Director Doug Liman’s (The Bourne Identity) upcoming alien invasion actioner Edge of Tomorrow is quickly sneaking up on us. There’s still a packed month of May to get through, with movies like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Godzilla in between, but the June 6 release date will be here before we know it. Trying not to get lost amidst the chaos of summer time blockbusters, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have released two more new banner posters.
Banner number one arrived on Twitter with the following caption: “The invasion has begun.” This is obviously in reference to the hostile alien incursion into Earth’s general sphere that forms the core of the movie. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) is a military officer who has never seen a single day of combat in his career, but when the unfriendly invading force shows up and causes chaos worldwide, he’s thrust into combat only to die a few minutes into his first battle. You can see mayhem and destruction going on behind him in this poster.
In a move that calls to mind Harold Ramis’ classic Groundhog Day, Cage wakes up after he dies, starting an endless loop of life, death, and rebirth. With each incarnation he gets a little better, makes it a little farther, until he eventually encounters Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), the other human presence in this image. She knows what he’s going through, having experienced it herself, and trains him, and together the two hold the key to the survival of the human race. No pressure or anything. Still, this is a little bit like a real life video game. I’m sure dying sucks, but if you kick the bucket, as Cage does many times, you start over at the beginning and get another chance to complete your mission.
The second banner is more Cruise centric. This, like the first and every other that has come before, fits into an overall aesthetic pattern. In the foreground you have the stars, grubby, scuffed up, wearing those bulky mech suits or exoskeletons or whatever you want to call them, superimposed over a scene of destruction. We’ve seen the Arc de Triomphe wrecked up in the background, as well as the Louvre and other notable landmarks.
These two are the latest in a long line of posters that have come out recently. You have to wonder, and hope, that they’re building up towards something. A new trailer debuted at WonderCon a few weeks ago, though we’ve yet to see it. Perhaps all of this could be leading to the unveiling of that new look at Edge of Tomorrow.