Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), Edge of Tomorrow is based on the novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
Set in the near future, Earth is under invasion from an aggressive race of aliens (as the near future often is). Using a revolutionary new mechanised combat suit, the military hope to turn the tide of war.
Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) plays a slick but cowardly PR officer who is forcibly sent to the front lines in England for combat. Of course, with very limited experience, he dies within a matter of minutes in a brutal landing sequence. However, much to his surprise, he then re-awakens a day earlier with full recollection of what's to come.
As his Groundhog Day realisation sets in, Cage starts to try different tactics and seeks the help of one-woman-army Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). As he develops from trembling zero to hardened hero, we are treated to spectacular set-pieces, each full of tension and adrenaline-fuelled action. It's essentially a videogame come to life, in the best possible way.
Brendan Gleeson and Bill Paxton also star as General Brigham and Master Sergeant Farell respectively.
The time loop device is handled brilliantly, with each failed or remotely successful attempt bringing something new to the story. There's also plenty of humour as Cruise plays with his growing future knowledge, while dying more than South Park's Kenny.
Edge of Tomorrow is a hugely entertaining sci-fi action treat. Cruise and Blunt are on top form in an explosive adventure that you'll want to watch again and again. Expect the film to make an impression on our best films of 2014 list later this year...
The 3D Blu-ray offers the best experience, with the eye-popping visuals making it an essential purchase. Special features include deleted scenes (complete with animatics and green screens), On The Edge with Doug Liman, Weapons of the Future and Storming the Beach; an in-depth look at bringing the epic landing sequence to life. Sadly there's no cast or crew commentary for additional scene-by-scene insight.