/11/2014 12:01:00 AM
Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow
Cynthia Morse Zumbaugh


I probably should have braved the masses of teen girls to see the newest phenomenon, The Fault in Our Stars, but the combination of my allergy to large groups of giggling girls and some real life sadness made me decide to wait to see a movie that I am warned brings gallons of tears. I decided instead to see Edge of Tomorrow where the only possibility of sadness would be caused by Tom Cruise's acting. I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

The concept is beyond what the commercials show. Cruise's Major William Cage is about as prepared for combat as I am, yet he is thrown into amazing armor and given unfamiliar weapons to battle an Alien race called the Mimics. This is not a futuristic Ethan Hunt; Cage is about as inept of soldier as you will see and Cruise pulls it off better than I would ever have expected.

Major Cage is in the army but not of the army; he does public relations. When he is not too happy about actual combat duty, he is busted to Private and thrown into the fray. The twist in this movie is that since he managed to kill an Alpha Mimic, apparently a pretty special accomplishment, and now he doesn't stay dead when he's killed. I don't think I'm giving anything away when I say that he is killed, but he doesn't stay dead. Think Bill Murray in Groundhog's Day. He awakes anew each day and has to keep reliving the horrific scenario that killed him and Special Forces legend Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) until he makes it through.

The plot is original, the special effects are impressive and the performances are surprisingly good. I love Emily Blunt and she doesn't disappoint here. Cruise gives a far more believable performance as the very flawed Cage than he has in previous movies as more impressive men and there is a surprising amount of humor in this movie. I actually laughed quite a bit. Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson are wonderful as Cage's master sergeant and general. The ending was rather a let down, but still a movie worth seeing.

Rated PG-13 mainly for intense action and violence, a comparatively small amount of profanity and one brief "butt shot," probably not for very young children but preteen boys will like the action.


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