So, no, this is not a book review. BUT…I decided to review this film because it’s an adaptation of a novel titled All You Need Is Kill and I’d never heard of it. I find it brilliant and refreshing that Hollywood actually dug around for concepts in the pool of talent otherwise known as SCI-FI AUTHORS to portray on the big screen. I love Batman as much as the next girl. Superman and Spidey too. And yes. LOVE me some Star Trek and X-MEN. BUT COME ON. Must we really resort to these tried and true winners every time?? Remakes and neverending sequels of box office hits? I mean…HOW MANY TRANSFORMERS MOVIES CAN THERE BE???
EoT was…again, for lack of a better word…refreshing. I’ve already seen some people say…Nah. The Groundhog Day thing is done.
What do I say to that??
YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT DONE IN SCI-FI! And done WELL might I add. Okay…maybe Sourcecode did it a little bit but I liked this movie so much more.
And OH HOLY ME. Yes. Tom Cruise can be strange. But he was great in this movie. For one, he does not roll onto the screen in Prime Badassery. Instead, the writers and directors and Cruise himself give us a character with a proper starting place for a TRUE character arc.
And Emily Blunt. Loved her already, but now I love her more. Seeing a heroine kick ass is always up my alley, but the film makers did something else smart too. There is ONE kiss in the whole film. (I don’t think that’s a spoiler.) One kiss. Yet I STILL caught all the subtext and cues to the true emotion going on between the two characters. So when they kissed??
As for the book? I’ve downloaded the sample. There is a paperback and ebook, as well as a graphic novel. Kudos to Mr. Sakurazaka for writing something that stood out enough to be made into a fabulous film with non-stop action.
Now. Go buy a ticket. Seriously. Tweet about it. Facebook it. Whatever. We need more films like this. We need Hollywood to recognize the talent and vast opportunity sitting on the shelves of the bookstores.
From my bookshelf…er…theatre?…to yours,
blurb from goodreads:
There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?