After the major trailer releases of Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens last week, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions did the right thing and waited until this week to release the first trailer for the latest Terminator movie titled Terminator: Genisys. Well the wait is over and after the short teaser yesterday, the first full-length trailer has arrived! And I’ve got to say, it might have everything of a classic Terminator movie.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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 (Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (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 (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.
Twist No. 1? 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.
If you’ve been reading my past Terminator posts, you know that I have been somewhat iffy on this one so far, not because of the cast or director but because of the direction it’s taking. But I’ll admit it, it looks pretty freaking awesome. It felt like a Terminator movie, and it just felt like straight fun. It isn’t the original or T2 by any stretch, but this can easily get this franchise back on track, and I sure as hell hope it does.
From this trailer, it’s unknown how much we’ll get of Jason Clarke’s John Connor, but I do hope it’s a lot because the guy is great. Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese has always been an iffy choice for many people, but this looks like it could be a break-out for him. More emotion, more expression, something we haven’t seen from him as of yet. And Emilia Clarke, of Emilia Clarke! She is freaking awesome! Unfortunately many will compare her to Linda Hamilton because they are both Sarah Connor, and more than likely she won’t be able to live up to what Hamilton brought to the character. But my oh my, she might be pretty darn close to it. She looks like a kick-ass, exciting, and very much different kind of Sarah Connor – something we haven’t seen out of Clarke yet as we only know her as Khaleesi from Game of Thrones. This role will definitely bring out more in her – I’m excited to see Courtney’s Kyle Reese and Clarke’s Sarah Connor together and bouncing off each other. And finally, there’s Arnold! He is back to his storied franchise (in two roles), this time keeping his age while keeping the ass kicking. I’m excited to see what kind of T-800 they brought to the table this time.
I just have one issue with the trailer, is it just me or is that background music the exact beat the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailers played to? As soon as I heard it, I was thinking about Apes on Horses instead of Terminator. It may just be in my head – comment below with your thought!
Terminator: Genisys is set to open on July 1st, 2015. Directed by Alan Taylor and written by James Cameron starring Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Byung-hun Lee, Aaron V. Williamson, and Courtney B. Vance.