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日本ではAll you need is killというタイトルですが、米国ではEdge of Tomorrowなんですね。興行的には大成功というわけではありませんが、映画の評価は高いようです。

The Unexpected Pleasures of Edge of Tomorrow
Director Doug Liman imbues the Groundhog-Day-meets-Starship-Troopers Tom Cruise vehicle with wit and panache.
CHRISTOPHER ORR
JUN 6 2014, 10:00 AM ET

お勉強臭を出して恐縮ですが、戦争もののためか過去の世界大戦を多少意識した感じの部分もあります。もちろん、こんな知識はなくても映画は楽しめますが。。。

Tom Cruise lands on a French beach, D-Day-like, and is torn apart by a glowing, tentacled alien.
Tom Cruise lands on a French beach, D-Day-like, and has a hole punched through his chest while protecting another soldier from enemy fire.

プライベートライアンと見比べるとD-Day的な雰囲気がありますね。





Wikipediaの説明が長過ぎる場合、歴史についてはHistory.comが簡潔にまとまっていて助かります。

D-Day

During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.



次にヒロインのエミリーブラントは唯一勝利を収めた戦いで大活躍してAngel of Verdunと呼ばれているそうです。

To rewind a bit: Edge of Tomorrow (based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill) is set in a near-future in which a methodical alien species dubbed “Mimics” has touched down in Germany and, over the course of five years, gradually overtaken most of Western Europe. The sole human victory over the invaders has been at Verdun—yes, that Verdun—where a heroic soldier in a robotic exoskeleton, Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), single-handedly killed more than 100 Mimics and in the process became an icon of the resistance.

ベラダンと聞いてすぐに第一次世界大戦のベラダンの戦いが浮かぶ日本人はどれだけいるでしょうか。。。映画でいうと『西部戦線異状なし』となるでしょうか。この辺は詳しくないので分かりません。





BATTLE OF VERDUN
This World War I siege stemmed from German General Erich von Falkenhayn’s edict to elicit major bloodshed from the French defense of the fortress complex around Verdun. German forces advanced quickly in February 1916, claiming Fort Douaumont and Fort Vaux after brutal subterranean melees. Despite coming within two miles of Verdun cathedral, the Germans called off their offensive in mid-July, and Falkenhayn was relieved of his position. The French retook their forts and pushed back the line, and by the time their forces ground to a halt in December, both sides were left with more than 600,000 casualties.

しつこいですが、こんな知識がなくても映画は楽しめます。ただ、今年は第一次世界大戦100周年ということもあり、取り上げてみました。
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