Exoskeletons, drop ships, and menacing aliens, oh my. Fresh off his sci-fi thriller Oblivion superstar Tom Cruise is back in a new eye popping future war movie called Edge of Tomorrow.
Adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need is Kill, the script was written by veteran production manager Dante Harper and Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr.& Mrs. Smith). Cruise plays an inexperienced soldier who is sent on a suicide mission against alien invaders called ‘Mimics’. When he inevitably gets killed he finds himself in a time loop forcing him to relive the same battle over and over again as Special Forces operative Emily Blunt attempts to train him to survive. Of course all may not be as straightforward as it seems.
The trailer introduces us to a highly militarized slice of devastation set against a bleak war torn landscape as mechanized exoskeleton clad soldiers fight a squid like alien menace in a series of explosions and solemn pronouncements by Cruise that they’ve chosen the wrong guy. While the film’s tech bears more than a passing resemblance to the exoskeletons showcased in Elysium, and even the aliens seem a bit derivative a la The Matrix‘s menacing cephalopods. In fact, the film’s plot at first seems like a deranged version of Groundhog Day.
Edge of Tomorrow has all the earmarks of a huge tent pole summer movie replete with eye candy and star power to spare, but let us remember Oblivion had many of the same characteristics and was only able to make back its budget through European ticket sales. Are American audiences growing tired of Cruise? Probably not, but they might be lukewarm to another attempt at a big budget sci-fi film. I guess we’ll have to wait until next summer to find out.
Edge of Tomorrow opens June 6, 2014.
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