EDGE of Tomorrow acts as a cross between Groundhog Day and Halo but is it more than its central gimmick?
From the moment we meet Tom Cruise's Major William Cage we know the film is not playing by the usual action movie tropes.
We learn early that there is an ongoing war between humans and an invading alien force and the humans are losing.
When General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) informs Cage he'll be embedded with troops making a push into France in a D-Day like scenario, Cage tries to weasel his way out of it. He's the military's publicity officer and not adept at fighting.
Stripped of his rank, Cage wakes up at base camp and finds himself among the launching party for the assault and soon after landing in France, dies.
Then he wakes up at base camp to repeat the process again.
Soon he meets Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) who has earnt the nickname The Angel of Verdun for her exploits in the war. It turns out, she has suffered from the same sense of deja vu as Cage.
Cage heads into battle again, and again dying in brutal fashion but learning and adapting to the aliens each time thanks to the tutelage of Vrataski.
The first two acts of the film build on this premise with a wry sense of humour and but also a touch of sadness as Cage develops feelings for Vrataski each time, except for her it is the first time.
Edge of Tomorrow
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton
Director: Doug Liman
Reviewer: Jim Alouat