Right off I have to admit that I’ve taken my cheap shots at Tom Cruise over the past couple of years. He’s kinda deserved it, but then I sat down and watched Oblivion… and didn’t hate it. Now Cruise has another Sci-Fi epic Edge of Tomorrow coming to the big screen and although that cringing “Travolta-Battlefield-Earth-Scientologist“ feeling is still rattling around in the back of my head, this trailer left me wanting to see more.
Director Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs Smith, The Bourne Identity) has the action background to pull off the big screen adaptation of All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. If Cruise and Blunt can pull off the on screen chemistry that Jolie and Pitt had in Mr. & Mrs. Smith while Liman provides that same action and humor, Edge of Tomorrow should do quite well at the box office.
The IMDB synopsis is almost book sized:
The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the worlds armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when 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, 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.
Yes, it’s Groundhog Day in a Mecha suit. Everyone is thinking it, so we should just go ahead and say it. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Bill Murray made a repeating cameo of getting blown up every damn time? I would think it’s funny.
Emily Blunt‘s (Looper) character looks like a lot of fun. You’ll see what I mean when you watch the trailer.
Here’s the movie poster:
See what I mean about Blunt’s character? She seems ready to reboot Cruise at the drop of a hat. This movie has blockbuster written all over it. Wait, when did I drink the Tom Cruise Kool Aid?
Oblivion did a respectable $286 million worldwide on a budget of $120 million. Edge of Tomorrow looks like it could do much more. What do you think?
Edge of Tomorrow hits theater screens on June 6th.