Directed By: Doug Liman
Genre:ACTION ADVENTURE/SCI FI
Time: 113 min
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, and Bill Paxton
Plot: An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.
Comments: I don’t like Tom Cruise, but I do enjoy his movies. E feels the same way. We were feeling undecided about the film though. While the trailers looked interesting, they didn’t grab me. And then the critics began to rave a bit about how great it was. We were sold.
Based on a Japanese novel titled ‘All You Need is Kill’ (Better title by the way), it chronicles a not so heroic Major William Cage (Cruise) who finds himself on the frontlines battling the alien ‘Mimics’. It doesn’t go so well. But instead of staying dead, he finds himself waking up in the same spot he did before he was sent off to war. After enlisting Emily Blunt’s character, Rita Vrataski (Love the Full Metal Bitch moniker everyone gives her), they race to find a way to stop the Mimics and stop the massacre on the battlefield.
Strangely it was quite funny in places, kind of like a sci fi version of Groundhog Day and even had a score to reflect its lighter tone in those moments. But there were also your typical action scenes, a hint of romance, and some very palpable tension. In a way it also reminded me of a videogame where you died, respawned, and then played the game differently until you finished the Boss battle. I completely believed Emily Blunt could kick ass and take names. The third act is a bit slow, but perhaps this is largely due to the fact that we don’t have our repeat the day editing which is top notch. Loved the cinematography, loved that I hated Cage in the beginning and then was rooting for him in the end.
Rent/Cinema? Cinema. It was a great summer blockbuster full of aliens, explosions, and humor. Its far better than expected and I recommend it to all.