Edge Of Tomorrow
Wednesday, nine, 8.30pm, M (2014)
Director Doug Liman (Mr & Mrs Smith, The Bourne Identity) delivers a compelling and fast-paced popcorn sci-fi flick that might’ve failed in less experienced hands. Set in the near future, it sees Tom Cruise take on the type of role he relishes as arrogant Major William Cage, who finds himself out of his depth when he is deployed in a battle with aliens that are taking over Earth. In a Groundhog Day-esque scenario, he is quickly and violently killed, but finds himself waking up again and again on the same day, allowing him to gradually build up an arsenal of skills for the combat. Versatile Emily Blunt adds a touch of class to proceedings as a tenacious fighter, but you needn’t find any excuses to see this tightly wound, clever acti on thriller.