Saturday, June 7, 2014

'Edge of Tomorrow': Emily Blunt in 'Fringe'

Tom Cruise's vehicle, "The Edge of Tomorrow," turns out to be Emily Blunt's movie, a bastard child of "Fringe" and "Groundhog Day," and one that's thoroughly enjoyable.

You won't see much of this summer blockbuster around Oscar time, but you'll like the premise, the action and the delivery. I was, frankly, surprised that a movie basically running on a loop as the Cruise character slowly learned the nature of the enemy invader--and kept getting killed in the process--was entertaining.

The action, though, is edge-of-the-seat and the chemistry between always-watchable Cruise and a buff/tough Blunt (not playing Emily Dickinson this time) is natural.

Blunt's character is not unlike that of Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) in "Fringe," the five-year sci-fi series that I simply loved. She's smart, bold, courageous and unbeatable. She becomes Army public relations specialist Cruise's coach as he learns to fight in futuristic gear that is imposing.

Go see this one. It's the very definition of "summer movie."

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