We’ve been interested in the Doug Limon directed adaption of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s All You Need Is Kill for awhile now. Something about an alien invasion movie with a Groundhog Day twist is very appealing. I’ll admit some of that appeal faded when I heard Tom Cruise would be playing the soldier who keeps reliving the day he died in battle. Then I realized we’d be seeing Tom Cruise explode over and over, and that sounds just fantastic.
Now we have our first look from the set of All You Need Is Kill, opening March 12, 2014. Tom Cruise running from a wall of fire? As long as there aren’t any gays in there. The picture (full size below) comes courtesy of JoBlo, and here’s the official synopsis via CBM:
The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.
But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.
They find themselves driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. And so Lt. Col. Bill Cage finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap . . . will be the leap home.