An asteroid has crashed into Eastern Europe, starting a war with a powerful alien enemy that humans are losing. Major Cage is an army recruitment specialist, but is out of his depth when he is posted onto the front line for an imminent invasion of France. After a failed blackmail attempt, he wakes up on the forward operating base, drafted back as a marine, and ill-equipped to use the new Halo-style body armor suits. On the beach it is a massacre, and while hiding in a trench he manages to take out a larger Mimic alien with a claymore mine ... but instead of dying, he wakes up on the forward operating base to start the day all over again...
Our Rating: 9/10 - Honestly, it's really good!
Watchability: 9/10 - Like a Sci-fi version of Groundhog Day!
Tagline: Live, Die, Repeat
- Country: USA, Canada
- Language: English
- Runtime: 153
- Budget: $178,000,000
- Revenue: $100,206,256
- Production: Warner Bros
So, how does the movie end??
Cage can see no way off the beach, and decides to give up. He skips off the base and goes to a pub in London, only he'll never be safe and the Mimics have already crossed The Channel to invade.
When he awakens again, he decides to give it his all and trains harder than before. He also sees his first vision where the Omega is in a German dam.
Gradually with Rita they make it further inland, until they break free and borrow a car to take them into Germany. Cage is chatty, and not in a hurry when their gas runs out. We find out that he has lived the scenario before in a farm building they are in, which has a helicopter in the backyard, and no matter what he does, Rita does not make it any further.
Next day, he decides that he can't take seeing her die anymore, and goes it alone. He takes the chopper and makes it to the dam - but it was a false vision and the Omega isn't there, but instead an Alpha is waiting as a trap and tries to make him bleed out. He 'survives' by drowning, and next day lets Dr Carter and Rita know.
Their next plan revolves around a device Dr Carter developed to get into the mind of an Alpha - and so hopefully track back here the Omega is hiding. The only problem is that it is in General Brigham's safe.
Cage and Rita drop by HQ to pay the General a visit, and Cage convinces him to give it up with a few tricks. However the General soon double crosses them and they need to make an escape. On one of the occasions they steal a car to get far enough away, Rita stabs the device into Cage's leg - and he can see the Omega's in Paris, in an underground carpark beneath the Louvre. However armored soldiers stop their getaway - and both are knocked unconscious.
Cage wakes up in hospital on a drip, having had a blood transfusion. Rita breaks into the room and is about to reset the day when he stops her just in time. They make it back to base, and convince Skinner and the rest of Delta what will happen when they invade in the morning.
With their help, they borrow a gunship and take it to Paris, but are shot down a little shy of the Louvre, losing half the team. Skinner and Griff buy them some time, while Ford mans the guns but is soon overrun. Cage takes over, while Rita drives the gunship wreckage into the museum.
They scale down through the building. Cage dives into the pool surrounding the Omega, but an Alpha is hot on his trail, and kills him before he can drop the grenades. However, the day doesn't reset, and instead the grenades float down, and incinerate the Omega and Alpha. All mimics that channeled their strength from the brain immediately drop down dead.
Cage is wrapped in their blood, and everything is reset. He awakens on board the chopper taking him to his first meeting with General Brigham. As he exits, he hears that the war is over and the mimics seem to have destroyed themselves.
In his full military uniform his first call is to find Rita, the Angel of Verdun, where he'll need to start all over again to win her heart.