For reasons I can’t quite comprehend, Tom Cruise, though pushing 55 and having more box-office duds under his belt than I can count, still gets action hero work. Decent, summer-scheduled, Doug Liman-directed, McQuarrie/Kurtzman/Orci-written action hero work, no less.
Liman being the helmer of “The Bourne Identity” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, Christopher McQuarrie the Oscar-winning scribe of “The Usual Suspects”, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci the “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” co-creators.
Ergo, with all that behind-the-camera talent, “Edge of Tomorrow” can’t possibly bomb, right? Not so fast. For one thing, the futuristic sci-fi flick has to escape scheduling woes, as it’s slated for a premiere one week after Disney’s ultra-hyped “Maleficent” and seven days ahead of “22 Jump Street” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2”.
It also looks like Warner Bros. may have splashed a little too much cash on this thing while wagering on a premise not nearly as fresh as, say, “Elysium” and a somewhat similar cast, led by Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt instead of Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.
The storyline originality anguish is more than obvious in the first trailer for “Edge of Tomorrow”, which plays out a bit too much like “Source Code”. With a touch of “Groundhog Day”. Also, a subtle “Matrix” vibe is in the air. Oh, to hell with it, it’s got dubstep music and Emily Blunt. Good enough for a guilty pleasure kind of watch.