Ba­si­cally Ground­hog Day with fu­tur­is­tic ex­treme vi­o­lence – and there’s noth­ing wrong with that

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This Tom Cruise ve­hi­cle se­ri­ously un­der­per­formed at the box of­fice. But is a sur­pris­ngly en­ter­tain­ing and re­fresh­ing sci-fi yarn. As in last year’s un­der­rated sci-fier Obliv­ion, Cruise im­presses by ex­pand­ing his range, a lit­tle bit. You usu­ally know for sure go­ing into one of Cruise’s films that he’ll sur­vive to the end, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween his two looks – fur­row­browed con­cen­tra­tion and shit-eat­ing grin – along the way. In this alien-in­va­sion ex­plode-a-thon, how­ever, he dies early on, and then re­peat­edly (and of­ten hu­mourously), thanks to the film’s Ground­hog Day- ap­ing time-loop struc­ture. With an ex­cel­lent sup­port­ing cast fea­tur­ing ev­ery­one from Emily Blunt to Bill Pax­ton (Hud­son from Aliens – “Game over man!”), the re­sult is gritty and in­tel­li­gent yet a blast to watch. $35 Blu-ray, $25 HD down­load, out Oc­to­ber 8

The wear­ables of the fu­ture will be far more dis­creet

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