'Edge of Tomorrow' is science fiction with a sharp edge

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comJune 5, 2014 

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This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Emily Blunt, left, as Rita and Tom Cruise as Cage, in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' sci-fi thriller "Edge of Tomorrow." The film opens in the U.S. in theaters on Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, David James)

DAVID JAMES — AP

Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and borrows heavily from Ground Hog Day and Source Code, and bits and pieces of a bunch of time travel flicks. It casts Cruise as Cage, a PR flack reluctantly cast into the role of humanity's last great hope. Aliens looking like a cross between a tentacled tumbleweed and an octopus have taken over the planet and have humankind on the proverbial ropes.

Cage gets crossways of a grouchy general and ends up on the front lines of an invasion in Normandy, France. It's quite ironic this opens on World War II's D-Day, which landed in the same area, and director Doug Liman makes it look much like the legendary invasion.

Killed almost immediately, as Cage dies he kills an alien that has a special quality that lets it -- and the alien race -- go back in time to repeat the invasion over and over until they get it right. That's why all their invasions succeed.

The mixing of Cage's blood with the alien's blood turns him into a time traveler and gives him the opportunity to repeat the day over and over until he wins the war for humanity. It takes years of days. On the first day, he spots Emily Blunt's Rita. She's the world's best and most popular soldier and used to be like Cage until something happened to change her.

This is an exceptionally well-done and well-written piece of science fiction, and my favorite since the afore-mentioned Source Code. It's creative, original and the execution of the theme by Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Jones) is practically perfect.

Though at 52 he is kind of long in the tooth for a romantic entanglement with the 31-year old Blunt, and to play what is more or less a super hero, Cruise plays Cage with marvelous good humor. He's shot, stabbed, chopped to pieces, blown-up, smashed and seriously killed in all kinds of creative ways. Blunt -- who has excellent chemistry with Cruise -- doesn't fare much better. And neither do the dozen of other peripheral characters in this excellent space invader sci-fi flick.

Director: Doug Liman

Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes, violence. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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