Metal exoskeletons are the new giant robots! Coming off the announcement that Warner Bros. was renaming their science fiction/action film All You Need Is Kill to the equally awkward title Edge of Tomorrow, the studio has released a new poster featuring Emily Blunt’s character, Rita Vrataski. This follows on the heels of a character poster released a few days ago, featuring what is believed to be Tom Cruise’s character, Lt. Col. Bill Cage. Along with Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, the stylized metallic exoskeleton suits are quickly becoming the new trend science fiction movies.
With the other End of Tomorrow character poster and the image released on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, these are the first images from the science fiction war film. Edge of Tomorrow definitely looks to feature some badass weaponry.
Slashfilm.com also has some up-close-and-personal Comic-Con images of the costumes Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt had to wear while making Edge of Tomorrow. These weaponized mech suits look amazing! It will be interesting to see how these suits will look in action in the film.
If director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Jumper) does a good job with the film and Tom Cruise doesn’t go crazy while promoting it, Edge of Tomorrow has the potential to be one of the best movies of summer 2014. But after the release of Oblivion earlier this year, maybe the Tom-Cruise-in-science-fiction-movies boat has sailed for general audiences.
This might be a huge “red flag,” in terms of the science fiction film’s quality, but there are eight screenwriters credited on Edge of Tomorrow: Dante Harper, Joby Harold, Steve Kloves, Christopher McQuarrie, Tim Kring, Jez Butterworth, and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci. Although there are some high-quality writers on that list, it looks as if Edge of Tomorrow went through a lot of hands with rewrites, passes, and polishes before a final script was delivered. Edge of Tomorrow was on the so-called “Black List” of the best unproduced screenplays in 2010 from first-time screenwriter Dante Harper, so that might be something going for the film’s quality.
Based on the Japanese novella titled “All You Need Is Kill” from author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Edge of Tomorrow is set in the distant future and follows a soldier named Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise). He is killed in battle during a bloody war with mysterious aliens called “Mimics,” who have invaded Earth (sounds a lot like Oblivion to me). Cage inexplicably wakes up from death, only to relive the deadly battle over and over again. Each time he is resurrected, he tries to change his circumstances so he can avoid his ultimate fate and save the world. It sounds like a mix between Groundhog Day and Starship Troopers, without the comedy or social allegory, respectively.
Edge of Tomorrow (formerly known as All You Need Is Kill) also features actors Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Bill Paxton. The film will hit theaters everywhere on June 6, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.