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EDGE OF TOMORROW Trailer Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

Live. Die. Repeat.

In three words, that is the premise of Edge of Tomorrow, a new action-packed science fiction film headlined by Tom Cruise. These three words even make up the film’s Twitter hashtag and flash repeatedly throughout the trailer. They summarize the film in a nutshell: each day, Bill Cage (Cruise) gets accidently put on the front lines of a losing battle against an alien race, his side is obliterated spectacularly, and he wakes up forced to do it all over again. It’s just like Groundhog Day’s action movie sequel, with one twist: Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), a member of the Special Forces and celebrated poster girl of the war, is stuck in the same time loop.

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The film is adapted from the novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Although the film was originally named after the book, it recently was renamed to Edge of Tomorrow, a perhaps more American-friendly title. Brad Pitt was singled out to play Bill Cage, but Tom Cruise was then locked in for the role. The book and movie both take place in a near future where a more tech-advanced Earth is invaded by a relentless alien race. Parts of London were entirely shut down for filming.

Bill Cage exclaims in the trailer, “I am not a soldier!” At the beginning of each day, he is the same recruit making the same series of mistakes that lead to his placement on the front lines. But under Rita Vrataski’s instruction, he becomes a highly skilled fighter who, we assume, will go on to save the day. It helps that in their version of the future these soldiers have highly-specialized powered exoskeletons; these armored suits make for far better protection than slapping together some scrap and Ford Mustang parts ever would.

In fact, it is Vrataski’s response to this statement that is even more intriguing. After Cage says, “I am not a soldier,” Vrataski responds, “Of course not. You’re a weapon.” This simple line, uttered about three-fourths of the way into the trailer, is extremely thought provoking. Is Cage perhaps a weapon in the literal sense, intentionally sent on a time-traveling mission to learn the enemy’s weakness and relay it to them? Instead of a series of accidents leading to his presence and subsequent death on the front lines, is it perhaps all part of an elaborate plot?

Directed by Doug Liman (known for The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith) with a screenplay adapted by Dante Harper, the film is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and, judging by the trailer, we’re going to get to enjoy lots of dazzling special effects.

Excited yet? You will have a wait a little longer. The film is scheduled for release on June 4, 2014, and hyped viewers can choose to see it either in 3D or IMAX 3D. In the meantime, however, you can try to content yourself by reading All You Need Is Kill. Or just watch Groundhog Day and picture more explosives.

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