Groundhog Day with Zerg: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow delivers exactly what the marketing portrayed: a fun summer sci fi movie. It’s not too long, in an age of 2 and a half to 3 hour marathon movies. The pacing is good, action is a bit over the top, but manageable. The feather in Edge of Tomorrow’s cap is Bill Paxton. While he starts off as his usual douche bag soldier, after a couple rounds, and the fact the audience knows what’s coming, makes his character quite amusing.

Speaking of the actors, in talking with friends and co-workers about Edge of Tomorrow, I found there were quite a few people who have an irrational dislike for Tom Cruise. I, too, have my prejudices, but  I’ve never had the Tom Cruise aversion. Except for The Last Samurai, but that was a casting issue based on race, not his qualifications as an actor. This is a long way round the barn to say that if your one of the Cruise haters, you’ll like this movie because he gets his ass handed to him, a lot. Quite a few time in pride-crushing ways. It’s not normally a metric I use, but schadenfreude is what it is, and us bastards are what we are.

In essence Edge of Tomorrow is Groundhog Day with the Zerg, well worth checking out in theaters. One final note, a friend reminded me that the plot of Edge of Tomorrow is strikingly similar to an episode of Stargate SG1, “Window of Opportunity.” This doesn’t hurt the movie in the grand scheme of things, I just bring it up to give sci fi nerds something to grouse about.

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