Just seen Live-Die-Repeat (aka ‘The Edge of Tomorrow). Aliens with some time-altering ability attack the Earth. Tom Cruise is a press-ganged soldier who gets covered in the blood of one and then has the ability to ‘re-set’ the day every time he’s killed. Yes, the premise is as daft as anything you’ve ever heard – in fact, Tom’s character has a devil of a time convincing anyone in the film he’s not plum crazy. But it all means we get quite an entertaining problem-solving movie, as Tom and his female sidekick (Emily Blunt) try and get through a horrendous battle over and over, to get to the mega-baddie. Yes, it’s just like watching someone play a video game and learning the patterns of the aliens’ movements.
There are decent jokes, there is decent action (without any real peril of course, cos they can just re-set) and there is even a credible sense of romance between Cruise and Blunt. But it didn’t quite keep me hooked. The plot veers a bit. Some of the minor characters are utterly unintelligible (and horribly, horribly cliched) and there is a strange sense that the film is re-running WW2, and that Tom Cruise is single-handedly winning it for the world. That, to me, is objectionable. So what score would I give it? Hmm. Well, it’s better than a lot of action scifi films, and I enjoyed it more than Transcendence, so 7.5 out of 10.