What's your most anticipated sci-fi movie of 2014? Transformers 4, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy? Well, what about Tom Cruise's up-coming Starship Troopers-meets-Groundhog Day sci-fi war flick, Edge of Tomorrow?
Personally, this movie is topping my list, and I don't even like Tom Cruise. On the other hand, I do like movies in which aliens are continually shot apart in massive set piece battles - and that's what Edge of Tomorrow seems like it'll deliver. The guys at Total Film Magazine were lucky enough to see twenty minutes of non-consecutive footage from the Doug Liman directed blockbuster, and although we haven't got the video we do have a rather extensive and rather spoilery description.
Check out the description below. But once again beware of spoilers:
The footage opened on Cruise as he wakes up in the middle of a military base. Bill Paxton's Master Sergeant Farell approaches, and reveals that Cruise is being processed with the other new recruits ahead of a big battle tomorrow. Cruise explains he's a PR man, not a soldier, and that there's been some kind of mistake. He asks for a phone call, and Farell pulls a switch-a-roo, revealing that Cruise is a deserter, and he's going to be forced to fight the next day.
We cut to a huge armada of spaceships flying through the air, then we jump into one, with Cruise's William Cage strapped into the craft with a bunch of other soldiers all in their exo-suits. After a rousing speech from Paxton - "Remember, there is no courage without fear!" - Cruise has just enough time to ask one of his fellow soldiers how to take the safety off his gun, before a sudden explosion rips through the craft and bodies start to drop. Still attached to the ship via a connective wire, Cruise's Cage pirouettes through the air, before dropping into a beach battle scene.
After a spot of battlefield fun - including a very dark gag drawn from a falling spaceship - we're introduced to Emily Blunt as she punches and blasts an alien into submission. The aliens look a bit like Matrix squids covered in ultra-violet lights, and were probably the only minor disappointment in the footage. But it is a small negative and the footage revealed there's much more to Edge Of Tomorrow than that. We then saw a fairly beautiful shot of Blunt, framed by trails of missile smoke, looking like the coolest bad-ass in the galaxy, before suddenly - and shockingly - an alien attacks, killing her in an instant.
Cruise joins his group, who are quickly torn up by an attacking squid. He manages to switch on his gun, blasts one of the aliens, before working out how to use a rocket launcher, and exploding another. Unfortunately, that creature's weird acidy blood splashes Cruise's face, and kills him in a gross melty way that drew gasps from the crowd. He wakes up back on the base, where we first found him, and the movie's Groundhog Day concept is revealed. He relives the processing day, the battle sequence, with each time trying to change events. We saw a few minutes of this stuff, before the next big twist was revealed - after he finally manages to save Blunt, she realizes the situation he's in and tells him "Come and find me when you wake up."
We cut to Cruise seeking Blunt out, who, after a minor confrontation, since she doesn't remember him, is convinced of Cage's time-loop situation, and tells him "What happened to you, happened to me, I had it and I lost it." We then go into an impossibly cool training sequence, as Blunt trains Cruise to be the ultimate fighter, swinging a massive sword about and generally being amazing. Then, when Cruise f*cks up, falls down and complains of a broken back, she wearily pulls out a gun and shoots him in the head so they can start all over again.
Then, we went straight into an extended sequence of Cruise being a badass. If you like it when heroes shoot baddies casually, without so much as looking at them, you're going to find a lot to enjoy in this film. We got goosebumps during one moment of Cruise awesomeness which is pretty impressive.
The video preview was preceded by a recorded message from Tom Cruise and a Q&A with the director. Cruise started out by commending his co-star Emily Blunt as a "badass, with extraordinary range", while Liman described Cruise as a "brilliant comedic actor, truly brilliant. He's the gutsiest, most courageous actor I've ever worked with." But not a fan of Tom Cruise? Well, there's still something for you. Liman joked: "If you hate Tom Cruise, he dies 200 times in the movie."
Generally, the response to the footage has been overwhelmingly positive, although surprisingly Edge of Tomorrow might be less of a war film than we originally envisioned. Total Film stated the film also had a sharp comic edge, while Liman himself stated:
At the end of the day, I wasn't making a movie about an alien invasion... Alien invasions don't necessarily bring out the best in the characters.
He continued, explaining he was originally scared of directing a big budget studio film for fear he had 'sold out'. However, he was relieved when Warner Bros. encouraged him to be "contrary and rebellious."
What do you think? Are you willing to get excited for Tom Cruise's next big sci-fi outing? Drop your thoughts below.
Source: Total Film