Movie Review - "Edge of Tomorrow"

Recently I was invited to a screening of Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

I got a Klout perk to attend the screening (yay for great Klout perks by the way) and LM attended the screening with me. This was also a 3D screening of the film.

So what's this movie about? Check out the synopsis, courtesy of Yahoo Movies:

The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances. Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped -- untrained and ill-equipped -- into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop -- dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over. But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski, who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.

I'd seen the trailer for this movie and was really excited to see it. I liked the idea of the movie - a sci-fi Groundhog's Day - and I also really love Emily Blunt. I'm not a huge Tom Cruise fan but you can't deny his action movie abilities. The movie begins with us seeing Tom Cruise's character, Bill Cage, making the media rounds as the rep from the military. He flies into London to meet with a superior, and their conversation goes way left which leads to Cage being sent to infantry. We see the scene that blesses Cage with his power to relive the same day over and over, but we aren't informed until later exactly why he's living the same day over and over. The film does a pretty good job showing how Cage makes changes each day to learn from his mistakes so that he's able to progress further and further. Eventually he meets up with Emily Blunt's character, who is the one to explain to him what's going on. The two formulate a plan to try to defeat the Mimics, and they have to go through an insane number of days to get to where they need to be.

I was surprised at how funny this movie was. I was expecting a serious action film, but the writers did a good job interjecting a good amount of humor as well, which kept the film light. The nerd in me loved the exoskeleton suits the soldiers wore in the movie. The action scenes were pretty cool in 3-D. That's about all I loved in this movie. I expected...more than what we got. Maybe my expectations were too high. This should have been an amazing movie, but I was underwhelmed. I didn't like the cheesy way that the movie ended or the way they made this secondary love story between Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

I know other reviewers have loved it but I walked out feeling like it was just an ok movie. I'm glad that I saw it at a free screening, because I would have been disappointed if I had paid to see it.