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HindustanTimes Thu,27 Nov 2014

Movie review by Rashid Irani: Edge of Tomorrow is hardly original

Rashid Irani, Hindustan Times   June 07, 2014
First Published: 00:24 IST(7/6/2014) | Last Updated: 00:34 IST(7/6/2014)

Direction: Doug Liman
Actors: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
Rating: ***

The premise is hardly original. Over the years, several Hollywood films ranging from the seminal Groundhog Day (1993) to the more recent Source Code, have focused on a character who is forced to re-live moments of his life when he is caught in a time-loop. Now, add Edge of Tomorrow to the list. Adapted from the Japanese novel All you Need Is Kill, the sci-fi adventure is set in Europe in the not-too-distant future. A horde of extraterrestrials has decimated our planet’s population. The military might of mankind has failed to stem the onslaught.

Enter a glib-tongued spokesperson (Cruise) for the US army. Branded a deserter after an altercation with a commanding officer (Brendan Gleeson), the PR man is fitted with weaponised body armour and airdropped into the war zone. Ill-prepared for combat, he is killed almost immediately. But there’s a twist in the knotty tale. It seems death isn’t the end for the fallen hero.  He keeps reawakening only to be thrust into the same fatal conflict over and over again. Go figure.

Meanwhile, a veteran warrior (Blunt) who once shared a similar ability helps the ‘looper’ come to grips with his temporal condition. At best, Edge of Tomorrow adds up to a videogame-compatible diversion.

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