Claps for: For providing a healthy dose of entertainment.
Slaps for: Nothing much, really!
Popcorn refills: None
The Plot: Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is a military officer with no combat experience who is thrust into battle against a seemingly invincible alien race invading the earth. Forced into battle, he is inexplicably caught in a time loop of sorts where he has to undergo the same scenario over and over again! He finds an ally in Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), the army's poster girl adept at killing the alien species called 'Mimics'. With each passing loop, Cage begins to understand the enemy better and gets him closer to beating them. Sounds outrageous? Actually, it is quite fun!
Performance: Tom Cruise shows that he still has the charisma and star power to carry a movie on his shoulders. Emily Blunt is convincing as the futuristic female Rambo! Not much to say about rest of the supporting cast with notable cameos by seasoned actors Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson.
Direction: Doug Liman, who has movies like The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith to his credit, does a fine job with this one. The story may sound outlandish but the treatment is very good. Liman manages to keep the viewers engaged and maintains a good pacing throughout. The 'repeat' scenes had the potential to be boring but he just seems to know how to hold on to your attention. Doug Liman deserves every bit of credit that goes to the movie.
Combo-on-offer: Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt form a deadly partnership (seriously) bashing up aliens. This sci-fi fare has action, drama and humor in appropriate amounts to keep you engaged. The story only sounds complicated, but goes on smoothly without much confusion. The visual effects are top notch, which is usually the case with big budget Hollywood movies. Sci-fi flicks can be boring, especially with such a storyline. This one is engaging and highly entertaining.
Verdict: If you love sci-fi, action, loads of visual effects and not to forget, Tom Cruise, then you don't want to miss this one! It is Claps all the way for Edge of Tomorrow.