There are some actors – Sean Bean being the most notable examples – who have movie death scenes down to a fine art. At the other end of the spectrum, Tom Cruise has the lucky habit of surviving almost all of the movies he’s in. He’s survived being electrocuted. He’s survived being poisoned, having his throat cut and being dumped in a swamp full of alligators (in that order). In one movie he fought as part of an army where every single soldier except for his character was killed. Tom Cruise is very resilient.
It’s quite fitting, therefore, that the plot of Doug Liman’s upcoming sci-fi action movie Edge of Tomorrow revolves around Cruise’s character, Lt. Col. Bill Cage, living his own personal Groundhog Day in his first ever battle against invading alien forces, where every day he is killed in the fighting only to wake up again the next morning.
A new trailer for Edge of Tomorrow is out tomorrow and Warner Bros. has released a 20-second preview of Bill Cage confronting Rita Vrataskiv (Emily Blunt), a fellow soldier whom he meets on the day of his death(s). One of the neat things about reliving the same battle over and over again is that, as time goes on (or rather, doesn’t), Bill gets more and more skilled as a fighter in the hope of eventually becoming skilled enough to save his own life and break the time loop.
Edge of Tomorrow is based on “All You Need is Kill”, the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, but got retitled to something less awkward-sounding and infinitely more forgettable. Still, the first trailer for Edge of Tomorrow was very promising and the driving concept behind it is an interesting one, not only from a sci-fi perspective but also for its potential meta-commentary in a war movie.
The near-future time period that the movie takes place in means that the human forces wear exoskeletons to make them faster and stronger. This real-life technology was highlighted in a featurette for Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, and is currently evolving to the point that it may well become a regular feature of military forces in the near future. Titanfall, here we come.
Edge of Tomorrow hits theaters on June 6, 2014.