Director: Doug Liman
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Plot: An alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now 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.
Emily Blunt admitted that after putting on the metal suit, she started crying because it was so heavy (it weighed 85 pounds) and that she would be required to perform action scenes in it for five months.
It was never stated in the movie, but in the manga, the reason why Rita uses a melee weapon is because during her "resets" she would often run out of ammo, which resulted in her deaths.
While filming the car chase scene which includes a minivan, Emily Blunt was instructed to drive fast and then to take a right hand turn so that the van would shake. However, Blunt missed her mark and she drove the car right into a tree. She later said that it was both hilarious and terrifying, as she almost killed Tom Cruise, who was in the passenger seat, but both of them started laughing after the incident.
When Emily Blunt's character is introduced, she is doing a "planche" hold. Although she needed a wire for help on long takes, she is actually capable of doing that maneuver without assistance.
Based on the manga and novel "All You Need Is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. In the original book, the Mimics are invading Tokyo. Rita is an American nicknamed "Full Metal Bitch" and Cage is a Japanese man named Keiji Kiriya, nicknamed "Killer Cage" by the end. When Hiroshi Sakurazaka wrote the novel, he got the idea from video-gaming and resetting it over and over until finding the winning strategy. The default language set-up for Cage's battle armor is Japanese, a nod to the novel's country of origin. The Americans pronounced Keiji's name as Cage in the book, hence his name in the film.
The film was released in the U.S. on June 6, 2014, the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion during WWII. The film shares many similarities to the attack on Normandy Beach.
In the movie, Rita appreciates having coffee at the farmhouse. This is a nod to her character in the book, who is a coffee lover and had been introduced to coffee at an early age by her coffee addict father. In the world of the book, where coffee growing has virtually ceased because of the Mimic invasion and people drink artificial substitutes, Rita still has some supplies of exotic real coffee beans and her only personal possession is a coffee grinder.
During an early sequence in the film, Emily Blunt punches a young soldier who says, "Bloody hell, it's the Full Metal Bitch!" The part was played by her real-life younger brother, who had a cameo in the film.
Tom Cruise did all his own stunts.
The film takes place in 2061.
At the beginning of the movie, there is a montage of different newscasters, news footage, and public officials trying to deal with the alien invasion. One of the public officials they showed was Hillary Clinton, implying that she was President of the United States. The movie was released in 2014, two years before the 2016 presidential elections.
While preparing for her role here, Emily Blunt was tutored in the Israeli self-defense system of "Krav Maga".
Had its premiere in London, Paris and New York on the same day. The film's Manhattan premiere was at midnight.
In the novel, Rita Vrataski has short, curly, rust red hair and is flat chested
The kiss between Cage and Rita before the final battle was unscripted and a surprise to Tom Cruise and the director, with Emily Blunt saying afterwards, "It just felt right. It felt right and I did it."
An alternative, darker ending was considered for the film as follows: As they approach Paris in the drop-ship, Cage briefs the soldiers that they must not kill an Alpha or it will cause a time loop and "we'll be right back here having this conversation, and we won't even know it." During fighting, one of the soldiers gets separated, then confronts and kills an Alpha. The audience sees the Omega reset the day and witnesses the same conversation as before about not killing an Alpha, but then an attack starts and the audience knows that the Mimics have the upper hand as the movie ends. The actual released movie has scenes in the drop-ship where the soldiers are reviewing Cage's warning and one says "Do not kill an Alpha or we'll never even know we had this conversation and they'll know we're coming". Also, when the Mimics begin firing on the ship, somebody yells "They know we're coming, Cage!" These scenes were probably filmed for the alternate ending.
In the manga, Rita never loses her reset ability and she could feel that someone else is changing the time. In the end of the manga Rita realizes that since both of them are able to change time (resulting that the enemy would never end), Rita told Cage to kill her so that he would be the only one with the ability. Rita dies and Cage lives on to fight.
In the movie, the war with the Mimics ends, having destroyed the "Omega", the hive-mind controlling source of the Mimics, thus shutting them down for good. In the novel, however, there is no "Omega" or single source that controls the Mimics, and the war with them is still continuing after the novel ends.
The house where they rest is the same house from The Looper (2012), another movie where Emily Blunt is in.