What's the Difference between All You Need is Kill the Book and Edge of Tomorrow the Movie?

Science Fiction

All You Need is Kill

Released: 2004
Author: Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Edge of Tomorrow

Released: 2014
Director: Doug Liman
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In the Book In the Movie
Keiji Kiriya
William Cage
Portrayed by: Tom Cruise
Rita Vrataski
Rita Vrataski
Portrayed by: Emiliy Blunt
Ralph Murdoch
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Shasta Raylle
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Rachel Kisaragi
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Dr. Carter
Chief Breeder
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Sgt Bartolome Ferrell
Master Sergeant Farell
Portrayed by: Bill Paxton
Edge of Tomorrow Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Rita's call sign on the battlefield is Calamity Dog. Rita does not have a call sign.
   The Mimics are machines trying to terraform the Earth for the aliens who sent them. They will reset the day under certain conditions to give them better odds to win a battle. They never let the humans win or show any quarter. The Mimics reason for attacking Earth is not revealed. Rita says the Mimics let the humans win at Verdun to lure them into a trap during the next big battle.
   Rachel Kisaragi befriends Keiji after he is beaten by a US soldier and offers to be his girlfriend. He rejects her. This does not happen; Rachel is does not appear in the movie.
   On his 159th loop Kiriya stares at Rita when she arrives to watch his platoon punished with isometric pushups. Rita joins the Japanese soldiers and asks Kiriya why he is staring at her. When the exercise ends, he tells her the after-meal tea in Japan is free; she knows he is looping and sobs. She finds him on the battlefield and obtains permission from his SGT to borrow him. They kill many Mimics together as well as the server and backups, but the loop continues. Cage finds Rita in her training area at the beginning of each loop and convinces her that he is looping. They fight together or evade combat during each loop trying to find a solution to the problem.
   Kiriya goes on to fight after killing Rita, the battle is won and the island is secure for the time being. He is put on trial for Rita's death; then acquitted. Kiriya is told by his SGT that he has been transferred to the US Special Forces as Rita's replacement. He meets Shasta at the armory and finds that his Jacket has been engraved with the words Killer Cage by the other soldiers as this is how they pronounce his name in English. Kiriya decides to paint his armor blue. The war to defeat the Mimics goes on with hope of victory. Tragic ending. Cage loops back to the day prior to his demotion. The Mimics are losing heir ability to fight due to the loss of their Omega. He finds Rita in the armory and stares at her while smiling; she asks him what he wants as he is a stranger to her once again. Typical Hollywood happy ending with zero body count.
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