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Does Tom Cruise have your attention?
It’s hard not to take notice of the first official image from Warner Bros.’ upcoming sci-fi actioner All You Need Is Kill.
It would be enough if the megastar was simply outrunning a massive fireball, a look of steely determination on his face. But then there’s that mecha-armor he’s wearing, like something James Cameron would doodle on a cocktail napkin.
Based on a novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the movie is directed by Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity) and set in a near future where “a hive-like alien race” called the Mimics destroy Earth.
That’s where Cruise comes in, playing Lt. Col. Bill Cage, an undecorated and ill-equipped soldier dispatched on a suicide mission against the enemy that winds up killing him — over and over again.
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That’s because contact with the alien race has placed him into an infinite time loop, requiring him to relive the same horrific day repeatedly — each time gaining a little more skill and smarts. If you’ve ever pressed the reset button hundreds of times on your favorite first-person shooter until you became a deadly pro, then you know where he’s coming from.
The film also stars Emily Blunt, yet another sci-fi mindbender for the actress after this year’s Looper.
All You Need Is Kill is a long way away, however — it’s set for a spring 2014 release. Until then, Cruise will appear in a couple of other tentpoles: spy thriller Jack Reacher hits theaters Dec. 13, followed by Oblivion, a space-set film from Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski due out April 12.
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