With remakes and Marvel currently dominating the action/thriller genre, it’s nice to see movies like Live Die Repeat thrown into the mix.
Although it only did $100 million domestically (due to piss-poor marketing, which is why Warner Brothers renamed it from just Edge of Tomorrow to Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow and relaunched it), Live Die Repeat was one of the most entertaining and original sci-fi flicks that I’ve seen in a long time. Think of it as Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day meets a high-octane exoskeleton video game.
Based on the Japanese novel All You Need is Kill, Live Die Repeat tells the story of a cowardly Army PR guy William Cage, who is ripped from his cushy world of media relations and thrown into a battle suit to join a massive offensive against invading aliens–aliens that are always one step ahead of human strategies and on the brink of conquering the entire planet.
The offensive is a catastrophic failure and Cage is quickly killed, only to awaken a day earlier and forced to relive the suicide mission…over and over and over…with no idea what’s happening or how to escape the time loop. Until he meets the hero of the human forces, however, the warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt), who knows what happened to Cage and who believes it’s the key to winning the war.
The plot makes you think to keep up and doesn’t abuse the time loop mechanic, there’s the right type and amount of humor to win you over, the aliens are terrifying foes, the action sequences and special effects are top-notch, Cruise’s character arc is exceptional and he gives one of his best action performances ever, Blunt makes a great warrior and her and has outstanding chemistry with Cruise, and the climax and resolution deliver in big way.
Seriously. Watch this movie and vote with your dollars for more like it so we have something to look forward to in the theaters besides Super Avengers 27.