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.]
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.