The go-to synopsis for the latest Tom Cruise sci-fi eye-popper is that it's an alien invasion movie crossed with Groundhog Day, but that doesn't do justice to the summer blockbuster craftsmanship on display. Cruise plays a reluctant soldier who, via an agreeably goofy plot device, relives one day of his life over and over. Unfortunately, that day is a bloody massacre at the tentacles of alien invaders. Emily Blunt is utterly bad-ass as Cruise's special-ops partner, and director Doug Liman weaves a watertight time-paradox story around harrowing battle scenes. Underneath all the full metal mayhem is a structurally sound sci-fi premise—you could subtract $150 million from the budget and it would still play.
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Director: Doug Liman
Writer: Dante Harper, Christopher McQuarrie and Joby Harold
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley and Marianne Jean-Baptiste
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