I think it's held back by how boring and simplistic the actual plot is and the final action sequence was pretty bland to me.
It's very good on a character level though and the actors are great. Makes great use of the repeating day concept too. Also I enjoyed the robot suits.
>It's only watchable the first time.
Hm, I actually caught the first 45ish minutes of it and still enjoyed it. I think Tom Cruise is just very relateable as a "fish out of water" in the military. Plus the first battle scene is fucking great.
One thing I didn't quite understand was the scene where the two mains were driving away from the beach in the car and Cruise starts telling Blunt how he knows her middle name and stories that she told her during the several times he repeated the day. Blunt looked confused and denied all of it.
Was Cruise lying to try and get the truth? Or was Blunt lying to Cruise during those repeats? I really never understood that scene.
i dont think they ever explained the mimics like in the light novel cause it was implied that nanites were sent by an intelligent alien race to absorb matter from the planet and teraform it,
they were pretty much fighting nano infused starfish since that the first creature they interacted with
As far as under-the-radar science-fiction goes it's not much. If it weren't for Tom Cruise it'd be pretty trash. Like others have said it's good for one viewing but loses steam towards the end and has a shitty final battle. Also the supporting characters feel comic-book like in a bad way.
Richard Stanley should have had a career instead of shit like this getting enormous budgets. With under half a million dollars he could do better.
She told him at some point during the numerous repeats in the loop and didn't know she had because each time she resets her memory but he remembers everything. So he slowly gets more suave with her and she opens up, but her own mentality towards him resets.