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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
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
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
With Paramount’s Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi epic “Terminator: Genisys” and Warner Bros.’ male stripper tale “Magic Mike: Xxl” opening Wednesday and holdovers “Jurassic World” and ‘Inside Out” still going strong, there should be plenty of fireworks at the box office over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Think of the four movies as Roman candles — all expected to land in the $50 million range for the five days — with fuses lit at the same time. One will burn a little hotter and faster than the others, and skyrocket higher than the others. “We have a good shot,” said Dan Fellman, »
- Todd Cunningham
Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to reinvigorate his faltering film career this holiday weekend by breaking out a certain cyborg’s trademark sunglasses and leather jacket.
Paramount’s “Terminator: Genisys,” which finds Schwarzenegger back in his star-making role, is on track to debut to between $50 million to $55 million over its first five days of release and should pull in $30 million to $35 million over the July 4th weekend. The fifth film in the Terminator series debuts Wednesday across 3,700 locations. It looks at ongoing fallout from Skynet’s ill-conceived forays into artificial intelligence, following human resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) on another time-bending adventure. Reviews have been lukewarm, with critics handing the film a 38% rotten ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.
The “Terminator” series has »
- Brent Lang
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
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
**Spoilers Ahead If You Haven't Seen The Terminator: Genisys Trailers** If you're one of the people who has managed to go to a movie theater in the past couple of months and not see a trailer for "Terminator Genisys," congratulations, because you're one of the few that hasn't had the movie spoiled. There have been many complaints in the run up to the release of the movie about Paramount's campaign that has given away some key character and plot twists, and director Alan Taylor wants to make it clear that he wasn't intending audiences to know some of this stuff before they sat down with a tub of popcorn. Read More: Watch: Arnold Schwarznegger Faces An Interrogation In 'Terminator: Genisys' Clip Plus New Featurettes And TV Spots "I certainly directed those scenes with the intention that no one would know," Taylor told Uproxx. "One of my favorite moments — and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Terminator: Genisys is set in 2029, a time in which the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes. When John Connor sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, he finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past. He is faced with a new T-800 terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), new enemies, and a new mission: To reset the future... Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-hun Lee, Courtney B. Vance, and J.K. Simmons, Terminator Genisys hits theaters July 1st! »
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
Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genisys opens nationwide on July 1st, but you'll be able to catch screenings of the film as early as 7pm tomorrow. For those of you keen on checking out Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to Cyberdyne form, there is a little added incentive to see it in IMAX. A 5-minute preview of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation will screen before the film, giving you the largest and longest look yet... Read More »
- Sean Wist
One of the most famous lines uttered by Arnold Schwarzenegger's murder-powered cyborg is "I'll be back." And on July 1, the T-800 will once again be true to his word when "Terminator: Genisys" hits theaters.
The fifth "Terminator" movie aims to robo-punch you right in the nostalgia center, much like "Jurassic World" did, with its twisty, time-travel story that pays homage to the franchise's first two films (while completely, and wisely, ignoring the existence of meh entries "Rise of the Machines" and "Salvation.")
To prepare you for another trip to the land of Skynet, here are all the things you need to know about "Genisys," which picks up where James Cameron's original 1984 film left off.
1. It's a Reboot. »
- Drew Taylor
"...the final battle would not be fought in the future. It would be fought here, in our present. Tonight..."
You can tell a lot about how effective a movie scene is by watching it again with the sound turned off. Stripped of its dialogue, sound effects and music, can the sequence still communicate its message?
James Cameron's The Terminator, blessed though it is with a superb score by Brad Fiedel and numerous quotable lines, could work almost as well as a silent movie. So much of Cameron's feature debut (discounting Piranha II: The Spawning, from which he was fired after just two weeks) is told through body language and skilful shot composition.
Watch The Terminator's opening again without sound, and you'll see just how effective and lean its visual storytelling is. »
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in "Terminator Genisys," but he's the only one from the original franchise. There's a new Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke of "Game of Thrones"), John Connor (Jason Clarke of "Zero Dark Thirty") and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney of "A Good Day to Die Hard.")
But where are the stars who've played these roles in previous films? Interestingly enough, there's a "Terminator" thread that connects them even in other projects (such as Emilia Clarke taking over the role from a "Game of Thrones" costar), almost as if it were ... fate. (Yes, of course there's no fate but what we make.)
Here's what the previous cast and crew have been up to since their "Terminator" days. »
- Sharon Knolle
Sneak Peek more new footage from "Terminator Genisys", the first film in a rebooted "Terminator" movie trilogy, connecting to director James Cameron's "T2", starring Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger:
"...in 'Terminator Genisys', a 'Terminator' is sent back in time to when 'Sarah Connor' was a child...
"...and rescues her from another Terminator sent to kill her and her parents.
"...destroying the Terminator from the first movie before it can begin its search for her.
"However, a 'T-1000' is sent in its place to hunt down Sarah and 'Kyle Reese', who must work alongside the aged T-800...
"...to stop both a new T-800 and T-1000 from changing the past...
"...as well as 'John Connor' himself, who has been transformed into a 'nano-hybrid' Terminator T-3000 sent to kill them as well. »
- Michael Stevens
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. Terminator: Genisys will feature: Director: Alan Taylor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the original T-800 Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor »
Time is a strange thing. Scientists say a watch travelling in a jet will experience time more slowly than the same watch in a tug boat. It won't slow the watch down - it literally experiences time differently. Speed affects time, basically. Which probably explains why Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of those very rare films that feels long, but is never boring. Time slows down for it because it moves so fast.
It's also very much a product of its time. Terminator 2 is a violent film, made in a violent period of history. According to James Cameron, the Rodney King beating didn't just take place near the biker bar they shot Arnie's opening scenes in, it happened on a night Terminator 2 was filming. There's something too eerie about that story for it not to be true. After all, what was more prescient in 1991 than the sight of an »
With Terminator: Genisys hitting theaters next week, Arnold Schwarzenegger is making the publicity rounds promoting the sequel/reboot, and that means he’s getting questions about future projects that we already know are in the works. One of those projects is Schwarzenegger’s return to his epic character Conan The Barbarian, in a new film called The Legend of Conan. […]
The post Arnold Schwarzenegger Gives New Details on ‘Legend of Conan’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
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