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Edge of Tomorrow at Star Cineplex

Military sci-fi action for Dhaka audience

Staff Correspondent

Eid-ul Fitr being the biggest celebration of the year in the country, the  entertainment industry cashes in to give the audience ample choices of good TV programmes,  music and movies to spend their holidays with friends and family. As part of its Eid roster, Star Cineplex at Bashundhara City has brought newly-released military science-fiction action film “Edge of Tomorrow” in 3D. The film premiered on June 17.
Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”) directed the film based on Japanese light novel “All You Need Is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson, the film is about an alien invasion on Europe and how a Public Affairs officer of US Army, Major William Cage is thrown into a battle in France as a result of some mix-up. He dies very soon on the mission, but discovers himself in a time-loop, waking up from sleep on the day prior to his assignment. He lives through the same battle every day, and eventually gets better at anticipating events and killing the alien 'mimics'. He meets Sergeant Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) in battle -- who had also suffered from the same loop before but lost it after a war accident. They figure out a way to kill the 'brain' of the alien, and through repeated attempts of Cage's 'rebirth', get closer to achieving their goal.
The film's plot is rather unusual, and can easily throw off the audience at multiple junctures, but it's also somewhat the film's charm. The war and action sequences are marvelous, kicking up an abundance of thrills with the minimum of gore. The sci-fi and futuristic elements, including the battle suits and the aliens, are also eye-catching, with the background scores (by Christophe Beck) impeccable to suit the tone of the film. An appropriate dosage of humour is also present, and the acting skills of the Hollywood veterans also pull their weight. The 3D effects are utilised to the fullest, making it a great experience at the cinema theatre.
Although “Edge of Tomorrow” may fall a little short to the booming franchise-appeal of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction”, it can certainly be a good pick for adrenaline junkies looking for a fresh story and some edge-of-the-seat action.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, July 21, 2014

Last modified: 9:12 pm Sunday, July 20, 2014

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