Cruise proves he’s still in the game
insatiable appetite for shiny new things, it’s unlikely that we will ever again see a star who wields the kind of clout Cruise has enjoyed for such a long period of time.
For all the unflattering headlines and anxiety about his religious beliefs, Cruise has been pretty much the king of Hollywood since 1983’s Risky Business. That’s 31 years on the throne!
After the underwhelming Jack Reacher, however, some have been arguing that Cruise’s crown has seriously slipped. Those people have yet to see Edge of Tomorrow.
Based on a Japanese novel with the infinitely more interesting title
is the best film Cruise been in since 2004’ s
Co-starring the wonderful Emily Blunt, it’s an alien invasion film with a time travel twist.
Initially cast against type, Cruise stars as Major William Cage, a former star of the advertising world who uses his skills to make the military look good in its war against aliens called Mimics that occupy most of Europe. After falling out with the general in charge of Earth’s defences, Cage is stripped of his rank and forced to join the first wave of a D-Day style invasion of France.
Cage is killed soon after landing on the French coast but instead of going to wherever good Scientologists go when they die, he travels back in time and wakes up back in London one day before the invasion.
is, for the most part, as smart as it is loud. Director Doug Liman, who helmed the first Bourne movie, choreographs both the mayhem and the more thoughtful scenes with class, while the cast members appear to relish being in an action film with a brain.
Blunt is perfectly cast as Rita Vrataski, AKA the Angel of Verdun for her heroics on the battlefield. Mission- focused, emotionally bleached by the horror of war and yet unwavering in her courage, Rita really deserves a movie or even a franchise all of her own.
Bill Paxton is also well cast as a military man with a mischievous look in his eye and a memorable turn of phrase.
Cruise meanwhile throws himself into the role with his usual trademark intensity. Cage is the ideal part for him to play at this stage of his career; he’s far from indestructible but when push comes to shove, he steps up.
Cruise artfully portrays Cage’s growing bitterness at this predicament and at the same time gets a chance to inject a surprising amount of humour. Much to my surprise, I found myself and the rest of the audience laughing out loud on several occasions. As far as adrenalin rushes go,
is the film to beat this year. It’s also proof that reports of the death of Cruise’s career have been greatly exaggerated.
Bottom line: It kicks arse.