Terminator Genisys: First Look

Posted by The Daily Zombies Thursday, December 4, 2014

Look who's back. Behold the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in arguably his most popular role in Terminator: Genisys in our First Look at the somewhat inane reboot of the classic sci-fi film franchise. 

Remember all the wasted goodwill we had back in 2009 when the fourth instalment of James Cameron's classic Terminator film series (not so much for the third outing, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, directed by Jonathan Mostow) hit the theaters despite the the fact that McG is at the helm of this one. Didn't we learn our lesson about mismatched film-maker and film franchises back when X-Men: The Last Stand gloriously crashed and burned thanks to Brett Ratner? One fact that we are dead certain about sci-fi film franchises: When Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will be back in one of his many famous one-liners, he will be back one way or the other.

With Paramount rebooting/relaunching/restarting/resetting (whatever you call it these days) the Terminator series with a brand new trilogy starting with Terminator Genisys next July, director Alan Taylor, who has previously brought us the rather decent Thor: The Dark World, was roped in to kick off the robot-frenzy. With no disrespect to Taylor, the first wave of the marketing campaign is arguably one of the clumsiest we have seen thus far (right there with X-Men: First Class) with the reveal of the first images at Entertainment Weekly along with some revelatory elements on the plot.

For starters, here are the covers containing the first images.

Not exactly the stunning images one would have expected from a storied franchise. But the real kicker is with the reveal of the plot:

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 (brace yourself) 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.  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.

Now that changes everything we held dear to with the much-beloved sci-fi epic. 

We like the fact that Daenerys Targaryen herself, Emilia Clarke, is cast as a young Sarah Connor, and we can live with a battle-hardened, severely scarred John Connor portrayed by Jason Clarke. We can also live with the fact that Kyle Reese is now all jacked up thanks to the portrayal of Jai Courtney and a rather weird (and perhaps telling of a plot twist) casting choice of Matt Smith as henchman #1. But applying the plot of Back to the Future 2 (which is an excellent film by the way) to another time-traveling epic the likes of Terminator? All this just plainly translated into how desperate Paramount wanted to cash in on the franchise on hand. To clarify our stance, we are fans of the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series. In another words, we are perfectly fine with changing the rules of the game. But there are some ground rules and in-movie logics that are prerequisite in order for us to suspend our disbelief.

And here are more images unveiled in the EW exclusive.

And here we are today with the release of the first trailer. Somewhat surprisingly, it is not as offensive that we previously thought it could be. 

With no further ado, check out the trailer right below. Perhaps it is due to Daenerys' charms, or the fact that Lee Byung-hun's T-1000 looked pretty much as awesome as it was back in 1991 (not a knock in anyway since it is such a classic).

Here's the first poster released to coincide with the launch of the trailer.

And here's the official synopsis of the film, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

The beginning of Terminator: Genisys … is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes.  John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (Divergent‘s Jai Courtney) is his loyal soldier, raised in the ruins of postapocalyptic California.  As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save ­Connor’s mother, Sarah, from a Terminator programmed to kill her so she won’t ever give birth to John.  But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like what he expected.

Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke (for once, the actors portraying the Connors actually share their last names), Matt Smith, Byung-hun Lee, Dayo Okeniyi, Courtney B. Vance, and J.K. Simmons, Terminator Genisys is currently scheduled to be released on 1st July 2015. 


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