After last year’s Oblivion and War of the World a decade before you may start to think Tom Cruise is getting typecast as the middle-aged (ahemmm) anti-hero fighting off the alien horde against all odds.
This time the movie is called ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, it is a reference to a time-loop that future soldier Lt. Col. William “Bill” Cage (Tom Cruise) finds himself in when he fights the alien Mimics. Cage’s goal is to make use of this unfamiliar time loop to not get killed the next time he fights his battle with the aliens. Cage gets help from Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), a soldier who has already established her fierce fighting skill. Lt. Colonel Cage on the other hand gets sent into battle without any prior experience, acting little as little more than cannon fodder. The movie may not be the 2-hour Tom Cruise snuff movie you were expecting as the trailer does show it will deviate from this premise.
Below you can view the trailer for ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’…
Edge Of Tomorrow is being directed by Doug Liman who previously directed The Bourne Identity (2002) and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The latter movie may not have been highly rated but I confess it is one of those guilty pleasures to watch. It’s mixed reviews had little to do with the director and everything to do with the rather fuzzy script.
The script for Edge Of Tomorrow hasn’t been penned by some Alex Kurtzman wannabe, it is instead based on (light) novel ‘All You Need Is Kill’ by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The movie has a tentative release date for June 6th (D-day) next year. With its impressive cast, budget and release date I would say that it is the first of the big summer blockbusters we can expect. I hope the creative staff can learn from Oblivion, which has grace and elegance but was at times also confusing and too melodramatic.
The casting of Emily Blunt as a Arnold Schwarzenegger style super soldier is certainly provocative, it would mark a steady move towards more action-centric roles since The Devil Wears Prada and Young Victoria. A glimpse of what she can pull of in a science fiction movie can be seen by watching last years Looper, the unexpected hit of 2012.
Here are two high-resolution posters for ‘Edge of Tomorrow’…