As of late, Tom Cruise in an action movie has been kind of an ironic gimmicky thing. Edge of Tomorrow is good, however, and Tom Cruise is good in it. That’s really all the justification you need to go out and see this movie.
“Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt team up to fight big bad alien monsters” is basically the plot of the movie, albeit with the video-game-esque respawn feature that Tom Cruise gets. So as to avoid spoiling the movie, the respawn gimmick is only one of many sci-fi cliches in Edge of Tomorrow (Phantom Menace, anyone?). But as gimmicky and trope-filled as it is, it’s fun and well done and put a smile on my face. If you’ve seen Tom Cruise’s other one-off sci-fi movie, Oblivion, you can expect something very similar in terms of how its done, with the exception that the pace is much better in this movie. Hell, they even use the one-F-bomb-allowed thing that Oblivion did.
It’s ironic that the main element of the movie is the ability to relive the same day over and over again, because I found myself narrating the movie as it was happening due to how predictable the script was. But again, it’s a fun summertime action flick with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, so who’s really going to hard-rail the writers aside from myself?
In the end, Edge of Tomorrow is getting no publicity whatsoever and deserves as many earnest movie goers as it can reel in. So go out and support this movie as it might just be the last shred of original, non-sequel, non-cash-cow fun Hollywood is willing to let slip out.