It's been a while since Tom Cruise reminded us why he was once known as a badass. Jumping on a couch on Oprah, his lackluster performance in Rock of Ages, and suing gossip mags for $50 million because they hurt his feelings haven't done much to bring us back to the Top Gun days. 

Then we saw this photo and almost all was forgiven in one glorious image. The first photo was released from Tom's new futuristic sci-fi flick All You Need is Kill and features him in a metal mechanical suit running from a giant fireball. We're pretty sure he was told to envision the fireball as a swarm of paparazzi in preparing for that scene...

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The flick centers around a soldier named Bill Cage (Cruise) who has to fight a war against an alien race called Mimics. Bill dies in the film, and then dies again and again. It's all because he is simply reborn to fight the same battle though and simply grows stronger and wiser each time.

If you're already chomping at the bit to see the movie though, you still have quite a while to wait. All You Need Is Kill, which also stars Bill Paxton and Emily Blunt, won't hit theaters until March 14, 2014.

What do you think of Tom's upcoming movie?

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