Despite Tom Cruise’s personal troubles lately, the actor is still proving to be a bankable action star. Add the upcoming sci-fi thriller All You Need Is Kill to his packed list of projects. The Doug Liman directed film just got an official release date and synopsis from Warner Bros.
Though Cruise is still dealing with the difficult aftermath of his divorce form Katie Holmes and the latest string of Scientology rumors, the actor is hard at work doing what he seems to do best: action films. Next up is this December’s Jack Reacher, a stripped-down thriller, followed by Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi epic Oblivion, set for April 12, 2013. Following that will be All You Need Is Kill, another sci-fi romp based on the book of the same name, co-starring Emily Blunt and directed by The Bourne Identity‘s Doug Liman.
All You Need Is Kill has been announced for a March 14, 2014 release date, competing with Angelina Jolie’s live-action Disney epic Maleficent and Fox’s animated film Me And My Shadow, notes CinemaBlend.
Here’s the official synopsis for All You Need Is Kill from Warner Bros:
“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 (Emily 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.”
Good thing All You Need Is Kill will have r0ughly two years between itself and this weekend’s critical darling Looper (coincidentally, also starring Emily Blunt).
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