Film review: Edge of Tomorrow
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★★★☆☆Over the last three decades the ever reliable Tom Cruise has saved the day countless times. At 52 however some doubts have been cast over whether he’s still got it after Oblivion and Jack Reacher teetered too close to being naff. That’s not slowed Cruise down though, as he stars in Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow, and would you believe it, he goes and saves the day once more, hurrah! There’s life in the old dog yet. The twist here is that along the way he also gets to cock up countless times too, as if perhaps cleverly nodding to the collective understanding between actor and audience that after being in the game for so long there might be a little rustiness. The world is at siege; aliens have appeared in disappointingly generic form and are disappointingly banal in their objectives. Major William Cage (Cruise) is the army's top PR guy, stirring up recruiters for the cause, selling the new combat suit to the masses as a sure fire way to serve your planet just like battle-hardened, Special Forces killing machine, Rita, played by Emily Blunt (pictured above). Major Cage has never actually experienced combat before however and has absolutely no desire to do so until General Brigham, played by Brendan Gleeson, demands he shoot his next war promo from the front line. Cage kicks up a fuss but before he knows it, finds himself with some rather amateurish troopers right in the thick of it. An unexpected turn of events sees him relive through the same moments leading up to the beach assault, until he slowly (teetering on laboriously) drags himself, Rita and what remains of the amateur squad, towards our salvation.
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