/Film has described Edge of Tomorrow as “Starship Troopers plus Groundhog Day,” and it really is the best way to describe the film. Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and based off of Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s All You Need is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a soldier who’s deployed into what is essentially a suicide mission against an alien race. Despite being killed shortly after deployment, Cage wakes up at the beginning of the day, having to live, die, and repeat the entire process. It’s until he meets another soldier who was afflicted with the same time loop, Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), that he is able to solve the time loop while also strategizing an attack to successfully defeat their opposition.
I’m a sucker for time travel films and alien wars, so Edge of Tomorrow meets some of my geeky qualifications. I’m not the biggest Tom Cruise fan, but I think the film’s concept might be enough to attract me in spite of that. Plus, Emily Blunt is an undercover badass, and Liman’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, while light and one-dimensional, was really entertaining. Unfortunately, the Edge of Tomorrow won’t be out in theaters until the edge of summer’s beginning next year.