Edge of Tomorrow (****1/2)
Emily kicks ass
Groundhog Day with aliens
Cruise does action well
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. A review of Edge of Tomorrow on Badass Digest described the movie as—I'm paraphrasing a bit—the best video game movie not based on any video game. I think that fits it to a T. Although Tom Cruise often comes across in real like like a bit of a whack job, he's a fine actor, at least in this kind of role.
Edge of Tomorrow is about a man who gets thrown into a war between humans and aliens somewhat against his will. On his first foray into the fight, he kills an alien, but dies in the process. As soon as that happens, he wakes up ... on the morning of the day prior. He must figure out why this is happening to him and how to stay alive. If he happens to save the world in the process, that would just be a bonus.
I might have mentioned this before, or a lot, but I like action movies. But I particularly like action movies with a bit of plot and humor intermixed with the action. Edge of Tomorrow had both. Yes, it's very much like a scifi version of Groundhog Day, but that works in its favor. Although Tom's character is a total douche at first, he grows during the movie and is actually quite likeable by the end. Emily Blunt's character is a total badass, but can be a little abrasive at times. Emily does a great job of helping her to be more than a flat action hero.
The CGI in the movie was quite interesting as well. The aliens are more than a little terrifying—I would most definitely NOT want to come up against them in a dark alley. Or a light alley. Or EVER.
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good action or scifi flick.