This review does contain spoilers, so if you have not seen the movie and plan to, please look away as fast as you can! Imagine waking up one day, and going through the exact same thing you went through the day before, all ending with an extremely attractive girl shooting you in the face. Then you wake up again and do the exact same thing, over and over again. This is the fate of Tom Cruise in one of this summer’s best sci-fi/action movies, Edge of Tomorrow. The movie begins with various news reports describing some sort of invasion. Creatures called Mimics have infiltrated most of Europe, and the world’s military is preparing to mount an invasion that they expect to turn the tide of the war. Cruise’s character, Major William Cage, a man who lost his advertising firm because of the war, has taken a non-combat job as a PR guy for the military. When his general orders him into combat, he refuses, and the cowardly nature of Major Cage is revealed as he attempts to leave, is arrested and demoted to private, and then thrust into combat the next day. After killing one of the mimics and absorbing some of its blood, Cage is given the miraculous ability to reset the day upon his death. He wakes up at the start of the day, and lives through it, each time learning something new and lasting just a little bit longer than the last. He meets up with Rita Vrataski, who has had the same thing happen to her, but lost her ability because of a blood transfusion. With her help Cage must take down the Omega, the leader, brain, and hive mind of the mimics, and save humanity. First things first, Tom Cruise is at the top of his game. With the trailers and marketing material all promoting his character as a hardened combat-ready military man, it was a pleasant surprise to see his character was something else entirely, pulling Tom Cruise away from the typical role we see him in. This twist instantly gripped me, and part of me felt for his character, while another part of me felt for his teammates having to deal with his cowardice. By the end of the film however, Cage finds his courage, sacrificing himself for the good of humanity. The character progression is fantastic and it was great to see Cruise bring such an interesting role to life, it is sure to be a defining moment in his career. Although there was plenty of action and huge, elaborate set pieces, one of the best part of the movie was the humor. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of times I laughed, which was a lot. Not only was the humor plentiful, but it was dark and played off of the fact that the main character is so afraid of death. It was refreshingly funny and a nice break from the edge of your seat action. The way that the movie explained how many times Cage died and relived the same day could have been tedious, but it is handled very well, and with lots of humor I might add. We almost never see any one action repeated unless it is pivotal to the story or character development. In fact, the character development was deep, short, and effective, and it shows in the chemistry between Blunt and Cruise. Both handle their roles extremely well, and make a romance in the midst of a war believable and engaging with the help of the writers. But the movie isn’t without its flaws, mostly technical. The director, Doug Liman is notorious for his shaky camera shots, and while it is a stylistic choice that attempts to convey the chaos of what is going on, at times it is too much and makes the action hard to follow and takes a toll on the eyes. Another issue I had with the movie was the quality of the effects. Almost everything was immersive, except for the monsters. The animation of the mimics didn’t really match the quality of the effects in the rest of the movie, however, it’s not too noticeable because the story, action, and humor is gripping enough to keep you interested. Edge of Tomorrow is an incredibly fun movie with an original premise, and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time with the intense action, believable romance, and dark humor. This is definitely a movie worth seeing in theaters, and absolutely one of the best of the summer.