'Edge of Tomorrow' NY Premiere: Director Doug Liman Talks Video Game-Like Nature of Movie
On Wednesday, Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and director Doug Liman hit three cities across two continents in 24 hours to promote their upcoming sci-fi action film, Edge of Tomorrow.
After beginning in London at 7 a.m. local time, the trio and producer Erwin Stoff touched down in New York for a 10 p.m. ET premiere at Manhattan's Loews Lincoln Square theater.
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On the New York red carpet, Stoff told The Hollywood Reporter that he hoped the multiple premieres amplified the theme of the movie.
"I feel like everybody's a little bit tired of traveling to each city and doing the same premieres over and over again. And what I'm hoping is that the notion of being on the sort of 'edge of tomorrow' kind of speaks thematically to what the movie actually is. And I'm kind of hoping that those two things begin to feed off each other," Stoff explained.
In the Warner Bros. film, Cruise plays a soldier fighting an alien invasion alongside Blunt. But every time Cruise's character is killed, he starts the day over again, no matter how far he and Blunt's characters have gotten in their effort to win the war. So he and Blunt repeat the events of a single day until they're able to defeat the enemy.
The feeling of dread that Cruise's character seems to feel when he's confronted with the prospect of having to go back to the start after he's advanced in his quest will likely be familiar to video game-playing viewers who know the frustration of "dying" and then having to start the game from the beginning.
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Liman said the parallel was intentional, explaining that the film is the latest phase of the video game-inspired movie he started with The Bourne Identity.
"Edge of Tomorrow actually takes it a step further in that you have a character that's immortal in the way that video game characters are, but you also get that same frustration of getting almost to the end and then, 'Oh no, I was sent back to the beginning,' " Liman told THR. "Once you take away the fact that [Cruise's character] can't die, you suddenly get into much more interesting stakes because you're like, 'Ugh, I gotta start all over right from the beginning,' and everybody can relate to that. It's such an emotional experience."
Stoff added that the repeated scenes in the film, as Cruise's character relives them, were some of the most difficult to get right.
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"What you would think would be easy is actually really, really difficult in terms of the nuance, getting the details and making sure that you are doing the repetition but also … making sure that it is always entertaining and that it changes enough to never be boring," Stoff said.
Stoff and Co. already made a change to the movie's title, switching it from the problematic All You Need Is Kill to Edge of Tomorrow. The producer explained that they didn't think people would want to see a movie with "kill" in the title.
"I think the word 'kill' in a title is very tricky in today's world," he said. "I don't know that people want to be bombarded with that word. I don't know that people want to be opening the newspaper and seeing that word. We see it enough in kind of real newspaper headlines, and I don't think we need to see it when we're looking at a movie."
Edge of Tomorrow hits theaters on June 6.