Tom Cruise – The Last Action Hero


To celebrate the release of the new science fiction film Edge of Tomorrow here is a run-down of some of Tom Cruise’s action and sci-fi adventures throughout his years. Edge of Tomorrow is released in UK cinemas on the 30th May 2014.

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow is an upcoming science-fiction film directed by Doug Liman from a screenplay adapted by Dante Harper. The film stars Tom Cruise as. Lt. Col. Bill Cage, an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop – forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again – and again.

Mission Impossible

Tom Cruise is probably best known for his role in the action spy film Mission Impossible. Not only did he star as the agent Ethan Hunt, he also produced the film along with the director Brian De Palma. Cruise was a big fan of the show since he was young and decided it would be a good idea to make a movie. The film follows a new agent (Cruise) and his mission to uncover the mole who has framed him for the murders of his entire IMF team. With plenty of violent, thrilling action scenes, this film has gone to release two more sequels equally as thrilling! The most fantastic bit about it is that Tom does his own stunts too, like jumping out of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world, for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol!

Top Gun

Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise as Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young Naval aviator, is an action drama film directed by Tony Scott. In the opening moments of Top Gun, an ace Navy pilot flies upside down about 18 inches above a Russian-built MiG and snaps a Polaroid picture of the enemy pilot. Then he flips him the finger and peels off. So, this really is a film for the lovers of action with plenty of anticipation and excitement! Not only is Tom Cruise the action hero in this film, he also plays the romantic lead!

Minority Report

This science-fiction thriller directed by Steven Spielberg, is set in Washington D.C. and Northen Virginia in the year 2054, where “PreCrime”, a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called “precogs”. Tom Cruise stars as John Anderton who works for “Precrime,” a special unit of the police department that arrests murderers before they have committed the actual crime. Steven Spielberg, hired a team of futurists to devise the film’s numerous technologically advanced gadgets. The film is consistently thrilling, and is given its human side largely by an authentic performance from Cruise. He is convincingly lonely and needy whilst giving a full dose of action-man bravado against some stunning visual effects.

War of the Worlds

Another sci-fi fiction disaster film directed by Steven Spielberg, this film stars Cruise as Ray Ferrier, a divorced dock worker estranged from his children and living separately from them. As his ex-wife drops their children off for him to look after for a few days, the planet is attacked by aliens that come up out of the ground driving Tripods and as Earth’s armies are defeated, Ray tries to protect his children and flee to Boston to rejoin his ex-wife.


This more recent film, Oblivion (2013), is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on Joseph Kosinski’s Radical Comics-edited unpublished graphic novel of the same name. Oblivion is set in the year 2077, 60 years after an alien invasion rendered the Earth largely uninhabitable. Cruise stars as Jack Harper, one of a handful of people left on the planet. The other survivors have long since relocated to Titan. Harper and colleagues remain as technicians, servicing robot drones that defend resource-gathering stations from alien stragglers. Harper is an idealized man; he’s good with a gun, good with his hands, good in bed, loves football and rides a motorcycle. Cruise fans will love this film!

Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American science fiction thriller film directed, written and co-produced by Cameron Crowe. The movie is described as “an odd mixture of science fiction, romance and reality warp”. Tom Cruise stars as David Ames, a womanizing playboy who finds romantic redemption when he falls in love with his best friend’s girlfriend Sofia. Before that relationship can begin, however, David is coaxed into a car driven by an ex-lover, Julie (Cameron Diaz), who turns out to be suicidal. I’d recommend this film to anyone who has a crush on Mr Cruise!

Edge of Tomorrow is released in UK cinemas on the 30th May – be sure not to miss it!


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