Edge of Tomorrow ★★★

You guys, Sparky's in it! Do you really need any other reason to go see it? You know, Sparky? From Speed Racer...? My profile pic? What, you want an actual review? Yeah, okay, whatever.

Incredibly well paced with a smart and funny script, Edge of Tomorrow has more entertainment value than any of the year's big budget sci-fi actioners thus far. Tom Cruise is in full movie-star form as the leading man, and as an admitted fan of his I enjoyed his off-key casting as the fish-out-of-water talking-head forced onto the front line. Emily Blunt is maybe even better as the determined sidekick, and I couldn't help thinking what a great world it would be where their roles were reversed. For a movie that I certainly wouldn't classify as a comedy, I think I laughed harder at this than anything else this year except perhaps Grand Budapest.

The movie takes the premise from Groundhog Day/Source Code and throws it in an alien invasion movie. This unstoppable alien force has the power to rewind time and correct its mistakes, so when Cruise accidentally hijacks this power he becomes the world's only hope for survival. As the story progresses however, Blunt and the audience gradually realize that perhaps Cruise knows more than he lets on. The obligatory training montage lasts a little longer than it needs to and the camera definitely wants you to know that Emily Blunt has an attractive body, but for the most part the movie is tightly constructed with a mind for fun.

As with all the sci-fi that's come out so far this year, Edge of Tomorrow isn't without fault. Cruise never offers a peak under the hood at his thoughts so there's no real emotional connection to his character. His performance is enough to deliver some of the existential sorrow which arises from his situation, but these glimpses are few and far between. Because of this the film uses its intriguing premise primarily for entertainment value rather than intellectual inquiry, but the good thing is you'll probably be having too much fun to care.

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Final Notes:
-America still has to save the world even when the aliens land in Europe.
-This exo-skeleton armor fad is really catching on.
-This quote from Ty Burr's review is hilarious: "'Edge of Tomorrow' is a sci-fi battle movie with a time-travel hook: 'Groundhog Day' meets 'Independence Day,' which by my calendar means it should be called 'April 19th.'"

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