Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (♦♦♦♦)
An alien race known as Mimics has invaded Earth. Our very survival is at stake. Mimics are by far winning the war against humans, but there's hope in the form of two soldiers who have killed, each on a different battle, an alpha mimic--organism dependent of a central brain-like structure called Omega--whose blood has the power to reset time for the soldiers who killed it, making them relive the same day over and over, while the Omega anticipates their every move.
Super soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) trains to and kills over and over soldier Major Cage (Tom Cruise). Together they'll have to find and destroy the brain-like Omega if they are to save humanity.
Hip and brainy... Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow is Groundhog's Day with an alien twist, and the latest weaponry mankind has been able to conceive, and battles on top of battles. Agreed, you have to be a fan of action movies or sci-fi to enjoy this film, but it delivers on both fronts with a stylish and original screenplay.
I'm partly a fan of these combined genres thanks mostly to Tom Cruise, who has become the go-to actor for hip action-sci-fi. He is an actor that can tackle demanding dramatic roles with ease, but the public has made the choice for him to catapult him to commercial stardom with these action roles, and he has responded by excelling in them. Among his acclaimed movies in this genre we can't fail to cite Minority Report, and the fairly recent Oblivion. I can't quite grasp for sure where the appeal of those films reside, but it's undeniable.
Opposite Tom Cruise is Emily Blunt as super soldier Rita Vrataski, and if you think she is too girlie for this role, you'd better think again. Blunt is not only credible, but we root for her to win; whether she makes it out alive is quite another story.