Six Things to Expect from "Edge of Tomorrow"
Tom Cruise likely hopes his latest film "Edge of Tomorrow" grosses millions at the box office to remind fans that he's still a major draw. After starring in a string of films that did poorly at the box office, Cruise rebounded with roles in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" and "Oblivion." The latter film grossed nearly $100 million at the box office and showed that Cruise still has what it takes to headline a summer blockbuster. Fans of the actor can look forward to seeing exciting things from "Edge of Tomorrow."
Outstanding Special Effects
After wrapping up "Oblivion," Cruise headed to the set of "Edge of Tomorrow" just a few days later. Though filming began in 2012, it took more than a year for the producers and directors to finish cutting together the finished product and to add in the special effects. With a budget of more than $175 million, moviegoers can look forward to seeing outstanding special effects that may end up being rated the best special effects of the summer film season.
Best known for her work in "The Devil Wears Prada," actress Emily Blunt signed on for "Edge of Tomorrow" after expressing her love of sci-fi films. While working on the film, Blunt raved about her close working relationship with Cruise and how much fun the two had on the set. The large suits worn by the actors in the film weigh more than 80 pounds, and Blunt admitted that she broke down crying several times because of how the suit made her feel. She also told reporters that Cruise remained by her side, teasing her and making her laugh to forget the pain and frustration that she felt. If even half of that off-screen chemistry comes across on the big screen, the "Edge of Tomorrow" will likely be a hit.
Compelling Source Material
Hiroshi Sakurazaka wrote "All You Need is Kill" as a manga before turning the short story into a longer novel. Production manager Dante Harper read the story and was so touched that he decided to turn it into a script. Warner Brothers paid more than $1 million for his spec script, which the studio quickly rushed into production. After hearing feedback about the title of the film from focus groups, the studio decided to change the name of the film to "Edge of Tomorrow," but the finished script still retains some of the elements that made the novel and manga such a hit.
Similarities to "Oblivion"
"Oblivion" starred Cruise as a man living in the future who was tasked with living on an abandoned Earth and gathering its resources. Viewers who watched that film will notice some similarities between it and "Edge of Tomorrow." The newer film stars Cruise as a soldier living in a futuristic world. When he dies on the battlefield, he discovers himself caught in a time loop that lets him relive his last day over and over again until he learns what went wrong and how he can save both himself and his partner.
No Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven is an American actor known for his roles in comedies such as "Grosse Pointe Blank" and for his role on the HBO comedy "Entourage." Cruise, Blunt and the other actors in the film finished production in August of 2013, but the studio and director felt the finished product lacked something and hired Piven for a small role. Piven filmed a number of scenes for the film, but the director left his part on the cutting room floor despite the studio advertising his inclusion.
Cruise at His Best
If there is one thing that Cruise does particularly well, it's acting in action films. Although he won an Oscar nomination for his role in the drama "Magnolia," many of his other dramatic films have done poorly at the box office. Seven of his top films are action flicks that grossed more than $300 million at the box office, while "Mission Impossible II," "War of the Worlds" and "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" all grossed more than $500 million. "Edge of Tomorrow" will likely see Cruise back at the top of the box office, with fans of the actor enjoying a performance in a genre in which he excels.
Many Hollywood critics believe that "Edge of Tomorrow" is a box office risk because of its steep production budget, but early viewers loved the film. Moviegoers who enjoy summer blockbusters will likely flock to this film because of its strong story, great acting and big surprises.