“Edge of Tomorrow” is about a man who relives the same day over and over again as he gets closer and closer to saving the human race from an alien invasion. Every time he advances into new territory, the audience feels a fresh level of tension as they anticipate what will happen next.

In “Edge of Tomorrow,” the man caught in a loop is Tom Cruise, who — one could argue — has made a career out of a repeating loop of running and explosions.

Fortunately “Edge of Tomorrow” has a bit more going for it than a simple gimmick and an international movie star and the result, while far from earth shattering, is a satisfying summer-movie experience.

Set in the not-too-distant future, an alien race has landed in Germany and proceeded to systematically wipe out humanity. A last-ditch counter-offensive is planned where soldiers in mechanized body suits are to storm a beach in France. In case you haven’t noticed, this movie is totally in love with World War II references

This is one of the better militaristic sci-fi movies to come along since James Cameron’s “Aliens.” Doug Liman capitalizes on his frenetic shooting and editing style that he originated with “The Bourne Identity,” blending traditional soldier fraternization scenes with incredible beach invasion chaos with frightening monster attacks and, finally, Bourne-like car chases through Europe. In typical Liman fashion, “Edge of Tomorrow” is all motion, but there is sharp humor and genuine suspense strategically placed throughout, making this a solid and tight action movie.

Director Doug Liman lavishes time on these early scenes, and they’re crucial in the way they ground the movie in its world and establish a bond between audience and protagonist. The major starts off as the viewer’s surrogate, an entirely sympathetic spectator to horror. We’re with him for the beach landing, which isn’t by boat but by airplane, with the soldiers jumping out of the bottom, wearing armor and suspended by cords. It’s the familiar terror and chaos, augmented by futuristic technology.


‘Edge of Tomorrow’
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley
Run Time: 1 hour, 53 minutes
Release Date: June 6
4 stars out of 5