Suspend Your Disbelief: All You Need Is Kill

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“All You Need Is Kill” is an upcoming science fiction film where Earth is at war with a mysterious group of aliens called Mimics. Lieutenant Colonel Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) gets sent into his first combat situation and ends up dying in a fight against a Mimic, he suddenly wakes up again on the same day. Eventually he realizes stuck in some sort of time loop, and uses each loop to become stronger and learn how to defeat the Mimics. In the film, he rides a Triumph Thruxton.

The Movie
The movie is adapted from the Japanese science fiction novel of the same name by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It follow the same storyline, Earth is attacking by a group of aliens called Mimics, and the main character becomes stuck in a time loop. With each consecutive time loop, the main character becomes smarter, stronger and faster and searches for a way to defeat the aliens.

The Bike
The Triumph Thruxton was released in 2004, based off the contemporary Bonneville model with a few modifications to change its design. Its namesake comes from the Thruxton Circuit, where Triumph Motorcycles had won the Thruxton 500 endurance race. This signaled the the started of the cafe racer era — store-bought motorcycles were stripped down and modified to increase handling and performance. It had bar-end mirrors, clip-on handlebars and a seat cowl to give it a cafe racer look. In 2007, the Thruxton was upgraded to an EFI version with a new 865cc engine that has 68 horsepower. The upgrade allows the bike to move up to 140 miles an hour, easily beating the barely capable 100mph bikes they were modeled after.

Tom Cruise on set on a Thruxton.

The Rider
From the the promo pics we don’t know much aside from Tom Cruise riding around The Mall in central London without a helmet. However, we know Tom Cruise is a prolific motorcyclist and rides motorcycles in many of his movies — for example the fake Ducati he rode on he rode on “Knight and Day.” He often ends up doing his own stunts on motorcycles in his movies – such as “Mission Impossible 2″ with the Triumph Speed Triple, a Kawasaki GPZ900R in “Top Gun,” and the Fake Ducati in “Knight and Day.”

We don’t really know much about what Mr. Cruise and the Thruxton is doing in this movie, we’ll update as new information comes out. The movie should be released March 7, 2014.

  • Davidabl2

    ” easily beating the barely-capable-of-100mph bikes they were modeled after.”
    OTOH, that was when the ton was the the new ton is 150…and the Thruxton can’t quite do it :-)

  • BenVC

    Does anybody proofread this stuff?

  • Joe Bar

    “Groundhod Day”… SPACE?!!!!

  • Mark Gardiner

    He does his own stunts? Please. Two words: Production insurance.

  • Matthew Farley

    far cry from the top gun days when you could see the tie-down straps on his ninja 900

    • Mark Desrosiers

      The first time I saw that picture, it killed my childhood.

      • Jordan

        I used to show that picture to my unsuspecting friends just to see their disappointment and gain a little bit more closure for myself…

      • Brett Lewis

        I took a date to that movie. I kept my mouth shut as much as possible. It turned out good for me that night. The leather jacket and white t-shirt days of the 80′s.

    • Bill White

      Frigging awesome. Hahahahahahaa!!! “I do all my own stunts.”

  • Dennis Bratland

    Can you imagine how different movies would be if L. Ron Hubbard hadn’t been into motorcycles?

  • yipY

    Lets hope some spare body thetans don’t effect his thetansness’s balance and cause him to ride the bike down a volcano and end up back on Venus (again) at a landing station to be put in a capsule to be sent back to Earth to find a baby to start a new incarnation in……….Is the script an autobiography?

    • Wes Siler

      comment of the day

  • Troy Rank

    Is this the official bike of scientology?

  • Scottie Ray Smith

    Well, he IS 50 years old. So maybe he is riding something totally appropriate for his age. Besideds, more product placement like this by Triumph means they can keep on kicking out those delicious 675s.

    • Stuki

      Well, I ain’t no 50, but that Thruxton is one heck of a bike for riding “fast”. Fast being fast for the bike. Those rear-rearer-rearest-sets and long reach to the handlebar with nothing in front of it, makes one feel like superman in flight, once one gets enough speed that onrushing air help lift one a bit off the handlebars.

      It’s still about the coolest bike I can think of for simply “doing the ton”. Not that the 675s aren’t amazing or anything. Just a bit tight to be comfortable for anything but scratching. For anyone bigger than, a-hem, Tom Cruise at least :)

      • Scottie Ray Smith

        When we still had a Triumph dealer here in Little Rock, I used to lust heavily after this red Thruxton with the racing stripes. Beautiful motorcycle and one that looks even better with a rider onboard. Instead, I used my insurance money to buy a Phantom Black 675 SE.

  • Jordan

    … I wonder if Keith Code and Tom Cruise are friends, because if they are, then Mr. Maverick is fine by me.

  • Dave Oakley

    “The upgrade allows the bike to move up to 140 miles an hour, easily beating the barely capable 100mph bikes they were modeled after.”

    Crap! The modern Hinckley Bonnie (love them as I do) struggles to get much over 100mph. The old Meriden Thruxton Bonnie lapped the Isle of Man TT circuit in 1969 at over 100mph in the hands of Malcolm Uphill. His race average was 99.99mph

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    • Kerry Suche

      I don’t know where the writer sourced the 140 mph top speed but he needs to give his head a shake. It’d give you 100 mph or maybe a touch more. And I’m a fan of the bike. One of Hinckley’s finest. But get your facts straight.

      • HammSammich

        Yeah, I love the Hinckley Modern classics, but there’s no way a stock (or even mildly improved) Thrux could hit 140mph, unless maybe it was falling out of a plane. A couple years back, I rode my upgraded Bonnie alongside a Thrux in rural Eastern WA State at wide open throttle for about 3 solid minutes, and we topped out at an indicated 114 mph (which is likely a bit generous).

      • Low Aaron

        I remember the dyno for the T100 being about 113 mph Max in perfect conditions(No wind resistence). But 100 isn’t too shabby in my opinion.

  • Kevin Newell

    This probably could have been a good movie if The Cruiser wasn’t staring in it.

  • Scott Rounds

    Off-topic, but did you write this on your phone? There are about half a dozen errors that would’ve been caught with a simple proofreading by someone whose first language is English. Sorry, but I’ve been noticing a lot of it on this site lately and it bugs me. Keep up the (otherwise) good work.

  • Dez

    I have 2010 Bonnie and love it, top speed is not an issue with me its still bloody fast when someone pulls out in front of you although the brakes are good, 64 years and still going. I rather Tom rode something else.

  • Cory McNair

    I still want one of the Triumphs from MI2. The swingarms could change length, tires could go from Z-rated rubber to full knobs in mid-jump, and high-sides were impossible.
    BTW, Wasn’t Bill Murray in the original version of this story?

    • Aaron Berg

      I have one, doesn’t do any of those things, except the shooting at the car behind, using the mirror to aim. Hahaha

  • Jeremy Weaver

    I own a 2012 thruxton. 116 mph flat out on a back road. Nowhere NEAR 140. That is bouncing off the rev limiter. Change the sprocket and some mild mods an she might sneak past 120.