‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Trailer #2 Preview: Live, Die, Repeat

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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.

Tom Cruise in exoskeleton Edge of Tomorrow 570x294 Edge of Tomorrow Trailer #2 Preview: Live, Die, Repeat

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.

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  1. I took the time to read the novel in the hopes that it might enhance the movie, but in typical fashion it makes me not want to see it at all. I thought the story in the novel was strong enough and cast correctly could make for something cool. Instead hollywood execs force a big actor onto the project and retool the story to fit better. Keiji is a younger character, not an older and similar to Jack Reacher cruise will probably pull it off but it wont have the same fan base as the original. Way to keep ruining things Hollywood!

    • Well, while i agree they could have done better casting, I am not writing off Cruise completely for this.

      I love the book, and was super shocked when I heard who was being cast (except for the Emily Blunt part…. i love her). But as far as Tom Cruise goes, although he kinda has a reputation now as an actor that is typecast and on his way out, I have been very surprised at how well he is done in his recent movies. The guy is crazy in his personal life, but there is no denying how well he did playing a role like Jack Reacher, that he had no business being cast in. The fact is I think Tom Cruise did about as well or better than any other 5’8″ dark haired guy playing a 6’5″ blonde haired guy – who was depicted at up to 250lbs in most of the books – could have done.

      Fact is Reacher wasn’t a great movie, but Cruise was not the reason for that. Oblivion on the other hand i thought was fantastic… very underrated and a lot of that was due to an impressive performance by Cruise.

      Everytime Hollywood decides to make a movie based on a book I hold my breath, and forego any hope of it being to the books quality… They just aren’t capable of keeping the same level of quality as the original work when they throw in plot twists, un-needed romance, and re-writes… However I am still quite excited about this movie… Quality director, great lead actress, fantastic source material, and a lead protagonist that as been performing well as of late IMO.

      But I guess we shall see on the 6th of June.

  2. It’s funny how Tom Cruise never dies in his past movies. And now he’s starring in one where he dies repeatedly.

  3. To H. Shaw-Williams

    I don’t get the Sean Bean reference. What does it mean ?

      • Ah, gotcha.

        I’m not exactly a fan of Mr.Bean’s work. I only remember him as a Bond Villain & as Boromir in LOTR.
        That scene where he was run over by a herd of cows then fell off a cliff was gruesome.

        Did U made that clip for me? I’m flattered . The music was a trip.


  4. Not familiar with the book.

    So what’s the crack, is all some VR training simulation or is it some dodgy timey wymie thing.

    As amusing as it would be to see the Cruise perish multiple times I’m not sold on the concept.

    More info needed.

    • Not read the book, but the first trailer implied that it was some kind of power that the aliens have, which he accidentally absorbs. Perhaps they’re able to relive every battle until they win? That would certainly be useful in a war.