Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Tom Cruise is, by far, the biggest movie star on the planet. Whether he is performing his own mesmerizing stunts or singing in jukebox musicals, there is no doubt that Tom Cruise has the pick of the bunch when it comes to exciting movie roles. But now, friends and foes of Cruise’s work can rejoice, as latest release, Edge Of Tomorrow, sees him die on screen. Countless times.
Edge Of Tomorrow is the latest directorial outing for Doug Liman, of Bourne Identity fame, and it tells the story of a solider (Cruise) caught in a war with aliens, who must continually die in the same battle, on the same day, but in different ways, in order to learn the only way to save the human race. If you read that and are now thinking, “Groundhog Day meets Terminator Salvation”, you wouldn’t be far wrong. I’m sure Source Code was a title thrown around in development meetings, too.
I’ll be honest with you dear reader; I am hooked by this concept. As a fan of Cruise’s work (clangers not included) I always look forward to what on-screen adventure he is going to get in to next, and with Edge Of Tomorrow, he looks to be on to a winner.
… it will be nice to see him do a film devised from original content…
The film looks smart, the supporting cast (Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton) will all bring their own weight to the part, and I quite think, and hope, that this film will not have a happy ending for Cruise. I think it will be a personal game-changer for him, and it will be nice to see him do a film devised from original content before the onslaught of Cruise-heavy adaptations, reboots and sequels plague our screen in the next few years. I mean, I like the guy, but another Top Gun? Really?
Edge Of Tomorrow will be hitting the screens at the end of May. Watch the trailer, build the hype, and let’s all pray that this one comes up trumps… If only for Emily Blunt’s sake.