So here’s the question of the day: How much longer can 52-year-old Tom Cruise hold onto his reign as the top action hero of Hollywood blockbusters?
After seeing “Edge of Tomorrow,” it looks like Cruise has another good 20 years in him; seriously, the man looks and moves the way he did in his “Top Gun” days.
But let’s forget Cruise for a few minutes and focus on the new sci-fi action thriller in town, from the capable hands of Doug Liman, who also directed 2002’s “The Bourne Identity.” Here is a film that transforms the existential concept of Bill Murray’s famous “Groundhog Day” — being stuck in the same day over and over again — into a heavily militarized sci-fi concept that occasionally works on our emotions, but most of the time borders on an outdated video game.
The screenplay was adapted from Japanese writer Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s “All You Need Is Kill,” a light novel, which is basically a form of simplified literature targeting middle- and high-school students. The primary target demographic here must also be the same group, since the film’s main aim is the grandiose staging of a sequence of large set-pieces involving massive explosions, demolition and combat.
It is the near future and the world has been attacked by a mysterious alien species called the Mimics, who have taken over mainland Europe. The world has joined forces to establish a militarized supranational organization to win the war against the aliens. Major Cage (Cruise) is a media officer who misfortunately finds himself forced to land in Normandy the next day to fight a major battle as a regular soldier. During the battle, Cage gets killed by one of the aliens, but wakes up at the beginning of the day before. He is stranded in a time loop. The man tries everything to get out of the loop, but everything he does ends in the same way: The aliens win the battle and Cage is brought back to life the same morning… see more