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'Edge' a fun ride not fit for 3 dimensions

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Directed by Doug Liman, "Edge of Tomorrow" stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Directed by Doug Liman, "Edge of Tomorrow" stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Remember the scene in "Groundhog Day" when Phil keeps paying the piano teacher $100 to give him lessons, learning a little more each day until he's good enough to wow audiences?

That's the basic idea behind director Doug Liman's sci-fi thriller "Edge of Tomorrow," except the goal is to save the world from alien invaders instead of learning an instrument.

Tom Cruise stars as Cage, who is unexpectedly assigned to the front lines for a decisive battle against the alien invaders. He attempts to talk his way out of the situation, but his commanding officer (Bill Paxton) isn't having any of it.

The film doesn't waste time getting to the epic battle, which goes poorly for Cage and Rita (Emily Blunt), the hero responsible for defeating the aliens at a battle weeks prior. Something happens to Cage, however, who then finds himself stuck in a time loop that covers the battle and the 24 hours leading up to the battle.

Plot details are slowly (and effectively) revealed as Cage re-lives the day, over and over, trying to figure out how to both survive the day and win the war simultaneously.

I was completely absorbed by the story and the fantastic visuals until the headache arrived.

I don't believe it would have been an issue if I was watching the film in two dimensions; but the combination of shaky cameras, fast editing and three dimensions was too much for my tiny brain to process. Midway through "Edge," it was a double-whammy: I couldn't tell what was happening and my head hurt ferociously.

Granted, my brain doesn't always function at optimal capacity, so this might not be a problem for you.

The confusion was an unfortunate distraction, too, considering that "Edge" is fun and well-written. Plot details are unveiled slowly as the film progresses, each one adding a new element that changes your understanding of both what's happened and what's to come. It also has a surprisingly dark sense of humor that leads to one hilarious, morbid montage.

Aside from the headaches, my only real complaint about "Edge of Tomorrow" is that it feels like a slightly dumber version of the brilliant "Source Code" and, at times, it reminded me of watching someone play the same level of a video game repeatedly.

It's still much smarter than your average summer blockbuster, however. It might even inspire some interesting conversations afterwards.

That's probably more likely if you watch it in two dimensions because it's really hard to discuss the intricacies of anything when your head feels like it's going to explode.

"Edge of Tomorrow" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material.

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