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As seen in the previously released trailers for Terminator: Genisys, there is a sequence early in the movie that is essentially a recreation of one of the most iconic moments in the franchise: the arrival of the first T-800 in James Cameron.s original The Terminator. As accurate as the movie works to be, however, there is one notable difference between the original and the "remake": the presence of Bill Paxton as the credited "Punk Leader." You might think that this is a missed opportunity for a special, digitally de-aged cameo, but apparently that was never really on the table because of what director Alan Taylor says would have been a "slippery slope." I had the opportunity to interview the Terminator Genisys helmer this past weekend during the blockbuster.s Los Angeles press day, and while we ultimately discussed many different elements and aspects of the movie during our chat, »
If you’ve been paying close attention to the marketing campaign for Terminator Genisys, then you’ll know that Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have given away a major plot point regarding Jason Clarke’s John Connor, both in the promotional trailers, and the character poster you can see to your left (apologies if you’d managed to avoid spoilers until now).
It certainly seemed baffling that the studio would choose to give away such a major twist, and judging from comments from director Alan Taylor during a promotional interview with Uproxx, it appears he’s a little puzzled by it all too:
“I certainly directed those scenes with the intention that no one would know. One of my favorite moments – and I think Jason Clarke did a great job with it – is when he walks into the hospital in 2017 and everything from there until the turn, you’re supposed to think, »
- Gary Collinson
The latest installment in the “Terminator” franchise, director Alan Taylor‘s “Terminator Genisys” has been taking a beating from critics. The latest attempt to revive the franchise starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which began in 1984 with James Cameron‘s “The Terminator” has been billed as obvious setup for more movies down the line. “The least inspiring thing about ‘Terminator Genisys’ is how it’s a fifth film that doesn’t improve or expand on the prior four so much as it’s meant to clearly set up Part Six, Part Seven and possibly even more,” wrote James Rocchi in his review for TheWrap. »
- Reid Nakamura
‘Old, but not obsolete,’ insists Schwarzenegger in a return to his most famous role. The truth, heartbreakingly, is quite the contrary
He is, inevitably, back. Again. The Terminator franchise stumbles out of the wreckage of the critically savaged sequel Salvation, this time with the participation of the original model, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the lavish endorsement of series co-creator James Cameron.
Salvation “sucked” and Genisys, we’ve been told, is a new dawn. In this alternate timeline, the genius of 1984’s splendidly cheesy The Terminator and its sleek, superior follow-up Terminator 2: Judgment Day, are the only history that matters.
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- Henry Barnes
"Goddamn time-traveling robots." Precisely, Jk Simmons. Precisely. Yes, I am aware that James Cameron's name is all over the commercials for "Terminator: Genisys" right now, and yes, i am aware that both of the writers on the film (Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier) are people I dig whose work I like a lot. And while I'm even willing to concede that this is probably better than either "Terminator: Rise Of The Machines" or "Terminator Salvation," that is such a low bar that I'm not sure I'd consider it a compliment. From moment to moment, "Terminator: Genisys" is decently produced, and there are a few beats here and there that are clever or decently staged. But taken as a whole, "Terminator: Genisys" is representative of the worst of franchise filmmaking, and as someone who fell in love with the original "Terminator" in a theater in 1984, it sickens me. I had »
- Drew McWeeny
There is an alarming trend in remakes/reboots that has sprouted up over the past few years, that I first noticed with a pair of 2013 releases, Carrie and Oldboy. Instead of finding any sort of new angle into the story, they were both, essentially, shot-for-shot remakes of the original, but with a shiny new cast for the 21st Century to latch on to. With that being said, Terminator Genisys doesn't qualify as such, since it does have a few new things to offer, but it's still crafted in a way that doesn't pay homage to the movies that come before it, but becomes a slave to them, bombarding us with beat upon familiar beat that is probably supposed to evoke fond memories from the originals, but instead dilutes and complicates any semblance of originality.
I found it somewhat sketchy to see Paramount roll out a recent Terminator Genisys TV spot »
One of the more surprising things about this week's release of "Terminator: Genisys" has been that the trailers have done little to hide the major spoilers in the film, and in fact have actively pointed out some of the big ones.
"Terminator Genisys" Minor Spoilers Ahead
This has not only upset those going in hoping to be surprised, it has also not been a fun experience for the film's director Alan Taylor who tells Uproxx that he had "a few heads up and a few unpleasant conversations" about the trailers ahead of time:
"I know there was kind of a challenging calculus going on in the heads of those who market this thing to decide that this was the right thing to do. I think they felt like they had to send a strong message to a very wary audience that there was something new, that this was going to new territory. »
- Garth Franklin
Remember that moment in the “Terminator Genisys” trailer (above)? The one where the Huge Universe-changing Plot Twist is revealed? If not, you should flee this article now, because you are to precious for this world and must be protected lest your movie-going experience be ruined this weekend. . . . Okay. For those of you still with me, let’s talk about John Connor. In the trailer for “Genisys” we see it revealed he's been tainted by the machines, converted into a hybrid villain who will destroy all of humanity. But that can’t be right? Surely the trailer wouldn't give away the “Luke, I am your father” moment of the new film. It Had to be a fake-out, right? Sadly, no. During an interview, Uproxx broached the question of why Connor’s true nature was blown before the opening credits even rolled with director Alan Taylor. The consensus? Our guess is as good as his. »
- Donna Dickens
Teetering on the eve of its release here in the States, July 1 will mark the end of a long and spoiler-heavy marketing campaign for Alan Taylor’s reboot-cum-sequel Terminator Genisys. For fans who have kept pace of the promotional pizzazz, it wasn’t long before the film’s major plot twist was revealed ahead of time via a theatrical trailer, and though it was a conscious decision on the part of the studio, Taylor has empathized with fans who have perhaps felt a little short-changed.
Speaking in an interview with Uproxx, the filmmaker admitted that he wanted to keep the character switch a surprise right up until Genisys‘ worldwide release, and that it was never his intention to disclose Jason Clarke’s real role lest it undermine the shock value.
“I certainly directed those scenes with the intention that no one would know. One of my favorite moments – and I »
- Michael Briers
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Terminator Genisys for those who have managed to avoid them.
It turns out that we aren't alone in thinking that the trailers for Terminator Genisys gave too much of the plot away.
"I certainly directed those scenes with the intention that no-one would know," he told Uproxx.
"One of my favourite moments - and I think Jason Clarke did a great job with it - is when he walks into the hospital in 2017 and everything from there until the turn, you're supposed to think, 'Oh man, this is great'.
"I had a few heads ups and a few unpleasant conversations where I squawked about this or that."
Taylor admitted that the marketing team had its »
You don’t see Arnold Schwarzenegger’s butt in Terminator Genisys. That’s probably not the detail you were most concerned with regarding the fifth installment of the “Terminator” franchise (though those after some cinematic man meat won’t have to look far), but it’s a representative one. There are, in fact, many moments one can choose from in Genisys that provide a diagnostic sampling of what’s wrong with it. Like Skynet, and now Jurassic Park, the series has become terminally self-aware, as only a brand this old can. Unfortunately, this rusted ’80s artifact still refuses to self-terminate, and thanks to Genisys, we now live in a nightmarish new world where Terminator Salvation might not be the franchise’s bottom.
- Sam Woolf
The fifth instalment of the troubled sci-fi time travel series reveals itself to be a frustrating reboot-sequel hybrid, cherry-picking iconic moments from throughout the franchise and reworking them into a confused and mostly absurd new narrative. The result is a film that will likely infuriate fans, confound newcomers and fumble yet another attempt to carry the torch of James Cameron's mould-breaking creation into the future.In 2029, John Connor (Jason Clarke) successfully leads the rebellion against the machines and destroys Skynet. In its dying seconds, however, the sentient technology sends a T-800 terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back to 1984 to kill Connor's mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke). John has no choice but to send his best soldier, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to protect her. However, rather than...
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The Fourth of July weekend looks to be filled with full multiplexes as Magic Mike Xxl and Terminator Genisys open tomorrow (Weds, 7/1), joining Jurassic World, Inside Out and Ted 2 in a battle royale for eyeballs and bottoms. Available screens are something to consider as Warner Bros.' Mike will be in a reported 3,355 venues and Paramount's Genisys in 3,758. Pundits are plugging for both films to earn $50M for the five-day frame. That puts Mike earning around the $39.1M its predecessor, the original Magic Mike, made during its June 29 - July 1, 2012 opening. It would also speculate that Genisys debuts at around the same interest level that Terminator Salvation did when it opened with $42.6M in 2009. Of course, neither Salvation, nor the third installment in the series, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which made $44M its five-day July 4th weekend in 2003, ended up being embraced by fans as part of the canon. »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines showed that a Terminator universe without James Cameron was its own kind of wasteland. Schwarzenegger wasn’t enough, and retreading the same premise as T2—T-800 comes back in time to protect John Connor from a more advanced Terminator—made the third installment mostly pointless. The only part of that movie that significantly moved anything forward was the ending, and we already knew where that ending would take us. Terminator Salvation wasn’t so much a salvation for the franchise, but a salvage operation. Director McG went for the reality that the first three movies had tried to avoid, and while Salvation removes all hope from the previous installments, it also theoretically could have carved its own path. It’s set in the future; it doesn’t have Arnold Schwarzenegger (the crummy body double and digital masking doesn’t count); and it introduces us »
- Matt Goldberg
People can’t seem to get enough of Jurassic World as the Universal phenomenon stayed at number one for the third straight week at the North American box office. The movie held off a strong second weekend session for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out and a solid opening for Ted 2, which landed in third place.
Jurassic World became only the fifth film ever to cross the half billion-dollar mark in North America alone this weekend thanks to a $54.5 million haul from 4,198 screens. Off 49%, the film has earned $500.3 million to date and is still on target to finish past $625 million if not more. That would push the dino sequel past The Avengers on the all-time domestic list and land it right behind Titanic and Avatar.
Foreign numbers currently stand at $737 million and will undoubtedly get a huge boost when the movie hits Japan in early August. When all is said and done, »
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back for the fifth time.
Schwarzenegger was joined by stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Byung-hun Lee and Dayo Okeniyi at the premiere of Paramount’s “Terminator Genisys” Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Director Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”) said fans of the “Terminator” franchise will relive the original films through homages to James Cameron’s first two movies, while also watching the robot world take on a life of its own.
“We started off quite consciously in the script replicating scenes from the original to say, ‘You’ve seen this before, you think you know where this is going,’ and then we wrench off in a new direction,” Taylor said.
“Genisys” jumps into the robot universe when John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the resistance movement against the Terminators, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke »
- Reece Ristau
Kudos to Terminator Genisys director Alan Taylor for not avoiding the question when recently asked about what seemed to be incredibly spoiler-filled trailers and marketing for the upcoming sequel. If you're unsure of what I'm referring to and would like to remain in the dark you'll want to stop reading now, otherwise, let's forge on. The trailers have given us not only a peek at old Arnold Schwarzenegger battling with a CG version of his 1984 self from the original The Terminator, but given away the fact Jason Clarke's John Connor in the new film is in fact a Terminator. In an interview with Uproxx, the interviewer says they wished they hadn't known these plot details from the trailer to which Taylor says, "Yeah, it's funny; I certainly directed those scenes with the intention that no one would know. One of my favorite moments - and I think Jason Clarke »
- Brad Brevet
A few weeks ago, the film community collectively underestimated the impact that nostalgia could have at the box office. A lack of awareness of just how much audiences were ready to revisit the Jurassic Park franchise led to shock when Jurassic World began setting box office records. This week, there’s potentially another giant movie hoping to capitalize in the same way. It’s the sequel/franchise reboot Terminator Genysis, which is keen to follow in Jurassic World’s huge footsteps. This will be an interesting test of nostalgia, one that likely won’t be as huge a hit, but could still easily find a large audience nonetheless. Everyone knows the Terminator franchise (started by James Cameron, in case you somehow forgot) by now, with this one seeking to slightly rewrite the rules of the series in this fifth installment/fourth sequel. Arnold Schwarzenegger once again stars as the robot protector of Sarah Conner, »
- Joey Magidson
With the recent trend of dystopian films based on Young Adult novels doing so well at the box office – like The Hunger Games and Divergent, for example – it was only a matter of time before we headed back to the beginning.
Overriding the system isn’t just a game for the under-25 set. The genre has produced heroes from every walk of life who brought down corrupt systems – or at least tried to. Dystopian films have embraced the idea of rebellion for decades, churning out futuristic flicks like The Matrix, Blade Runner, Children of Men, and Snowpiercer.
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the titular Terminator this weekend in Terminator Genisys alongside "Game of Thrones"' Emilia Clarke, Divergent’s Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, and “Doctor Who”’s Matt Smith in an undisclosed role.
- Sasha James
• $33m Us debut for R-rated sequel fails to spur on would-be franchise
• Early records hint at Minions’ $1bn potential
• Jurassic World looks set for bronze-medal finish on the all-time list
So Jurassic World has bite – breaking all debut-weekend records – and pace – grossing $1bn faster than any other film. Now its stamina will be put to the test. It’s already taken $1.24bn, standing it eighth on the all-time list. But this weekend, its third, saw signs that the blockbuster is, if not flagging exactly, then starting to fall short of the kind of showing needed to make king of the box office James Cameron break into a sweat. After unprecedented Us weekends, $54.2m was – the shame! – just the third highest third weekend ever. Which means, with a second successive 49% drop, it is performing more like No 3 all-time film The Avengers (second weekend, -50.3%; 3rd, -46%), rather than the exceptional holds »
- Phil Hoad
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