Sometimes a Movie is So Good You Have to Live Every Day Like Your Last
This week on the podcast Johnny and Brian kick off a new era for the Infamous Podcast! This episode will be the first in a series of deep dives about some truly great Sci-Fi movies that don’t get their due. This week, Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow starring Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise.
Live. Die. Repeat. Edge of Tomorrow
Edge of Tomorrow (also known by its marketing tagline Live. Die. Repeat. and renamed as such on home release) 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. Major William Cage (Cruise), a public relations officer with no combat experience, is forced by his superiors to join a landing operation against the aliens. Though Cage is killed in combat, he finds himself in a time loop that sends him back to the day preceding the battle every time he dies. Cage teams up with Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt) to improve his fighting skills through the repeated days, seeking a way to defeat the extraterrestrial invaders.
Cast & Crew
All You Need Is Kill
by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Tom Cruise as Major William Cage
Emily Blunt as Sergeant Rita Vrataski (“Angel of Verdun”)
Bill Paxton as Master Sergeant Farell
Brendan Gleeson as General Brigham
Noah Taylor as Dr. Carter
Jonas Armstrong as Skinner
Tony Way as Kimmel
Kick Gurry as Griff
Charlotte Riley as Nance
Franz Drameh as Ford
Dragomir Mrsic as Kuntz
Masayoshi Haneda as Takeda
Madeleine Mantock as Julie
Village Roadshow Pictures
3 Arts Entertainment
Leavesden Film Studios
Warner Bros. Pictures
June 6, 2014 (United States)
In late 2009, 3 Arts Productions purchased the rights to the novel and sold a spec script to the American studio Warner Bros. The studio produced the film 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 Leavesden Studios outside London, and other locations such as Trafalgar Square and Saunton Sands. Nine companies handled the visual effects.
Production designer Oliver Scholl and his team worked with lead builder Pierre Bohanna to develop concept art for several battle suit options based on contemporary, real-world powered exoskeleton initiatives, such as those supported by DARPA. When director Doug Liman chose a design, the team built an aluminum prototype frame that had pivot points and hinges.
Warner Bros. invested over $100 million in a marketing campaign for Edge of Tomorrow.
The film was initially titled All You Need Is Kill after the light novel.
In July 2013, Warner Bros. changed the title to Edge of Tomorrow; Warner Bros. president Sue Kroll said the title was changed partly due to “negative chatter” about the word “kill” in the title.
Doug Liman, who said he rejected the title All You Need Is Kill because it “didn’t feel like it was the tone of the movie I had made”, wanted to rename the film Live Die Repeat, but Warner decided to use that just as the tagline.
Edge of Tomorrow initiated its theatrical run in several territories on May 28, 2014, and rolled out to a total of 28 territories for its opening weekend of May 30 – June 1, 2014. It grossed $20.1 million on its opening weekend.
For the second weekend of June 6–8, 2014, it was released in 36 additional territories. 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.
After the film’s theatrical run, Entertainment Weekly said it had a “lukewarm box-office reception” despite praise from critics.
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