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Edge Of Tomorrow Blu-Ray Packaging Avoids Using The Name At All Costs

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This has been a damn fine summer for science fiction movies. We’ve got massive blockbusters like Godzilla, maybe the best Marvel movie yet in Guardians of the Galaxy, and a bunch of angry moneys in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Not to mention interesting smaller movies like The Signal, The Congress, and I Origins. One of the true travesties of the summer, however, is that Edge of Tomorrow was a box office failure. It’s one of the most fun, entertaining movies of the year, let alone the summer, full of big action and clever use of time travel. It also has a terrible, super generic name, which some claim is the reason for the flop, though that may be changing, we’re not entirely sure.

Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill, somewhere along the line the title was changed to this bland, focus group approved, pile of crap. All You Need Is Kill is a bit of a mouthful, but at least it catches your attention. Edge of Tomorrow sounds like the title of a power ballad by some Cinderella knock off from the 1980s that no one remembers. But now look at this art that Warner Bros. has released for the impending home release. It’s curious.

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Comic(s) Relief: Is All You Need Is Kill Worth Repeating As A Graphic Novel?

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AllKillAdapting a traditional novel into a graphic novel will always be an exercise in narrative streamlining, making sure a story and its characters are sound, while sacrificing nuance and details. In some cases, seeing events played out in splashy, colorful art makes up for other losses, but that’s certainly not the case with Haikasoru’s English-language graphic novel adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s 2004 novel All You Need Is Kill. (Soon to be seen on the big screen as Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow.) At less than 100 pages, it’s a watered-down and often confusing rendition of this war-torn, alien-filled, time-looping tale. Still, the concept is interesting in any medium, and it’s often a visual treat. So that’s like two-thirds of the battle, right?

By no means is this an outright failure, but the main problem here is how writer/translator Nick Mamatas chose to script and pace the novel’s events. There’s nothing wrong with changing up some of the details in military noob Keiji Kiriya’s quest to team up with war hero Rita “Full Metal Bitch” Vrataski in the fight against the Mimic alien species. Similarly, it’s fine that the Mimics and their attacks were short-changed. But it’s the way in which chunks of Keiji’s first-person narrative from the novel are now coming out of other characters’ mouths, which removes a lot of Graphic Novel Keiji’s personality. He’s just kind of a general dude going through the motions of time loops, with little to no emotional impact for the reader. And memorable scenes, like the competitive umeboshi eating, and Rita’s backstory, just feel weird and random when they pop up.

That may not be the case for those unfamiliar the All You Need Is Kill novel, though, and I can see it winning people over with artist Lee Ferguson’s stylized action sequences and occasional appearances of Mimic guts. Colorist Fajaa Buana’ palettes are also effectively stark and moody. Still, I’m not sure I could ever recommend someone reading this before, or instead of, the novel itself. Plus, there’s already a manga series out there by Ryousuke Takeuchi and Takeshi Obata that’s a lot more involved. But if you like brevity to go with your repetition-based action mysteries, I guess this graphic novel is hard to beat.

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Edge Of Tomorrow: Quit Complaining And See It This Weekend

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Edge of TomorrowOne of the biggest science fiction movies of the year, Edge of Tomorrow comes out this weekend, and you need to go see it, and I don’t want to hear a single excuse escaping your lips. Despite a laundry list of positive qualities, many sci-fi fans (and moviegoers in general) have been cool to this film, choosing to deride it for particulars rather than looking at the big picture. Yes, there are some of us out there dying to see this movie, but there aren’t enough of us, as many major publications predict a soft opening weekend. Here’s how we can make it harder, people. Cue the porn guitar.

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Final Edge Of Tomorrow Trailer Focuses On Character Over Action

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Next up on the big summer sci-fi list is Doug Liman’s actioner Edge of Tomorrow. Despite the fact that the film is gathering up largely positive reviews that call it a lot of fun and a nice change of pace from a season full of superheroes and sequels, it is tracking to be a significant flop. If it is as entertaining as may people have said it is, we definitely hope it finds an audience. To get you primed for the June 6 release, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have delivered a final trailer and an extended featurette.

While the action has been at the forefront of all the marketing so far, this trailer takes a different approach. While there are still plenty of explosions and scenes of high-octane combat, the main focus is on the human connection between Tom Cruise’s Bill Cage and Emily Blunt’s Rita Vrataski, and the story, rather than all of the bells and whistles.

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Edge Of Tomorrow Returns With Four New Clips

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Early reviews of Edge of Tomorrow have been largely positive, calling the film a fun, sci-fi actioner that is a nice change of pace from a superhero and sequel heavy summer movie season. That’s good to know, because we weren’t sure what to make of this movie. It looked like it could be either good or terrible, but now we’re getting legitimately pumped for this. Despite our excitement, the film is reportedly tracking to be a flop, which is why the promotional push is kicking into high gear. Which is also why we have these four new clips.

Based on the novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Edge of Tomorrow follows Bill Cage (Tom Cruise), a career officer in the military who is forced into combat when a hostile alien race invades Earth. Because he’s never seen anything even resembling battle in his life, he’s killed minutes into his first action only to wake up at the beginning of this day. Caught in a time loop, he lives the same time period over and over again, waking up, fighting, and dying. With each incarnation he gets a little better, makes it a bit farther, and generally gets smarter. Eventually he encounters Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who knows exactly what he’s going through and agrees to train him, because Tom Cruise is, of course, the last hope for the human race.

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Edge Of Tomorrow Photo Gallery Pushes Tom Cruise To The Brink

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Edge of TomorrowWarner 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.