First Look at Robo Tom Cruise Running from Explosion in ALL YOU NEED IS KILL [Updated]

     November 8, 2012


The premise of All You Need Is Kill speaks to me: Tom Cruise is Lt. Col. Bill Cage, an officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race.  But he wakes up and is forced to relive the day (and the death) over and over because—get this—”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.”  Cool, right?

It looks like director Doug Liman has at least one great visual to match the promise of the premise.  The first image has surfaced from the production, showing Cruise running from an explosion in a powerful mech suit.  You will want to check it out after the jump.  Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton co-star in the manga adaptation.  All You Need Is Kill is scheduled for release on March 14, 2014. [Update: We replaced the once-tiny image with a larger version after the jump.]


Official synopsis:

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.

all you need is kill book cover

  • tom

    when i look at that picture, all i can think of is the joke on Family Guy about Tom Cruise. how he runs in all of his movies because he’s running away from gay thoughts. just… thought i’d share that with everyone

    • SariSumdac

      Your jokes not funny and seth mcfarlene is not gonna read this and hire you ….however I do think this movie looks a little silly in that is is clearly an attempt to cash in on Iron man which I think Cruise was attached to at one time but turned down??

      • ScaredForMovies

        What the f*ck are you talking about? That was Seth MacFarlane’s joke. Why would McFarlane hire someone for thinking a Family Guy joke was funny? Here’s another one Meg. Rule #1. No speaky until the man speaky to you.

      • Jamesy

        How in any way is this like Iron man? The story is completely different, only relevance to your comment is that he has some form of a robotic suit. That is the only relevance.

    • rp3

      Just like he ran in Rock of ages, a few good men, Last samerui, Magnolia, Color of money, Rain Man, Tropic Thunder. thought i’d share that with everyone bitch!!!!!!!

      • HM

        He ran in Last Samurai :/

  • Oviraptor

    HAHA, that’s the first thing that came to my mind as well.

  • bubbatwo420

    Hell yes that pic is awesome – just finished reading the book the other day and was hoping we’d hear more. very cool premise and blunt’s character is gonna be the crazy red bitch

  • vincent

    Tom Cruise is the biggest movie star of all time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • M. Gibson

      Samuel Jackson and The Guinness Book of World Records might disagree with that.

  • EDDIE134

    Another huge hit for Cruise, looks better than anythng in WWZ

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  • ben

    i think the manga looks cool and this sounds super interesting and i gotta say i dig the picture but why in the name of all that is holy in cinema…is Tom Cruise in this? ugh. he takes me right out of the originality of the synopsis. can’t he retire and raise monkeys or something in obscurity? in some far off land. please.

  • bob tacky

    Someone commented on Iron Man, I dont think this is his attempt to make up for passing on that movie but it definitely seems like an attempt to make up for passing on a comic book based movie. Ive never even heard of this Manga before, the idea that its getting made into an american movie is pretty unbelievable….

    The plot seems alot like that Gyllenhall movie Source Code, ‘cept with aliens.

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  • Alex-mansy

    Emily blunts character features heavily in the novel, so this becomes a must see, her first action role.

    • Van Iblis

      Uh…Looper…The Adjustment Bureau…The Wolfman.

  • Alex


    That was the first thing that came to my mind, not stupid Family Guy jokes…

  • Anonymous

    hahahahahahaha………..maybe it will look a lot cooler when moving :/

  • Lob Taylor

    Tom is awesome. He does awesome flicks too. and when he runs you better believe he’s running for his life in the movies. He gives 120% and thats why I frigging love going to watch this guyz movies.

  • Lexavi80

    So this is basically The Source Code but with Tom Cruise, right?

    • B

      source code was groundhog day just not as cool.

  • DogmanBoyDude

    Wow…. this is nothing like Iron Man… I’m amazed how few people are aware of real like innovations in technology. This stuff isn’t even new anymore. Just like when people were confused about Matt Damon in Elysium thinking it was a ‘prison suit’ or something. Real world companies, lots of them, have been creating these exoskeleton power suits for like 5+ years. Lockheed Martin’s HULC suit is one of the more publicized ones. Iron Man is like futuristic knights armor, not an exoskeleton based on real technology.

  • JLC

    How does anyone read that premise and NOT immediately think “Groundhog Day.” Like, close enough for a copyright lawsuit.

    Won’t it be hard for Cruise to do “blade hands” in that suit?

    • Sean

      The idea of a looping day goes back way before Groundhog’s Day

      • Steve

        Picard and crew were having the same problem way back in 1992. (ep: “Cause & Effect”)

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  • Strong Enough

    everyone has read the script. it was great. can’t wait to see emily blunt swing a giant axe

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  • Amard

    Tom Cruize , Will Smith and Johnny Depp are superstars after them nobody they all are the actors. You can make fun about them but every movie industry needs big stars and star system is fading in Hollywood and the studios are becoming more powerful.

  • Muugin

    It’s kinda boring, I was more in line with something like that’s on the cover of the book, where it looks like its come out of a mid 90′s Japanese anime. I mean that approach isn’t exactly what I’d call grounded or realistic, but I thought we would have abandoned realistic around the time a time-locked Bill Murray stand in was smashing bloated alien frogs with a giant ax.

  • Nate

    Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers..and maybe if we’re really lucky, funnier than both.

  • Anonymous

    Hey. Bad journalist. The original was a novel, not a manga book. Also, maybe you could say a little something about the source material and the author in your article rather than just shoving a token cover photo in at the end, eh? Gawd.

    • HM

      Be nice.

  • sunoffabeach

    Can’t wait for Tom to tell the Mimic aliens ” you had me at hello….over and over again”….

  • sunoffabeach

    Can\’t wait for Tom to tell the Mimic aliens \" you had me at hello….over and over again\"….

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