Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The US-backed production is directed by Doug Liman.
Movie is based on the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Rights to the novel were bought in late 2009, and a spec script was sold to the American studio Warner Bros. Pictures for production.
The studio co-produced the film with the Australian production company Village Roadshow. Filming began in late 2012 and took place mainly at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden outside London. Trafalgar Square in London was also a filming location for some scenes.
The film was released in theaters in 28 territories—including the United Kingdom, Brazil, Germany, Spain, and Indonesia—on the weekend of May 30, 2014. On the weekend of June 6, 2014, it will be released in 36 additional territories, including North America (United States and Canada), Australia, China, and Russia. To date, the film has grossed $33 million. Most critics have given the film positive reviews.
In the near future, an alien race has invaded the Earth starting from Germany and overtaken almost the entirety of Western Europe. The aliens are nicknamed "Mimics" for their ability to mimic and counter Earth military combat strategies with efficiency, thus making them nearly unbeatable.
After various losses, humankind finally achieves success with the creation of combat "jackets", along with the battle victories of Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) at Verdun, who becomes a symbol for the war effort.
A final surprise assault is planned on the beaches of France, with the soldiers dropped from their base across the English Channel at Heathrow Airport. As success is expected, General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) orders Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) to be sent to the front with a camera crew. Cage's background is in advertising and he has no combat experience.
When Cage attempts to weasel his way out with blackmail, Brigham responds by knocking him out and dumping him at the Heathrow base, with a fabricated background that says he is a deserter and a con man. He is forced to join J-Squad, an infantry unit, and is sent off to take part in the invasion. Upon arriving at the beach front the soldiers are ambushed; the Mimics were waiting for them. Cage kills an unusually large mimic, later identified as an Alpha, and is soaked in its acid blood and he dies.
Cage wakes up at the moment he arrived at Heathrow, and lives out the same day of training and deployment the following morning. Every time he dies, he loops back to the moment he arrives on the base, and despite his efforts to warn and save people, they dismiss his claims and the assault keeps playing out tragically.
In one loop he saves Vrataski, and when she realises that he knows what is going to happen, she tells him to find her the next time he wakes up.
In the next loop, Cage manages to find Vrataski at the barracks, and she explains that she experienced the same phenomenon at her first day of combat in Verdun. Mimics have the ability to manipulate time, and when Cage killed the rare Alpha Mimic, its blood transferred its time-control powers to him.
Using the loops, Vrataski is able to train Cage to improve his combat skills so they can hunt down the Omega, the brain of the Mimics. Cage improves, but seeing Vrataski die repeatedly on the battlefield strains him.
Cage has a vision of the Omega hiding in a dam in Germany. After many loops he and Vrataski are able to escape the beach front, but the farthest point they can reach is an abandoned house, where no sequence of events can prevent Vrataski's death. In the next loop Cage goes to the dam alone, only to find that it is a decoy.
The following loops have Cage teaming up with Vrataski again, and after multiple tries they obtain a transponder that Vrataski's confidant Dr. Carter (Noah Taylor) created before being fired from his high ranking job at Whitehall that enables Cage to access the Mimic hive mind and find the real Omega.
Cage learns that the Omega is under the Louvre, but he and Vrataski are involved in a car accident and fall unconscious. Cage wakes up in a hospital after a blood transfusion that removed his time-control powers.
After Vrataski rescues Cage, they recruit J-Squad for an assault on the Louvre, Cage using his intimate knowledge of the squad members to convince them to join. They attack the Louvre but only Cage and Vrataski manage to enter the sewers where the Omega is hiding.
After sharing a kiss, Vrataski lures the guard Alpha away while Cage jumps into the Omega's pool and detonates his grenades. The Omega is killed, but its blood seeps into Cage's body before he dies.
Cage wakes up at his arrival at General Brigham's office about to receive deployment orders. News arrives that there was an unexplained explosion in Paris and that Mimics are dying. Cage goes to the barracks to see Vrataski who is, from her point of view, meeting him for the first time.