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Family Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 117 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. Your typical alien-invasion sci-fi story, with global destruction, aliens in the form of scorpion/octopus/demon hybrids, some cursing, some kissing, a man’s naked butt, and lots of characters dying but not really bloody or gory violence. There are also some more mature themes about time, regret, and hopelessness, but they’re not too heavily handled; the hasty ending wipes out the legitimate concerns raised by the characters earlier in the film.

Tom Cruise continues his action-hero thing with ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ an adaptation of a Japanese comic book. Although it has a promising premise, the sci-fi film stumbles with an incomprehensible ending and an underused supporting cast.

By Roxana Hadadi

The potential of time travel is obvious: You get to change the past, the present, or the future—the options are limitless. It’s a concept often flirted with in fiction and film, in comic-book films like last month’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” or last year’s romantic drama “About Time,” always with impossibly high stakes and undeniable danger. So why does “Edge of Tomorrow,” a movie about an impending alien takeover and the end of humankind, feel so toothless? Blame the ending, an incomprehensible storytelling choice that tumbles the entire film into confusion.

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