Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys Teaser Poster. Woman (Connor) in field holding a Terminator head
Terminator Genisys Teaser Poster

This is the first I’ve heard of the upcoming movie Terminator Genisys, and the trailer (below) provides some hope that we may actually get an interesting new addition to the franchise. Terminator is probably my favourite of the series, but Judgment day was a stunning visual effects feat of the time and still stands up reasonably. T3, well, I just plain forgot this even existed till I saw mention of it in a post related to the trailer.

I thought Terminator Salvation was underrated but still average at best. I’d been waiting a long time to see a movie set after the nuclear apocalypse unleashed by Skynet. Robots and apocalypse, how can you go wrong? At least it was a break from rehashing the “go back in time to save the day” spiel.

On seeing the opening of this trailer, my instant thought was, “WTF, why are they remaking the first movie! I want more robots and apocalypse, but done better”. Moments later we see Sarah Connor bursting into the scene with a rather sturdy looking van, broadsiding a “cop” to save a confused and disoriented Kyle Reece from certain termination. This makes me happy, but also sad that I already know the major plot point.

I will be seeing this when it debuts on the 1st of July with all the 3D trimmings. Reportedly there will be a further two Terminator sequels that we can expect to see. One in 2017 and another in 2019.

4 Replies to “Terminator Genisys”

  1. I’ve never seen any of Alan Taylor’s movies. I really hope he hasn’t hammed up the series even further. I’m not suprised to see that Cameron has nothing to do with the upcoming films. He left with dignity.

  2. Just rewatched T2 last night and I really love its focus on Sarah Connor, her haunting vision of Judgment Day, concerns over the uncertainty of a deterministic vs. open future and her crisis with her own humanity after training to be as ruthless as any machine.
    The T-800’s exploration of humanity is nice, too, if a little “Hollywood” in execution (probably best it was underplayed, though). Then there’s the complex relationship between Sarah and John, given she’s raising him to become the savior of all mankind. And Dyson being a mild-mannered, well-intentioned family man and not some diabolical mastermind is also incredibly effective. Comparing the first two movies’ antagonists, I consider the T-1000 to be the more unnerving, for the fact it’s so much more resilient and cunning.

    1. Hey Rex. Was this your first T2 experience? If so, welcome to the show. Lots of good points here. The second movie did indeed have a much larger scope for exploring characters and philosophical concepts than the original. I was always skeptical about the bonding process between John and the T-800, and the resulting exploration of humanity. It has been too long since I’ve seen the movie now, but I do remember there is a scene in one version of the movie (probably a director’s cut or similar) which attempts to make it all a little more credible. The exploration of humanity was a lot more prominent in Salvation, though was very obvious (man who doesn’t know he’s a machine, even though we do, even though it would be better if we didn’t). Thinking on it now I would very much like to see an alternate reality where the French made Terminator. Those guys have an extraordinary ability to craft action movies that are not just fun and stylish, but also more intellectually stimulating and subtle.

      I agree with the T-1000 being the more menacing antagonist. Any suitably determined individual can destroy or incapacitate a T-800, but a T-1000… For your every-man character to take one of these down would require planets aligning.

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