Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American science fiction action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the 2004 Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The film takes place in a future where most of Europe is invaded by an alien race.
In late 2009, 3 Arts Entertainment purchased the rights to the Japanese novel called All You Need Is Kill and sold a spec script to the American studio Warner Bros. The studio produced Edge of Tomorrow with the involvement of 3 Arts, the novel’s publisher Viz Media, and Australian production company Village Roadshow. Filming began in late 2012, taking place in England: at WB Studios in Leavesden, outside London, and other locations, such as London’s Trafalgar Square and the coastal Saunton Sands. A total of nine companies handled the visual effects.
Warner Bros. spent over $100 million advertising Edge of Tomorrow. It was released in cinemas on the weekend of May 30, 2014, in 28 territories, and 36 additional territories a week later. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the plot, direction, action sequences and performances of Cruise and Blunt. It grossed over $370.5 million worldwide in its theatrical run. A sequel, titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat, is in development.
In 2015, aliens called “Mimics” arrive in Germany via an asteroid and swiftly conquer most of continental Europe. By 2020, the United Defence Force (UDF), a global military alliance established to combat the alien threat, finally achieves a victory over the Mimics at Verdun using newly developed mech-suits. In Britain, the UDF plans a major invasion of France, and General Brigham orders recently attached U.S. Army Major William Cage, a public affairs officer, to cover it. Cage, having no combat experience, objects and threatens to blame Brigham if the invasion fails. Brigham has Cage arrested and sent to Heathrow Airport, now a military base. Cage awakens to find Brigham has demoted him to a private and assigned him to Master Sergeant Farell and the misfit J-Squad, who do not take kindly to Cage.
Edge of Tomorrow grossed $100.2 million in North America and $270.3 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $370.5 million and is one of the best sci-fi movies ever made.