After delivering the generally well-received Oblivion, Tom Cruise is returning to the sci-fi genre next year with the Doug Liman-helmed Edge of Tomorrow. Mixing a bit of Groundhog Day in with some blockbuster action, Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the film today, giving us an idea of what to expect when it hits theatres next June.
Co-starring with Cruise are Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Jeremy Piven, in a story that revolves around Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise), who has to defend earth from aliens by “repeatedly dying and going back into combat.” Like I said above, it’s basically a sci-fi/action blockbuster take on Groundhog Day, which could turn out to be cool, right?
The trailer itself seems fairly promising, with plenty of explosions, gritty warfare, a potential romantic subplot and lots of shots featuring Cruise looking totally badass in a mech suit. It’s pretty much everything we expected to see from the film and though it doesn’t look like anything groundbreaking for the genre, it should provide for some good, solid popcorn entertainment during the summer months.
Edge of Tomorrow opens on June 6th, 2014. Check out the trailer, poster and plot summary below and then head to the comments and let us know what you think.
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 (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 (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.