Tom Cruise is all that stands between us and extinction. Yes, I know - we've been here before in umpteen action movies that feature one of the world's biggest stars. But Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman, is a little different. In this one, we also get to see Cruise die again and again and again.
The film has been described as Groundhog Day for sci-fi fans. Cruise, playing Major William Cage, gets infected by alien blood and acquires the powers to reset time. He keeps dying and keeps going back to where he started but with each life, he acquires new skills, which help him to ultimately defeat the enemy and save the world. If you think that's a spoiler, you haven't seen enough Tom Cruise movies.
Based on the novel All You Need is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow has a compelling plot that becomes less and less interesting as it plays out. The fabulous Emily Blunt plays the warrior Rita, who helps Cage in his mission. The two make for an intriguing combination - Blunt has a fierce intelligence that blazes through even this largely banal role. The action is propulsive and the snazzy editing by James Herbert and Laura Jennings keeps the narrative moving frantically even though the same scenario is repeated over and over. Despite this, tedium invariably seeps in. By the time, we got to the limp climax, my mind was far, far away. I came out of the theater, utterly exhausted.
In a summer brimming with annihilating monsters, vicious aliens and assorted villains, Edge of Tomorrow just isn't dazzling enough to stand out. I'm going with two and a half stars.