From what I can tell, this trailer has revealed the full plot. Looks like the original (Arnold) T-800 goes even further into the past than the original film (or sequels), where he befriends a younger Sarah Connor and raises her from childhood. By the time Kyle Reese shows up it ain't the 1984 he and John Connor expect. Old terminator corrupted the timeline resulting in an alternate timeline. I'm just not feeling this. Might have been cooler if they'd gotten Robert Patrick or Michael Biehn back.
I look at this the way I looked at the Dark Knight Trilogy; (potentially) an interesting interpretation of characters I really enjoy.
This movie looks to be taking a page out of the recent Star Trek reboot. Original idea? No, but doesn't mean it won't be an interesting summer movie.
If the series ended with T3, I'd probably see the "recent history" part. Salvation was an excellent beginning to the 2 trilogy. Too bad it got derailed with the bankruptcy.
I'm not a Jai Courtney fan, but the other cast members (especially Emilia Clark) look to be good. I've lived with his stale performance in other movies, if the overall movie is entertaining, I can continue to overlook another one.
I like the Sarah Connor Chronicles that was on Fox a few years ago but the last two films have left me cold. And everything I've seen from this hasn't screamed must see
* Kerp that in mind, creators for 007: SPECTRE!!!
I guess we're just not meant to think too hard about this stuff.
If you must see it (as any Terminator fan MUST DO), you will appreciate J.K. Simmons scenes (too few) and you should probably stick through the credits for the prize(?) after sitting through this reboot that somehow both repeats and rejects its past. Go see it, then expect to forget it. It is better than Salvation or T3, but the next episode (if there is one) will likely toss out this one's timeline anyways...
I guess I just still don't understand what caused this alternate timeline, and who sent a Terminator to protect Sarah.
The plots are each described, and here is Genisys's condensed version: The author's take on the other two films is also spot-on. Worth a read...
A Good Day to Die Hard
Nothing if you prefer your leading actors with the same charisma as Sam Worthington or Channing Tatum. In other words, Jai Courtney is an utterly disposal, cardboard actor who surprisingly seems to keep getting big roles but doesn't bring much to those roles. Never believed him as Kyle Reese.
As for the movie itself, the future scenes were all done very well, but there were also a lot of shortcuts taken. It is better than Terminator Salvation, and Terminator 3, but it was not anywhere close to T1 & T2.
IMO, the best thing about this movie was Arnold. Second best part? JK Simmons. I wasn't bored with this movie, but it is pretty forgettable. And am I the only person here that is still confused about exactly where Matt Smith’s Skynet character was from while watching this movie?
As for continuing this series, just before the release of Terminator Genisys, the plan was reportedly to film two more movies back-to-back, with release dates penciled in for 2017 and 2018. The rights do revert back to James Cameron in 2019, so Paramount is under a bit of a time crunch, and it will be interesting to see how they proceed. Perhaps they’ll scale back and only make one movie at a time, and see how it goes from there. They could also rein in production and try to make the movies for less money. They have some difficult choices to make before too long. Wonder if a sequel is in the works or not?
It might also help that I never saw him as the lead, which is odd, I guess.
I thought the portion in the 80s was probably the most interesting, but part of that could be the remaking of the original scenes.
I think it was Sarah, since only she (or some other survivor of the resistance with an intimate knowledge of Sarah's childhood) would know where she lived as a child. Maybe they both did it? Your thoughts @Matt?
For my taste, the best thing about the movie was JK Simmon's character and I was pleased to learn he had signed on for two sequels to this.
I thought an important note: Sarah mentioned a T-1000 blowing up her house & killing her parents...but we see the T-800 carrying a rocket launcher. What if the future Sarah sacrificed her pleasant childhood to give Kyle one?
Also, this was the wrong Terminator movie to watch with my wife, who asked how Kyle could be younger then John, but be his father!