Four 'Edge of Tomorrow' Clips: Emily Blunt Schools Tom Cruise

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:04 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Four 'Edge of Tomorrow' Clips: Emily Blunt Schools Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise does some Crusian sprinting and plenty of futuristic gun-shooting in four new clips from Edge of Tomorrow.

Nonetheless, these four snippets make it pretty clear that the real action star in Edge of Tomorrow is Emily Blunt, not Tom Cruise.

The British actress has been ready for her shot at action glory for a few years.  A few years back she was actually the first choice to play Black Widow in Iron Man 2, but scheduling issues with Gulliver's Travels prevented the Devil Wears Prada MVP from becoming Marvel's preeminent lady ass-kicker.

In Edge of Tomorrow, she appears to be making up for lost time.  She plays Rita Vrataski, the much heralded soldier in a future war between humanity and invading aliens known as Mimics.  A legend among the troops, "Full Metal Bitch" is the only person who can help Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a desk jockey public relations officer who promptly dies on his first combat mission, only to respawn again and start all over.  Trapped in this Groundhog Day-style loop, Cage receives training and guidance from Vrataski, who herself once got trapped in the same repeating cycle.

A few weeks ago, an extended mega-trailer showed off the spectacle of Edge of Tomorrow, but these four clips, courtesy of JoBlo, provide a better sense of Doug Liman's approach to this big summer popcorn movie.  Unlike Cruise's last scifi picture, Oblivion, this one takes its aesthetic cues from the past, creating a future reminiscent of World War II, despite the exoskeleton war machines.

Dig Blunt's huge anime-style sword.  Edge of Tomorrow is actually based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and illustrated by Yoshitoshi Abe, so that sword shouldn't be too big a surprise. 

Adapting the novel into screenplay form were writing duo Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, with Christopher McQuarrie lending a hand too.  McQuarrie has rapidly become Cruise's go-to guy, having co-written Valkyrie, polished Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and written and directed Jack Reacher.  The Usual Suspects scribe is also set to direct Mission: Impossible 5.

Liman, meanwhile, is also at work on a tale of globe-trotting espionage: the Swingers and Bourne Identity helmer is on board to direct the video game adaptation Splinter Cell starring Tom Hardy as Sam Fisher.

Edge of Tomorrow opens June 6th.  The first reviews have been hitting online, and they're almost unanimously positive.

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