Terminator: Genisys – FIRST LOOK

Information regarding the upcoming ‘Terminator: Genisys‘ has been slow to arrive, especially considering it’s a Summer Franchise Blockbuster movie aiming for a July 2015 release date. There have been a few leaked set photos and a few out-of-context shots of cast members (including a greying Arnold Schwarzenegger who, despite being 67, is built like a tank for the role), but nothing official or concrete as to what the movie will be about.

Today, that changed as Entertainment Weekly have the scoop and they revealed two Terminator-themed covers for their next issue. The first of which shows off Jai Courtney (‘A Good Day to Die Hard‘ & ‘Divergent‘) as the new Kyle Reese and Emilia Clarke (‘Game of Thrones‘) as Sarah Connor.

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And the second cover reveals Matt Smith (‘Doctor Who‘) who will be playing a currently unknown role, a naked T-800 and Jason Clarke (‘Zero Dark Thirty‘ & ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘) as the new John Connor.

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Let me level with you, I have been gearing up to fight in this movie’s corner for months. The Terminator franchise is one of my favourites and despite the franchise recently dipping in quality with ‘Terminator: Salvation‘, I don’t think there’s a single bad instalment an that’s including the Terminator theme-park ride ‘T2 3-D: Battle Across Time‘ and ‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles‘. ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ is my favourite movie of all time and is part of my film-making bible. And the circumstances surrounding the conception and creation of this particular remake/reboot haven’t been received well by audience members and movie-bloggers, so I was bracing myself to be in the minority in defending this movie; at least until it’s released, when the movie can speak for itself. That being said…

…this is a terrible first showcase for ‘Terminator: Genisys‘.

To put it charitably, the covers are abysmal. All of the four actors are pulling really awkward faces that I can’t even begin to take seriously. Jai Courtney looks like he’s surprised by the flash on the camera that took the picture, Emilia Clarke has an adorable baby-face and doesn’t sell the jaded soldier that we know the character to be, the two look like they’re on a photo-booth with a prop bike flashing poses as opposed to riding into battle, Matt Smith is pulling a face that I can only really sum up as “mildly disgruntled” and is…is that T-800 grinning? And photo-bombing?

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“Wassup, Doc?” – T-800

Entertainment Weekly have also supplied a plot synopsis for…Genisys.

“Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by Schwarzenegger’s Terminator—an older T-800 she calls “Pops”—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.

“Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen,” says David Ellison (one of the Producers). “But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, ‘That’s not what I want to do.’ It’s her decision that drives the story in a very different direction.”

I’m sorry, what? I’m sure this all makes sense in the context of the movie but Sarah Connor was in her late teens or early 20s when she met Kyle Reese in ‘The Terminator‘ back in 1984. And the fact that we’re 5 movies into this franchise and this is the THIRD time we’ve had Schwarzenegger sent back in time to protect the main hero. It could make for an interesting father/daughter dynamic as opposed to the father/son one from ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day‘ and to a lesser extent ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines‘, but it seems awfully perfunctory and I can’t even begin to imagine where this movie could fit in the timeline.

I’m not going to give up all hope on this movie just yet, but this is the exact opposite of putting your best foot forward. This could still work and I have faith in director Alan Taylor (‘Game of Thrones’‘Thor: The Dark World’) but without any context the synopsis is a mess, the covers are laughable and…that smiling photo-bombing T-800 must be a joke. It has to be, right?

Terminator: Genisys‘ will be released in the UK on July 3rd 2015.

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Posted: 30th Oct 14