The next installment of the Terminator franchise, the strangely titled Terminator: Genisys, doesn’t hit theaters until next summer, but it has already proven to be divisive among fans. From some of what we’ve seen and heard, this looks absolutely terrible; from other information, it sounds like it is going to be totally awesome. To be honest, we don’t really know much about the film, and no matter what, we’re pretty damn stoked about this one. Hell, they could show us Arnold Schwarzenegger bouncing around in a lavender tutu playing with hand puppets and we’d still be excited about a new Terminator movie. (I would watch the crap out of that actually.) The latest offering from Genisys is this new motion poster, and it definitely falls into the pretty damn awesome category. Check it out for yourself.
This poster serves as a kind of countdown until the main event tomorrow, when Paramount Pictures is going to release the first trailer for Genisys. Between that, Jurassic World, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s been a good run for trailers the last week or so. As a thing that exists in this world, motion posters usually leave me rather meh (so do most normal posters to be honest), but this one is creepy and ominous and badass.
It starts off with a black screen and the looming, skinless face of a T-800. That alone is enough to unsettle you, but add in that iconic, throbbing score, and the image crumbling to dust, and you’ve got something memorable. The way that the Terminator disintegrates, the remnants piling up like the sand in an hourglass, also drives home the idea of time that runs throughout these movies.
We don’t know a ton about Genisys, but everything we’ve heard indicates that there will be more actual time travel in play than in previous chapters. The plot, as we understand it, sounds similar to the other movies, at least on the surface, with John Connor once again sending Kyle Reese back in time to protect his mother, Sarah Connor. But with the constant fiddling with time, they have to go back farther and farther, and find a younger version of Sarah, who, in this film, has been raised by a rather shocking familiar face.
The last two films, Rise of the Machines and Salvation, failed to build on the popularity and success of James Cameron’s 1984 original and the mega-hit sequel Judgment Day, so we definitely hope that Genisys can fill this void. If successful, it is the first film in a proposed new trilogy, with the second and third films penciled in for 2017 and 2018 (in 2019 the rights revert back to Cameron).
Terminator: Genisys stars Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Matt Smith, and Lee Byung-hun, and opens everywhere July 1, 2015.