IN recent years Tom Cruise has starting to come in for a lot of stick.
After his marriage to Katie Holmes and his acceptance of Scientology as a religion, his opinion in the face the public, the critics and the press seems to have nose dived.
However, as a film fan, I cannot see why that is the case.
He is a great actor, who also puts in a 100 per cent believable performance and, more often that not, he chooses great films that really connect with the audience such as the likes of War of the Worlds and Mission Impossible.
And he has done this again in Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow.
In the film, Cruise plays an officer who finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race.
His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a special forces warrior (Emily Blunt) gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.
This film has been described by many as a science fiction version of Groundhog Day, and I would say that it not far from the mark.
Cruise excels in the lead role. He is able to show off in some impressive stunts as well as being able to show some great emotions, comic range and cracking one liners.
When you watch this film, you can see how at ease Cruise is on the big screen and it really shows how the industry would be lost without this true filmstar.
His co-star Emily Blunt is okay in the film but I had a struggle believing her in the role of a battled hardened war hero. However her relationship with Cruise works overall.
The battle scenes, shot to resemble the D-Day landings, are visually stunning.
They are shot at a frantic pace but still manage to try and reflect the true horrors of the battlefield, well as much as they can in a film that is 12A rated.
The story is easy to get your head around and builds to an exciting climax which should have the audience leave with a smile on their face (I did anyway).
In a summer of blockbusters, this was fresh and original and I really enjoyed it.
Tom Cruise has shown once again why he is the star of the show.