In the film, we find that the world is under attack by an alien race called ‘Mimics’ and they have now taken over Europe. We are introduced to Tom Cruise’s character, General William Cage, who is a public affairs officer and is meeting General Brigham, played by Brendan Gleeson. General Brigham orders Cage to go into combat however Cage turns it down and says that he has the power to turn the public against him. General Brigham has him arrested, where Cage gets knocked out in the process.
When Cage wakes up, he finds himself at Heathrow Airport, handcuffed. He also discovers that he has been labelled as a ‘deserter’ and is now in combat duty under the guidance of Bill Paxton’s character, Master Sergeant Farrell.
Once Cage is in combat, he manages to kill but is sprayed with a Mimics’ blood and dies. He finds himself in a loop, waking up every time he dies until Emily Blunt’s character, Sergeant Rita Vrataski, recognizes he has this ability and tells him to find her when he relives the day.
This was probably the first time I have seen Cruise in a role that was this mixed as he either goes for just one part of acting however he delivers his role amazingly. It was definitely a boost from his lacklustre performance in Oblivion as I was caught up in who he played rather than looking at my watch the entire time. His character development from a personality to the public-coward to selfless warrior made me enjoy his performance even more.
I personally find it a bit disappointing that the film was underrated but after Oblivion, it’s understandable. However, you should give this film a chance because people who did go and see the film, enjoyed it. I don’t know about those who went in expecting All You Need Is Kill but going into Edge of Tomorrow with the thought of ‘it’s a film and that’s what I’m here to see’ is the best way to approach this.
Note: If you want to see Tom Cruise die, this is a cheap way to do it because *possible spoiler* Tom Cruise never actually dies in any of his films.
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