First All You Need Is Kill Pic Arrives

Tom Cruise in a mech suit, anyone?

Doug Liman has directed Vince Vaughn doing up his flies at the side of the road in Swingers and Matt Damon tearing up Paris in a conked out mini in The Bourne Identity, but there's nothing in his back catalogue quite like this new All You Need Is Kill pic: Tom Cruise running away from a massive explosion in a mech suit.

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For those not in the know, All You Need Is Kill is based on the critically-acclaimed novel of the same name by Japanese sci-fi author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, which sees its hero Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) forced to fight (and die) over and over again as contact with alien invaders (known as 'Mimics') traps him in a hellish time loop.

This may strike some as being rather similar to the likes of Groundhog Day and Source Code (except, you know, with aliens), but as you can see from the astonishing pic above, there's a whole lot of sci-fi action to look forward to as well as the brain-bending time-wimey-ness.

On hand to help Cage is Special Forces operative Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), a reknowned hero on earth also trapped in her own bloody loop. Then there's a supporting cast including Bill Paxton - a man who isn't afraid of kicking alien ass - Charlotte Riley and the amazingly-named Kick Gurry.

If you haven't read the book already, you can get your hands on an English translation thisaway, and if you'd rather not know too much more about the plot, you can always just click on this thumbnail below for a closer look at Mr. Cruise suddenly remembering he'd left the gas on running away from an explosion.

All You Need Is Kill is set for a March 14 release.