From the darkest groins of sci-fi blockbuster galore, here comes Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and… Emily Blunt??? What, no, really?
Bill Cage (Cruise) is a PR guy caught in the middle of a Earth vs Aliens war, and could not be more inadequate for soldier obligations. On his first day on the front he gets caught and killed by a strange alien, which makes him go all Groundhog Day on the same day over, and over, and over. Enters indie darling Emily Blunt, playing bad ass Rita Vrataski (yay! a strong,witty female character everyone!), who knows of Bill’s ability and wants to use it to win the War. From then on the storyline starts resembling a video game, where we always go back to the last saved point, ie, Cage’s being caught as a deserter at the Heathrow war base.
Let us hope Doug Liman, responsible for The Bourne Ultimatum and the creation of Brangelina has not lost his touch. We had a chance to have a sneak preview of some footage and it looks way better than the story synopsis makes you believe, honestly. Cruise is playing an unusual character, on the opposite spectrum of the confident, grinning guy we are a bit too used to, and Blunt can’t get enough of the smell of napalm in the morning. There’s loads of unexpected humor in the bits we saw, and some sweet, sweet special effects and futuristic guns and armour. Hell, they even closed Trafalgar Square to land a massive helicopter there!
Based on the Japanese novel “All you need is Kill”, this may be the perfect sci-fi for everyone, as Liman puts it. If you love Tom Cruise, you’ll have the chance to see him playing the coward soldier, being bitched around by a woman. If you hate him… is there anything better than seeing him being killed a thousand times?