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May 29, 2014

On the 'Edge' with anticipation

I must admit I’m particularly interested in the upcoming sci-fi movie “Edge of Tomorrow.”

The film, which stars Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise, is about a group of warriors repelling an alien invasion, with one catch.

The same day happens again and again.

Ring a bell?

Harken back to the 1993 cult classic “Groundhog Day,” where Bill Murray’s character is forced to relive the same day over and over again.

I’ve heard the movie being described as “Alien” meets “Groundhog Day.”

Personally, I feel it’s hard to come up with a creative plot these days when it comes to movies. (See the tired, boring romantic comedy genre.)

But with sci-fi, I equate it to exploring the bottom of the ocean: There’s so much left to explore. So many different plots to create, so many characters, alien species, etc.

It’s with some trepidation, however, that I approach “Edge of Tomorrow.” I’m a little wary of recycling a plot line from a 1993 movie, albeit with aliens.

Granted, I’m sure it’s not as simple as Tom Cruise’s character living the same day over and over again, and I think the trailer explains it a little: With each day, he gets a chance to figure out what went wrong in that day’s battle and ultimately give his allies a chance to win and destroy the invading alien force.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see about what comes of this.

Tom Cruise is no stranger to the sci-fi genre. He starred in a 2013 film, “Oblivion,” about a small group of humans who stay behind on Earth after an alien invasion destroyed much of the human race.

Before that, he was in “Jack Reacher,” though I haven’t seen that one.

Like I said, we’ll see what happens. I assume “Edge of Tomorrow” will be on a similar level to “Elysium,” but with more action.

Oh, almost forgot: “Edge of Tomorrow,” rated PG-13, will hit theaters on June 6. In the meantime, you can check out “Maleficent” (PG) and “A Million Ways To Die In The West” (R) as this week’s new releases.

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