This is Tom Cruise’s second epic sci-fi film in as many years. This last spring ‘Oblivion’ unperformed for the critics. I saw it and liked it more than most. With this movie they start with a bestselling book and a proven plot device. What do I mean? Read the synopsis and see what I mean:
“In a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.
But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski. And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.”
Did you catch it? Yep, that’s right. This is the sci-fi version of ‘Groundhog Day’. There is more to it than that but, at the core, they are the same idea. I know the action is going to be unreal, watching the trailer solidifies that for me.
I have the same feeling about this as I do about the upcoming ‘Jupiter Ascending’ movie; I am cautiously optimistic. It does have a couple bonafided movie stars in it; Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise and Bill Paxton. But I think the source material is what gives this one the most promise. Look for this at the beginning of June 2014.