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Terminator: Genisys has taken a lot of heat from movie fans since its release late last week – but is it really deserved?
Regardless of criticism, the fifth film in the storied Terminator franchise is still the third best movie in the series to date. And while that might be setting the bar low considering how disappointing Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation were, it’s still something to consider.
Something else to consider is that fans tend to view the series through rose tinted glasses; if you go back and watch The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day today, they’re certainly not the greatest films of all time, or even close to it. They’re fun action movies, not untouchable pinnacles of the craft.
What they are, frankly, is smart action films with a sci-fi twist and a decent handling of time travel, a »
- Jay Anderson
We discussed at length yesterday, Not All Sequels Are Created Equal & Not Every Hit Movie Deserves To Be A Franchise, but as we know, Hollywood is always looking for new ways to put a fresh spin on ideas that might seem completely worn out. This past week, "Terminator Genisys" flopped into cinemas, with even the director admitting the internal logic of the timeline warping reboot of sorts, wasn't easy to follow. However, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been stumping hard for the sequel, dismissing "Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines" and especially "Terminator Salvation," with the narrative being that 'Genisys' is the true followup to "Terminator 2: Judgement Day." And while the quality of 'Genisys' is certainly debateable, Arnie is quite aware of the pitfalls of followups. Taking part in a Reddit Q&A following a screening of 'Genisys,' the actor was asked about the brewing "Predator" reboot that Shane Black will write and. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Before we get to the newcomers over this Fourth of July box office weekend, we must acknowledge the holdovers. It was a tight race between Jurassic World and Pixar's Inside Out, but in the end the animated family-feature narrowly edged out the genetically modified dinosaurs for the top spot. With $29.7 million, Inside Out bested Jurassic World by just over $500,000, stealing what would have been a fourth weekend at #1 and what would have been Universal's second film of the year to repeat at #1 four times in a row after Furious 7. Winning four weekends in a row isn't an easy feat, doing it twice in one year is even more impressive considering the last time it happened was 2012 when The Hunger Games pulled the fourpeat and, before that, it was The Dark Knight in 2008. Jurassic World is now at $556.5 million domestically and it's just a matter of time before it bests »
- Brad Brevet
For the fourth weekend in a row, Universal's box office juggernaut Jurassic World has taken the top spot at the box office with an estimated $30.9 million. Jurassic World has currently taken in $558.1 million domestically and $826.9 million internationally for a global take of $1.3 billion after just four weeks in theaters. The movie is currently the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time domestically, behind Marvel's The Avengers' $623.3 million, and fifth highest-grossing movie globally, behind Furious 7's $1.5 billion take.
Inside Out finished in second place for the third weekend in a row, taking in $30.1 million. The Pixar movie has taken in $246.1 million domestically and $363.4 million worldwide in its three weeks in release. Coming in third place is the new release Terminator Genisys, which took in $28.7 million over the three-day weekend, and $44.7 million since its release on Wednesday, July 1. The movie suffered from a rash of negative movie reviews, amassing just a 27% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, »
Americans apparently had better things to do this Fourth of July weekend than watch Arnold Schwarzenegger fight himself: Terminator Genisys, which has received pretty dour reviews, had a disappointing five-day weekend, pulling in $28.7 million domestic, and a bit more than $44 million worldwide, coming in third at the box office. Despite James Cameron’s unrepentant praise for the film, over five days the movie still failed to beat Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’s three-day gross. Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day made a killing in 1991, breaking the five-day record and becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Rise of the Machines remains one of the 20 highest-grossing R-rated films worldwide.Jurassic World, meanwhile, made more money on top of its already ginormous amount of money, devouring another $43.8 million. With a $558.1 million domestic haul so far, it’s the highest-grossing film of the year, and one of the »
- Greg Cwik
Before we get to the newcomers over this Fourth of July box office weekend, we must acknowledge the four-time king, Jurassic World, the second film this year to top the weekend four times in a row. Even happier news for Universal Pictures is the other film to do so was also one of theirs, Furious 7, which topped the box office over the course of the entire month of April. Winning four weekends in a row isn't an easy feat, doing it twice in one year is even more impressive considering the last time it happened was 2012 when The Hunger Games pulled the fourpeat and, before that, it was The Dark Knight in 2008. Jurassic World managed the top spot by narrowly edging out Inside Out by a mere $800,000 so this might not be over yet as the dinos pulled in $30.9 million compared to Pixar's $30.1 million. Now we wait and see »
- Brad Brevet
Billed as a return to the spirit of James Cameron’s original films, this reboot lacks smartness and wit
Marginally better than Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines or Terminator: Salvation but still light years short of either The Terminator or Terminator 2: Judgment Day, this utterly unnecessary (if occasionally entertaining) fifth instalment takes us back to 1984, where history is being rewritten once again. Revisiting the events of James Cameron’s original movie(s), Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is sent spinning through time to protect mother-of-the-revolution Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from termination by a T-800 killing machine. But the past isn’t what it used to be – Sarah is no longer a waitress but already a warrior, Kyle is behind the times when it comes to foreseeing the future, and Arnie’s iconic cyborg winds up locked in battle with his ageing self who is (he tells us repeatedly) “old, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Jurassic World and Inside Out are still grappling for 1st place over the three-day Fourth of July frame, with World just slightly ahead, estimating $30.9M to Inside's $30.1M. If World prevails it will be the dino-flick's fourth three-day weekend at #1. What Universal does appear to be conceding, however, with a "you can have it" air, is that the Disney/Pixar film is likely the winner of the five-day Fourth of July frame. Though it's still a tight race Disney is claiming victory for the full holiday domestic frame with Inside Out making $45.3M (4,158 venues) to Jurassic World's $43.8M (3,737 venues). Universal is also reporting that Jurassic World will pass $550M in domestic grosses this weekend. Adding another milestone to its marble bag of records that's the fastest*in 24 days*any film has reached the $550M mark. World added $42M in overseas coin, raising its international total to $826.9M. Combined with »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
[Originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Deadly Magazine] There is a scene 75 minutes into 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in which James Cameron pinpoints the humanity amidst all the time travel, liquid metal and state-of-the-art special effects. Young John Connor (Edward Furlong) is bonding with the T-800 machine assigned to protect him (Arnold Schwarzenegger), by teaching him how to high five. The moment is designed to underscore the father/son dynamic between John and the Terminator, as well as provide a visual symbol of the hope for mankind – that we are able to co-exist alongside technology. And, if we’re reading even more deeply, that we can still master it.
A great deal of Terminator 2’s running time is devoted to the connection between John and Schwarzenegger’s T-800. However, it’s telling that the most poignant shot – the one that says the most about their relationship – is from the perspective of John’s mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton »
- Patrick Bromley
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Terminator Genisys is now in theatres, and the franchise’s legion of fans are debating whether the wait for another entry in the once great series was worth it.
After all, the last two outings, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation were, by all accounts, very disappointing films. So, was a fifth instalment really necessary? And, more importantly, was there ever any chance that it was going to be as memorable as the original and its sequel?
Unfortunately for fans of all things Skynet, reviews are indicating that Terminator Genisys just isn’t up to par. Critics haven’t been too kind to the film so far, with our own Sam Woolf saying the following in his review:
It’s incredible that a film with this many explosions and this much CG mayhem can still be so dreadfully boring, but as with the Terminators themselves, »
- Matt Joseph
If the sequel was a late 20th century phenomenon, ushered into being thanks to the likes of James Bond, The Godfather and Planet Of The Apes, then the soft reboot is a peculiar product of the 21st.
Unlike a conventional remake or reboot, which often abandon characters, plots and settings in favour of an entirely new approach, the soft reboot is less drastic. Jj Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie is a prime example; it casts new actors in the roles of the Original Series’ famous roster of characters - Chris Pine replacing William Shatner as Kirk, Zachary Quinto replacing Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and so on - and sends them »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? Revisit the entire Terminator franchise in 10 minutes, learn which superhero is the most toxic, and watch Paul Rudd fart his way through an Ant-Man interview. We even have Stephen Colbert taking over a Michigan cable access show, where he interviews Eminem. And Giant Robot Wars! So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Press junkets can be tedious affairs, for both the press and talent involved, but mostly for the talent, who are forced to spend an entire day listening to, largely, the exact same questions over and over again. During the Ant-Man junket last weekend, Paul Rudd decided to "spice" things up »
From 1984’s sci-fi classic The Terminator, through seminal 1991 action movie Terminator 2 and the disappointing T3, all the way up to the middling Terminator Salvation and Genisys, the Terminator franchise has had its share of ups and downs. It’s gone from James Cameron, to Jonathan Mostow and – oh god – McG, from Schwarzenegger in his prime to Schwarzenegger in old age, and from science fiction to action movie to war movie and back again.
As a result of the changing nature of the films, not to mention the various clashing egos that have come to work on them, the Terminator franchise is a saga that’s accumulated one of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. With the series having run for 31 years, that story’s also one of Hollywood’s farthest-reaching franchise tales.
And it all grew out of an idea of James Cameron’s that was originally rejected, by »
- Brogan Morris
With the holiday weekend approaching, Paramount Pictures has already unleashed Terminator: Genisys in theaters. It’s a mind-numbing, time travel action adventure that doesn’t measure up to the greatness of James Cameron’s The Terminator or T2: Judgment Day, but runs circles around Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation. But if you haven’t kept […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Director James Cameron's long-running franchise takes another dip in the sci-fi pool this week with Terminator: Genisys, which hopes to erase the memory of the last few entries, Terminator 3: Rise Of The MacHines and Terminator: Salvation, which didn't fare as well at the box office when compared to its predecesors. 1984's The Terminator and 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day are... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Ever since the release of 1991's groundbreaking visual effects spectacle "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," folks have been wondering and debating: is the sequel actually better than the original movie? Both have their defenders, though "T2" falls into that rare category of sequels ("The Godfather Part II," "Aliens," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Evil Dead II," "Spider-Man 2," et al.) that are generally upheld as either equal or superior to their predecessors. So which is the better movie? This week seems like the perfect time to re-hash the question. Will you vote for the lean, mean original or its bigger-budget, CGI-enhanced sequel? Hot tip: if you think "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is superior to both of those, please don't ever leave your house again. Vote below as if your future depended on it. »
- Chris Eggertsen
If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting a long time for the fifth “Terminator” film, which opens in theatres nationwide this Friday. Despite some pronounced fan outcry in response to alleged reconstruction of the franchise’s overall narrative and a lukewarm advance buzz (excluding, of course, the endorsement from original director James Cameron), there Are those of us who will buy a ticket on opening day because hey, it might… actually… be good? It’s been a while since the “Terminator” franchise has genuinely rocked our world: Jonathan Mostow’s so-so third film, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” has a pretty killer ending but is otherwise more serviceable then awesome. And of course, the less time spent talking about McG’s misbegotten “Terminator Salvation,” the better. But before us “Terminator” nerds get all worked up about this new installment, maybe it’s time we all took a »
- Nicholas Laskin
★★☆☆☆ It has been a problem that has plagued more than one studio in the past 24 years - how to continue The Terminator (1984) franchise after James Cameron's brace of sci-fi landmarks. So far, every attempt has, to some degree, been a failure - two films, Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines (2003) and Terminator Salvation (2009) were rejected by critics and public alike, while TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' cult status could not save it from cancellation after two seasons. Memories of the past still linger, however, and original star Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in the first of an intended new trilogy, Terminator Genisys (2015).
Jai Courtney takes on the role of Kyle Reese, loyal soldier of John Connor (Jason Clarke) sent back to 1984 to save Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from the Terminator (Schwarzenegger). What he finds on arrival is a very different situation- a tougher Sarah Connor, raised by »
- CineVue UK
Terminator Genisys, 2015
Directed by Alan Taylor
John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be.
Terminator Genisys was always going to struggle. Not only was it going to be a franchise sequel to what many believe is the cornerstone of both the action and science fiction genres, but it also had a rough ride in the early days of its marketing campaign. The announcement of its misspelled title was met with much amusement and mockery from the Internet and its first trailer received nothing but puzzled faces, cocked slightly to the left while mouthing the word, “what?”. But it’s not because it’s a sequel/reboot/reset to the Terminator franchise that Terminator Genisys fails. »
- Luke Owen
With Terminator Genisys out in UK cinemas tomorrow (July 2), there's no better time to look back at some of the lesser known facts about the franchise that turned Arnie into a superstar.
1. James Cameron found himself in director jail in the early '80s having been fired from Piranha II. Unsure if he'd ever be able to sit behind the camera again, he sold off his Terminator script for $1 in exchange for the rights to direct it.
2. Mel Gibson and Oj Simpson were initially considered for the role of The Terminator before Arnold Schwarzenegger landed the part. Arnie had in fact originally met with director Cameron to discuss playing Kyle Reese before being cast as the T-800.
3. The Terminator's iconic line "I'll be back" was originally scripted as "I'll come back" (something that rolled »
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