Tom Cruise Wears a Mech Suit in the First ‘All You Need Is Kill’ Image

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Tom Cruise is currently filming All You Need Is Kill, which is based on the sci-fi ‘light novel’ written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and illustrated by Yoshitoshi Abe. The story takes place in the near-future and revolves around a human soldier (Cruise) who is killed during a battle against an invading alien army. However, because he came into direct contact with one of the extraterrestrials before his death, Cruise ends up stuck in a time loop where he relives the final day of his life over and over.

Scroll on down for the first official screenshot from All You Need Is Kill, along with additional information about the adaptation of Sakurazaka’s novel (which, for the record, was published after Groundhog Day but before Source Code hit theaters).

All You Need Is Kill, as indicated above, does indeed share some distinct narrative elements with previous films that’ve used the time-loop concept as a plot device. Moreover, the comparisons to books/films where humans fight giant insect-like extraterrestrial creatures (such as Starship Troopers and Ender’s Game) seem inevitable, given that (in the synopsis) the invasive Mimics from All You Need Is Kill are specifically described as “a hive-like alien race.” Of course, what ultimately matters is whether or not Cruise’s film will utilize those familiar tropes in a creative and engaging fashion. Moving on…

The first image of Cruise in the film shows the 50-year old A-lister dodging an explosion while dressed in a mech suit, which lies somewhere between more traditional massive structures (think Aliens, Avatar, etc.) and a lighter design for increased mobility (similar to Matt Damon’s mech suit in Elysium). Overall, it appears to be a practical design – at the least, within the context of a sci-fi film where touching an alien can trap you in a seemingly-endless time loop.


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The All You Need Is Kill script was penned by Dante Harper (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Joby Harold (Awake), with some revisions handled by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote and directed Cruise’s upcoming Jack Reacher) as well as fan-faves Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (who are teaming with Cruise on the Van Helsing reboot). Directorial duties are being handled by Doug Liman, whose resume includes The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Jumper. Lastly, the supporting cast includes Emily Blunt (Looper) and Bill Paxton (AliensTwister, Titanic).


All You Need Is Kill hits U.S. theaters on March 14th, 2014. Will you be checking it out?

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  1. He looks really dumb.

  2. I like how Liman captures fighting scenes and action in general. The plot is too familiar though, sadly. Cruise is hit or miss, but the supporting cast is good. On the fence till I see an actual trailer to try and pick out the feel of what this will be.

    • I beg to differ.I think that Liman’s action scenes are shot terribly.Too close and too hectic,so you don’t know what’s going on,at least in the Bourne movies.

      I did like Go and Jumper though,never got around to seeing Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

  3. Thats not a mech. Thats an exo skeleton.

  4. That looks awful! Why does he have a colander on his head? Does he have pasta to drain?

  5. It does have Bill Paxton though, and any time he goes up against some alien threat, it’s a pretty good time.

  6. Ground Hog Day with explosions and a Tom Cruise!

  7. cruise is good in action and scifi so this should be good. man he is really spitting out the films lately. I wish Will smith would come out with more films.

    • agreed

    • He’s almost doing as many as Nicholas Cage!

      • at least his usually turn out to be good. unlike nic cages. I miss the nicolas cage from the 90s. The Rock, Face Off, Con Air, he had some great movies in his day.

        • Yeah he’s doing a lot of forgettable films lately, and is apparently doing 14 films in the next 2 years! There are some in there that I’m looking forward to though, like National Treasure 3, Kick A** 2, and Expendables 3.

  8. “(which, for the record, was published after Groundhog Day but before Source Code hit theaters).”

    and which all came out after Star Trek: the Next Generation episodes dealing with time loops as well. (see “Cause and Effect”, from season 5, 1992). Before anyone goes all “it’s just a ripoff of Groundhog Day”.

  9. all you need is kill? really?

  10. I make the same face Cruise makes while I’m on the toilet >.>

  11. Looks like a gears of war character.

    • He looks like one of those engineers from Borderlands 2!

  12. I hope you guys realize that this exoskeleton is based on real technology:

  13. Is this a comedy?

  14. How many movies is this guy making right now! wtf!

  15. Ol’ Tom will run even in a mech suit… That dude is consistent.

  16. You can not expect me to take this movie seriously after seeing this image. Tom’s face killed it.

  17. I like that it seems to be a functional suit that Cruise can run and shoot in. His facial expression isn’t too flattering though…

  18. Interesting premise, but I’m now very impressed by the picture…

  19. Interesting premise, but I’m not very impressed by the picture…

  20. What the hell is this ?

  21. all i need is watch

  22. He looks like some kind of fat rodent.

  23. hate to break it to whoever is making this movie…..this isnt the 80′s anymore.

  24. I don’t know why but I just want to hate this movie