Monday, June 9, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow Review - 2½ Stars

Tom Cruise zips along as a slick Army PR guy pushed into combat against am  invading force of aliens creatures that look like an angry octopus in “Edge of Tomorrow.”   Whatever these invaders are, they’re not pleasant.  And right off the bat Cruise gets killed, but wait!  He wakes up where the story started and gets to do it all over again, kinda like bill Murray did in “Ground Hog Day.”  Don’t worry they explain it all later in the film.  Cruise meets Emily Blunt, a tough lady Marine who makes the time loop journey with him over and over.  She is ripped and glistening and tough as nails and gives this story a feminist twist.  The movie feels fast and energetic and holds your interest.  Cruise looks great considering he’s been playing the same kind of characters for at least thirty years.  Of course on screen Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise and never whatever character he’s signed up to play.  So with Cruise you don’t exactly dive in deep.  But for shallow fun, you could do worse than “Edge of tomorrow.”  Does it deliver what it promises?  Sci Fi Adventure.  Is it entertaining?  Not bad.  Is it worth the price of admission?  For sci-fi action thriller fans.