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'Edge of Tomorrow' is repeatedly pleasing time-travel summer blockbuster

6/10/2014

I wasn't expecting to like "Edge of Tomorrow." From the previews I had seen, I figured it would be a gimmick movie with a exactly one cool idea that becomes tired and overused in the first 10 minutes. Happily, I was very wrong.

"Edge of Tomorrow" is based around a time travel idea wherein the main character, played by Tom Cruise, relives the same day over and over to attempt to overcome an alien invasion that has decimated Europe. Director Doug Liman, of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and "The Bourne Identity" fame, uses this structural hook in both a very compelling and very entertaining ways. What's more, the time travel elements presented make good cinematic sense. I'm sure there are a few plot holes to discover. However, I found no major issues, which is impressive in a genre that is a spawning pool for logical inconsistencies.

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt headline "Edge of Tomorrow" to great effect. Cruise is perfectly cast and adeptly handles the intense action and comedic relief, as well as serving as the "just below the water" guideline audiences needs to keep up with the narrative. While Cruise and Blunt play their respective parts well, the chemistry between them was not what it could, or should, have been.

You can't judge a book by its cover and while it is very possible to judge a film by it's trailer; that judgement is not always accurate, even amongst movie critics. I highly would recommend "Edge of Tomorrow." It's an entertaining thrill ride with all the hallmarks we've come to expect from summer blockbusters -- all while being a smart piece of filmmaking. For want of a little more heart, "Edge of Tomorrow" could have repeated its success enough times to secure a spot amongst the all-time greats.

5 of 6 stars

James Gerstner works at Fort Hays State University.