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Director: Alan Taylor; Screenwriters: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier; Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith; Running time: 125 mins; Certificate: 12A
Terminator Genisys says and does nothing new, preferring instead to exhume the past and take one almighty metallic dump on it. Relentlessly dull and lacking any entertainment value beyond a solitary knob gag one-liner from Arnold Schwarzenegger, it's hard to fathom how badly they've rewired rather than rebooted this ailing franchise.
The plot is an utter mess, throwing together Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), her son John Connor (Jason Clarke) and nondescript soldier Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) in various timelines that rewrite history and feature multiple incarnations of Schwarzenegger's iconic, leather-clad figure. By the end, you'll be wishing he could travel back in time and terminate the franchise after T2. That's if »
Director Alan Taylor had "a few unpleasant conversations" over the decision to spoil a key Terminator: Genisys moment in its trailer.
One of the frustrations with the incoming Terminator: Genisys is a promotional campaign that's revealed one of the film's surprises. Having seen the finished film, we must admit too that our fears were realised here: it's a key moment in the movie, and one we knew was coming solely down to its inclusion in a trailer.
If you haven't seen the trailers for Terminator: Genisys, then don't scroll below the spoiler squirrel...
Director Alan Taylor has been doing interviews to support the release of the new movie, and he too has joined the chorus of grumbles over the specific reveal. The scene is where Jason Clarke's John Connor character undergoes, er, something of a transformation. Chatting to Uproxx, Taylor said that "I certainly directed those scenes with the »
Directed by Alan Taylor
At best, Terminator Genisys is mildly entertaining. At worst, this fifth installment of the Terminator franchise feels like its titular protagonist; “old and obsolete.” Schwarzenegger provides a few bright spots in his return to the iconic role, but he’s woefully underused. Instead, director Alan Taylor gets lost in a mythology that was never important to begin with. Despite some top-notch special effects and nostalgic callbacks, there’s a serious lack of fun and adventure. It seems that fate has finally caught up to this dilapidated franchise.
“Wait a minute… what?!?”
That’s a question you’ll be asking yourself a lot during this ill-conceived actioner. Rather than focusing on the franchise’s delightfully-elegant premise—methodical robots track plucky humans through time and then destroy a bunch of stuff—Terminator Genisys focuses on the more complicated (and »
- J.R. Kinnard
Terminator Genisys is an ambitious attempt at revitalizing a series that many critics say has gone steadily downhill since the third film. Now five films and two television seasons deep, an argument could be made to whether there is enough story to carry a series of films. But buried within the fifth film is a clever concept of looking at the original two films in a new light while planting the seed for future sequels. How that initial idea evolved into this overworked and stupidly complex story shows that writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier either got in way over their heads or have not a clue as to why the first two films work so well in the way that they do. Sure, the film is about humans fighting robots and that alone should be “cool,” but Terminator was once more than that. Genisys can’t understand that, but »
- Michael Haffner
Terminator Genisys Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clark, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons Director: Alan Taylor Screenwriters: Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis Runtime: 126 Minutes Grade: B Terminator Genisys is something of a pleasant surprise. Twelve years after the franchise was relaunched with the abysmal Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (and with Arnold out of office and making fun action pictures again,) producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg boot up the dormant killing machine. And oddly enough, it works. For the first time since Terminator 2: Judgement Day, this franchise seems to actually give itself respect. Instead of being yet another vehicle for The Governator to spout one liners [ Read More ]
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Schwarzenegger's back, but how does Terminator Genisys match its predecessors? Here's Ryan's verdict...
If you’d acquired the multi-million dollar rights to the Terminator franchise in an auction, what would you do with them? After the sun-drenched, overblown and dusty mayhem of 2009's Terminator Salvation, the sensible answer might be to take the series back to its roots. Return to the chase format of James Cameron’s twin classics Terminator and Terminator 2. Tone down the armies of robot motorcycles and mechanical swimming snakes. Bring back Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Such is the approach taken by director Alan (Thor: The Dark World, Game Of Thrones) Taylor and screenwriters Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis in Terminator Genisys. Six years after Salvation failed to take off, the franchise is now in the hands of the production company Skydance, which has taken a similarly reverential approach to the Terminator as it did with its Star Trek »
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
That image above (click to enlarge) is a shot of the back cover of Ian Malcom’s book as seen in Jurassic World, via the film’s official Twitter account. In addition to that, this edition of Sequel Bits features: Jason Clarke talks about his initial reaction to a Terminator Genisys plot twist, A new Fear the […]
- Russ Fischer
Studios seem to struggle with how to reboot a franchise. Do they attempt to pull a Star Trek where an alternate timeline keeps the previous material intact while making way for a new adventure? Do they go even more hardcore like X-Men: Days of Future Past and wipe away most of the previous movies from canon? Or do they go with the Superman Returns route and just ignore the crappy sequels? Franchise building is monumentally important to the modern day studio system, but in order to retain what audiences loved, movies are bending over backwards to service old fans while trying to open up new stories. No reboot tries as hard as Terminator Genisys to restart a franchise. The movie is part reboot, part sequel, part prequel entirely confusing, and incredibly asinine if you consider the plot for more than a half-second. Genisys tries to charm us by playing into nostalgia, »
- Matt Goldberg
Arnold Schwarzenegger led the cast and crew in the human resistance against the machines at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Terminator Genisys’ on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre. The franchise’s celebrated actor, who has played the title character since the original 1984 film, was joined by several of his co-stars, including Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke and Byung-hun Lee, at the premiere. The sci-fi sequel’s director, Alan Taylor, joined the cast at the premiere, where they were all photographed together on the red carpet. The fifth entry in ‘The Terminator’ series will be released theaters tonight in 2D, Real D 3D and IMAX 3D. The film’s distributor, Paramount Pictures, [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
We spoke with cast members Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, and Emilia Clarke. As they explain in the interview, the well-known characters of Sarah and John Connor as well as the Terminator himself all receive backstories and find themselves in new and action-packed scenarios.
Schwarzenegger gets to fight his younger self in what is bound to be one of the most intense sequences in the film, and an adult Kyle Reese travels back in time to save Sarah Connor. Of course, nothing goes as planned and all hell breaks loose.
We get an inside look at how some of the wilder stunts were pulled off, as well as a preview of the powerful and possibly unexpected emotional side to the film.
- Amanda Wood
"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
When did the Terminator franchise become more about punching and ineffective gunfire and less about the threat of robot overlords and the extinction of humanityc Yeah, Terminator Genisys has aspects of the latter. It even has some rather interesting ideas at play, but the plot is mired in futile action sequences and hackneyed dialogue to the point any originality in concept is lost on one routine scene after another. It also doesn't help the film's marketing spoiled a major plot point that takes place midway through the film, after which the plot boils down to a "race against the clock" scenario. Oh no, I wonder if they'll manage to complete the job before the clock hits zeroc Utilizing a convoluted, alternate timeline that's not even worth explaining, Terminator Genisys begins in the future where John Connor (Jason Clarke) is leading the human resistance against the machines. Harkening back to the original Terminator, »
- Brad Brevet
The beginning of Terminator: Genisys, the first of three planned films that Paramount hopes will relaunch the beloved sci-fi franchise, 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 post apocalyptic California. As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save Connor’s mother, Sarah (Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator programmed to kill her so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-hun Lee, Courtney B. Vance, and J.K. Simmons, »
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Byung-hun Lee graced the gray carpet for the premiere of Terminator Genisys Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. CineMovie talked to the film's Byung-hun Lee and screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier at the event, and we also caught up with The Talking Dead's Chris Hardwick, WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard and Dusk Till Dawn'sWilmer Valderrama.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Super User)
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 »
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