Edge of Tomorrow follows the story of coward officer, Major William Cage (Tom Cruise). After an alien invasion on Earth, Cage is forced onto the front line where he is killed alongside many of his fellow soldiers. Immediately after dying he awakens on the previous day, unharmed. Cage soon meets a special forces warrior, Rita (Emily Blunt) who explains that he must defeat the alien race if he wishes to move onto the next day.
The film takes familiar themes and scenarios and makes them its own. Everybody at some point in time has seen a film that features a) an alien invasion with only one man who can stop it or b) a movie where the main character repeats the same day over and over. Edge of Tomorrow uses these two very familiar themes to its advantage and turns them into an exciting, thrilling, fast paced film that will without a doubt go down as a classic piece of science fiction.
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are at their finest. Cruise plays a character that's both very unlike many of his previous characters, yet so very similar. Rarely does he get a chance to play a character that's a complete coward. He's unwillingly forced onto the battlefield, but by being forced he transforms into the character that we know and love, but again it's not quite the same. Blunt is also fantastic in the supporting role, giving an absolute ripper of a performance. She proves that women are just as capable as men, if not more capable, at playing kick ass characters in action movies, which most films don't dare to do.
The film is completely shocking at times, especially the suspenseful third act. The film verges on predictability, but a certain event occurs at the end of the second act that looses this completely. From then on out I had no idea what I was expecting to happen. The film could kill off every character and we'd still be left wondering if they're actually dead or if Cage recently woke up again in order to save them. This aspect of the film plays a major role as the storyline progresses too.
Edge of Tomorrow is a real mind bender throughout and it knows it. The film understands the fact that our minds are being warped as we sit and watch the film and so it plays off this concept frequently. It never needs to show every time Cage is killed or is forced to restart because of the sensational storytelling, witty dialogue and brilliant directing. It's not another action film where you can switch your brain off and it'll still have the same effect on you. Edge of Tomorrow tests the capability of our minds and I don't regret it in the least bit.
To sum up, Edge of Tomorrow takes familiar plot points and makes them its own with a fast paced story, exhilarating action, unexpected scenarios, great direction, top notch performances and witty dialogue. It's a classic in the making.