Synopsis: Read on IMDB
Should you watch this movie? Absolutely! And again, I can’t believe I’m saying this yet again on a movie starring Tom Cruise.
In the war between humans an an invading alien race dubbed “Mimics”, officer Cafe gets thrown into battle without ever seeing a day of combat and is killed within minutes. Inexplicably, he finds himself on a time loop where he re-lives the brutal events of the day over and over. He eventually gets better at fighting the aliens and with the help of Sgt. Rita Vrataski get closer to defeated the invading race.
I still can’t believe it: I can honestly say this movie, which stars one of my least favorite actors, is one of the best I’ve seen this summer. And by that I don’t mean to say the bar of quality movies this summer is very low. I seriously liked it. Maybe it’s the fact Cruise spends most of the movie getting his ass kicked by pretty much everyone. Or the fact he has to re-evaluate his pretentious attitude over and over again. Maybe it’s the always lovely Emily Blunt who, aside from being her usual gorgeous self, is an absolute badass from beginning to end. She plays Sergeant Rita Vrataski.
The movie concept could’ve gone very wrong. After all, we are talking about a premise where the same timeframe is repeated over and over again. But the execution is absolutely perfect. At no point the plot feels repetitive and every chance the character of Cage gets to relive the day, more information surfaces and more opportunities to provide pure, fast paced entertainment present themselves. And the director, Doug Liman, takes every single one and nails it.
Visually it is great with well executed special effects and greatly shot actions scenes. And it also well written with smart and witty dialog. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Bill Paxton in the role of Master Sergeant Farell. Overall, the story is captivating and you’ll be at the edge of your seat all the way till the end! Quite the enjoyable experience!
Bechdel Test: Fail
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it Emily Blunt plays the lead character Rita Vrataski. In a minor role, Charlotte Riley plays Nance, a soldier in J squad which Cage is assigned to.
2. Who talk to each other They don’t talk to each other.
3. About something besides a man See above
Does it matter? Yes and no. Let’s begin with the latter: the characters are strong female characters. Rita especially is not only a strong female character, but she does not play second fiddle to Cage’s character. In fact, without her Cage doesn’t stand a chance. And now for the former. It matters because even in an apocalyptic earth there are women. Tons and tons of women. And they usually talk. Just saying.
Paola’s mood after watching this movie: