In the near future, humankind is fighting for survival against a race of invading aliens that have the ability to control time. Defeat seems inevitable until one military officer (Tom Cruise) finds a strategy that might hold the key to survival: dying. By exploiting a time-travel loop, he can die in battle over and over again until he learns the secret to the aliens’ destruction — like a grisly, much less cuddly Groundhog Day.
Working from a screenplay based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s 2004 graphic novel — and polished by writers including Jack Reacher‘s Christopher McQuarrie — director Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) says he aims to craft action sequences that blend sci-fi shock-and-awe with grounded realism. That meant forcing Cruise to wear a souped-up, 70-pound suit of armor. ”Tom trained with weights for months to prepare for wearing this suit,” explains Liman, who says the equipment is unlike anything we’ve seen in recent superhero movies. ”The suits are armored and powered, but in a realistic way. It’s not Iron Man. You actually have to worry about if your battery is going to run out.”