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Today in Nerd History | May 28

Strap in and reset your watches for a time-looping, alien-battling adventure because today we’re diving into the thrilling world of “Edge of Tomorrow.”

Inclusion on this list does not imply that the entry is family friendly, only that is was a nerd culture milestone. Parents should, of course, use discernment.

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2014: Edge of Tomorrow (Theaters)

Released in theaters on May 28, 2014, this sci-fi action film, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, combines groundhog-day mechanics with intense combat sequences, making it a standout in the genre. Set against the backdrop of an alien invasion, the film’s unique narrative and dynamic action sequences have captivated audiences and critics alike. Let’s explore some “Nerdy Facts” about this pulse-pounding flick.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Based on a Novel: “Edge of Tomorrow” is based on the Japanese light novel “All You Need Is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The film follows the book’s premise closely but changes its setting and characters to appeal to a global audience.
  • Training and Transformation: Emily Blunt underwent an intense three-month training regimen to play the role of Rita Vrataski. She learned Krav Maga and other combat skills, and she performed her own stunts during the grueling beach landing scenes.
  • Exo-Suit Challenges: The actors wore heavy exo-suits for their roles, which weighed up to 85 pounds. The physicality required for the roles was so demanding that Tom Cruise built a gym on set where the cast could maintain their strength and stamina throughout the shooting.

“Edge of Tomorrow” combines smart storytelling, innovative action, and compelling performances, creating a film that’s as thought-provoking as it is thrilling. On May 28, we celebrate this cinematic gem that encourages us to “Live. Die. Repeat.” in the most spectacular fashion. Happy Nerd History Day to all who relish a good action-packed temporal twist!

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