Tom Cruise’s upcoming sci-fi thriller previously known as All You Need Is Kill now has a kinder, gentler name…Edge Of Tomorrow.
Based on the Hiroshi Sakurazaka graphic novel, the renamed Edge Of Tomorrow tells the tale of a soldier from a futuristic world who finds himself trapped in a time-travel loophole where he’s killed in battle time and time again; each death turning him into a hardened military weapon and allowing him to probe his enemies for weaknesses.
Okay, if you need more background, here’s the official synopsis:
Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise
“Humanity is at war with an alien race known as Mimics, and Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat until he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.
But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.”
(Basically what I just said, only longer.)
Even though the graphic novel All You Need Is Kill was published YEARS before the Rian Johnson-penned/directed Looper even saw the light of day – 2004 in Japanese, and the English version hit shelves in 2009 – this film MAY be regarded as Looper 2: Electric Boogaloo, thanks to the decision to cast Emily Blunt, who also starred in Looper.
I did a double take when I saw Doug Liman’s the man behind the camera on this one but as I LOVED Swingers and Go (and yeah, I still love Tom Cruise), I’m kinda interested to see where this’ll end up amongst the sci-fi/action geeks after this week at San Diego Comic-Con.
Wonder how many’ll use the #LiveDieRepeat hashtag? Almost sounds like the gamer’s mantra.
I also wonder if anyone at the studio did a Google search for “Edge Of Tomorrow” because if they did, they’d know it’s also the name of the fictional soap opera on the TV Land series “Hot In Cleveland” that stars Valerie Bertinelli and Betty White…haaaaaa.
But still, dat suit is pretty dope.
Edge Of Tomorrow opens in select cities May 30, 2014 before going wide on June 6.
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