Futuristic military technology, weapons and gadgets take center stage in the science fiction film "Edge of Tomorrow," which features Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt wearing exoskeletons, wielding machine guns and traveling through time.
Is any of this possible?
We checked in with Sony Imageworks, the effects studio behind most of the realistic weaponry and tech. The answers might surprise you.
1. Exoskeletons Many of the characters in the movie wear an "Exo-Suit," taken directly from Hiroshi Sakuzara's 2004 novel, "All You Need is Kill." Soldiers can run faster, punch harder, swing a helicopter blade and even use a zip line from a quadcopter. Seem far-fetched? A company called Ekso Bionics is working on an exoskeleton suit to help paraplegics walk again. Special effects supervisor Daniel Jramer said the filmmakers built an actual suit for Cruise, who wears it in many scenes.
2. Quadcopters The quadcopters in the film, based loosely on the Bell Boeing Quad TiltRotor, are available today as toys -- and you can control them from your phone. About the size of a pillow, quads like the upcoming Parrot Bebop and the DJI Phantom Vision can make steep banking maneuvers, hover above your backyard pool and rise to incredible heights (limited by FAA regulations to about 400 feet). Kramer says the real inspiration was the Bell Boeing Osprey heli that can tilt its engines at an angle and fly like a plane or a helicopter.