Monday, June 16, 2014

From Page To Screen (70) Edge Of Tomorrow


This week on From Page to Screen I'll be tackling All You Need Is Kill (Edge of Tomorrow) by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

First Let's Discuss the Book. 
Here is a bit of back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the novel. All you Need is Kill is a novel written by Author Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The manga was originally published in December 2004 by Shueisha in Japan and later by Viz Media in the United States. All you Need is Kill was Sakurazaka's breakthrough science-fiction novel, earning wide praise from fellow novelists and reviewers alike.





Let's take a look at some of the characters.

Lt. Colonel Cage- Before the war Cage is little more than a pencil-pusher in the military when the alien invasion of the Mimics begins. After dying on the battlefield early into the fight, Cage finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop - forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again - and again. With the help of Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill.

Special Forces Rita Vrataski- A U.S. special forces soldier. Highly decorated and peerless in battle, she is seen as a hero by the entire world. Rita is the only person to ever kill more than one hundred Mimics in a single battle, and has the highest total kill count in the entire UDF.

Now let's discuss the movie.
In case some of you aren't familiar with the movie, here is a bit of back story. Edge of Tomorrow is a film directed by Doug Liman. It was released June 6, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures. Edge of Tomorrow cost $178 million to make and so far has earned over $237 million worldwide. The Film opened to mainly positive reviews but due to releasing against the Young Adult Blockbuster The Fault in our Stars, the Edge of Tomorrow premiered at #3 in its opening weekend.




Major Differences Between The Book Film
BookFilm
Mimics are ecoforming bots from a star system 40 light years away designed to re-form the Earth for alien use. The bots mimic starfish from the ocean and look like a bloated frog with four limbs and a tail. They launch weapons from their body and excrete a dangerous sand like substance when injured or the exoskeleton is opened.
The Mimics are multi-limbed with a head/mouth and will bleed when cut open.
When the Mimic's arrive they come out of the Ocean and attack Japan first. . 
The battle takes place in Europe, the UDF attacks from England. The Mimics attack on land or sea.
When Rita meets Cage for the first time he is wounded and dying on the battlefield. She agrees to stay with him until the end. When he kills a Mimic before dying his time loop starts. 
Cage is dying on the battlefield. Rita sees him and steals his battery pack without saying a word. Afterwords he kills a Mimic and his time loop starts.
Rita knows how the loops work and is working with the military to help understand them and potentially destroy the mimics. 
Rita and Cage think they know how the loops work but are rebuffed by the military when they offer to help.  
SGT Ferrell teaches Cage how to fight and is very devoted to his troops. He is part Brazilian/ part Japanese. 
Rita trains Cage how to fight. SGT Ferrell has no part in making Cage a better soldier. He is Caucasian. 
Cage avoids dying on the battlefield several times by not participating in the fighting but ultimately accepts his fate and vows to be a better fighter. 
After initially dying on the battlefield, Cage vows to become a better soldier. 
Sound can travel through the dome and people on either side can talk to each other. The dome is completely soundproof. 
The armored Jackets protect the soldier's entire body including face, eyes and lungs. They come armed with a 20mm rifle, 20 round pile driver and grenade launcher.. 
The armored jacket is an exoskeleton that the soldier wears. It is armed with small caliber weapons and rockets. However, the armored jackets aren't full body thus leaving the face and hands exposed.
The Mimics arrived 20 years before the events in the book. They were initially peaceful but due to the noxious gas they emit and Earth's delicate ecosystem being altered Humanity decided to fight back thus starting the war.The Mimics arrived 5 years before the events in the movie. We aren't told any real reason why the fighting started or how it escalated only that it did. 
It's implied Cage and Rita have sex before the last battle with the mimics.                                  
Cage hints at having sex with Rita to stop the time loops. Instead he gets a single kiss before the final confrontation starts.
Does not exist.Dr. Carter creates a device to allow them to find the Omega Mimic. 
Despite events in the novel, the war against the mimics continues on. 
This is changed in the movie.

Well that about wraps up this weeks From Page To Screen. Considering Tom Cruise is either a love him or hate him actor I was very pleased with his performance in Edge of Tomorrow. So which do I prefer? Honestly, I think I prefer the movie slightly more than the book. The book is great but the ending is very bleak and while Hollywood endings can feel cheesy, I think it worked in this particular case. Also I really think the Mimics were scary and something to be feared. In the novel they were almost laughable looking. Definitely check out the book though if you haven't already. Especially if you want to see more of a straight edged Cage/Kiriya. If you want to see Action, Robots and even a little bit of romance than watch the movie. It really was (imo at least) worth the price of admission.

Still not convinced? Check out the trailer below!
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Well that about wraps up this weeks From Page To Screen. Have a recommendation for an upcoming From Page To Screen, let me know in the comments below!

Have you read the book or watched the film? 
Which did you like better? Why? 
What is your favorite quote or scene from All You Need is Kill?

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