Ben Nicholson

Preview: Blunt and Cruise face the ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

Tom Cruise has been a dependable sci-fi action star for a good while but, both by his own standards and those of Hollywood cinema, his most recent foray into the genre with Oblivion (2013) was a veritable damp squib. His next endeavour, seen in a brand new trailer below, is director Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and looks to have the Cruise missile back on target. Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s young adult novella, the far more memorably-titled All You Need Is Kill, it sees Earth out-gunned by an invading alien horde and our hero fated to repeatedly relive the same day of conflict. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) has never seen a single day of action but finds himself dropped into battle with a race known as Mimics.

Swiftly killed, he awakens to found himself returned to the beginning of the same fatal operation and he must re-live the brutal combat again and again. Luckily, kick-ass special forces soldier, Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) seems to be in a similar predicament and trains him up. Each day they get closer to victory in a seemingly unwinnable contest. With a looping narrative reminiscent of Duncan Jones’ enjoyable Source Code (2011), Edge of Tomorrow could easily feel derivative but the first trailer gives a good sense of the gritty immersion that Liman is hoping for with his war sequences. This is a film that will undoubtedly feature a lot of time spent amidst bone-crunching battles and surrounded by an array of fiery explosions.

Cruise is traditionally good value for roles such as this one and British actress Blunt definitely has the chops to prove a suitably engaging partner as the pair struggle to save humanity. The Bourne Identity director Liman also has a solid track record of being interesting and inventive when the time comes to tackle action – even though Jumper (2008) had its problems, the action was well-handled – and will hopefully exhibit that flair once again. We’ll see when it hits theatre next year whether Edge of Tomorrow has the quality to banish the memory of Oblivion, but it looks promising at the moment. What are your thoughts?

Doug Liman’s Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi epic Edge of Tomorrow is released in UK cinemas on 30 May, 2014.

Ben Nicholson