The film tells the story of Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), who has never seen a day of combat. His life turns upside down when he’s forced into a battle against the Mimics, an alien race that has infiltrated the Earth. To make matters worse, Cage realizes that being killed during the battle simply makes him wake up at the beginning of the day. He relives the day on loop until he gets help from Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who trains him to become more efficient at combat. Together, they set out to kill the invaders and rescue Earth.
Though Tom Cruise delivers a notable performance, he pales in comparison to Emily Blunt. Blunt takes her character to a whole new level. Her portrayal keeps Rita from ever becoming a token one-dimensional female warrior. Charlotte Riley, Franz Drameh and Tony Way are also good, though they have very little screen-time. In fact, they feel criminally underutilized.
Unsurprisingly, the film also features impressive visual effects. It is a dazzling display of machines and war, which will make it hard to look away even for a split second.
The only thing keeping Edge of Tomorrow from being truly great is how repetitive it feels. Of course, a film with the tagline "Live. Die. Repeat." is bound to be at least a little repetitive. This works well in the second-half, when it has already picked up pace. However, the repetition drags the first-half of the film down, making it feel slow and at times, boring.
Edge of Tomorrow also feels repetitive because of its similarities to other (and arguably, better) films like Groundhog Day.
The spectacular action scenes, the chemistry between Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and a unique twist make the film worth watching. However, Edge of Tomorrow is only meant to be watched once. Any more than that and you would probably want the Mimics to kill you too.
Why should you watch this film?
Edge of Tomorrow is an enjoyable action film, which doesn’t pretend to be any more than that. It takes great characters and combines them with breathtaking visuals to put together a film that is entertainment at its best. If you love sci-fi based action films, you can’t afford to miss Edge of Tomorrow.