Director: Doug Liman. Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson. 113 min. Rated PG-13. Sci-fi/Action.
There are so many cinematic inspirations to behold here, and Groundhog Day is just for starters. The story of an army major who during an apocalyptic alien invasion suddenly acquires the ability to go back in time every time he's killed in combat, takes pieces from Independence Day, Starship Troopers, The Matrix Reloaded, Aliens ... you name it. And the best part is, it works - and even dares to play out philosophical concepts: When you realize the future is "written", will you still make your best effort to change it? I didn't notice the two hours passing by.