Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow are hoping that the star power of Tom Cruise will be enough to lift their upcoming sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow above the pack of big time summer movies. We’ve already seen tons of posters, TV spots, and a few full trailers, and now the studios have dropped almost 30 new stills from Doug Liman’s new film on us.
These photos aren’t anything particularly mind blowing. I would have liked to have seen some of the alien invaders that we’ve seen in some of the footage, but there’s none of that here. In fact, most of these look like the could be screen caps from trailers. Still, they put the action front and center and provide a good look at the human side of this conflict. Cruise and his co-star Emily Blunt are both featured prominently, as is Bill Paxton and those bulky, but kick ass, exoskeletons that the soldiers all wear into combat.
Based on the novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Edge of Tomorrow takes place in the near future when an alien race called Mimics invades Earth. In the midst of a losing battle, Bill Cage (Cruise), a career officer who has never seen a day of combat in his life, is forced into action. After being killed minutes into his first mission, he wakes up at the beginning of the day. Every time he goes into battle, he dies, wakes up, and does it again. Each day he gets a little farther, a little smarter, a little better, until he meets Rita Vrataski (Blunt) the literal poster child for the military. She knows what he’s going through, and, as the last hope for humanity, she trains Cage to save the day.
Since the beginning, I’ve been curious about how this movie will be—it looks like it could be either really good or absolutely terrible—but early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Many critics have been saying how much fun Edge of Tomorrow is and calling it a nice change of pace from a superhero and sequel heavy summer movie season. It will be interesting to see how general audiences respond when the movie opens on June 6. I’ve been so back and forth on this movie, and they’ve seen the exact same thing. While Cruise’s movies haven’t exactly tanked, he’s no longer guaranteed box office magic like he was at one point in his career, and it would be nice for him to have a hit, especially in a sci-fi movie.