Some people think Tom Cruise is a bad actor. This is simply not true. He just doesn’t know a good script when he sees one. His performances in Tropic Thunder, Rain Man, and Collateral prove that he can indeed act. The thing is that Cruise seems to pick which movies he’ll be in at random, so you’ll never know whether it’s good or not by the fact that his name is on it. Recently, he’s been on a bit of a losing streak (Oblivion, Rock of Ages, Jack Reacher), but you know what’s the best kind of Tom Cruise role? The kind where he’s a total fucking asshole.

There’s a good reason for this, too. The fact that he’s willing to act like such an asshole proves that he’s willing to make fun of himself and not too snobby about his roles, as it may appear on the surface. Timberlake won many over by playing an asshole in the Omeletteville skit on SNL. Adam Sandler played an asshole in his first big hit, Happy Gilmore, but you always kind of get the feeling that Sandler doesn’t know that his characters are assholes, or maybe doesn’t realize it. Anyway, Edge of Tomorrow is hella rad.

The film stars Tom Cruise as a guy who’s infected with an alien symbiote (Spider-Man 3) and forced to live the same day over and over again (Groundhog Day). Along the way, he encounters Emily Blunt (Looper), a strong blond femme fatale with kick-ass battle gear (Wreck-It Ralph), and trains in futuristic blue and orange simulation rooms (Catching Fire) to fight aliens that look like metallic seafood (District 9) and defeat their hive mind (Pacific Rim). The main problem should be apparent.

Yes, the film is very derivative, but other than that, I really don’t have many problems with the film. Except for one: the title. My god, that title just doesn’t make any sense. And I get that the story was written by Japanese anime writer Hiroshi Sakurazaka and probably made more sense in Japanese, but seriously, what does it mean? Is it meant to be saying he’s almost reaching tomorrow but can never quite get to it? Because that’s kind of stupid. My favorite character in the movie was neither Blunt nor Cruise, whose name I’ve already forgotten but is probably Jack, but in fact Sergeant Farrell, played by Bill… Pullman? No, it must be Paxton. The one from Titanic.

Overall, I give Edge of Tomorrow a solid B+. It was reminiscent of last year’s Pacific Rim, but maybe a little too reminiscent. Coming up next: reviews of 22 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Jersey Boys. Like if you like, favorite if you favorite, follow if you follow, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BreakingPOORLY, and as always…

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