It’s finally here. The fifth installment of the time-spanning, explosion-dealing Terminator franchise hits theaters next year with a chrome-colored bang, and we now finally have a good idea of what Terminator: Genisys is going to look like. Let me warn you now, your mileage will vary with this. Enjoy.
I’m certain you guys heard me groan when Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 tells Sarah Connor, “I’ll be back.” But I admit that I immediately got excited to see that he was basically using himself as artillery in trying to take out a helicopter. There are a lot of things one can do in an action movie, but there aren’t a lot of flicks that can pull off using its main characters as a projectile.
But let’s go back for a sec. Jason Clarke is John Connor, a scar-faced rebel leading a pack of warriors against the dreaded Skynet and its machine-filled apocalypse mongering. We get to see some fairly generic war stuff, a bunch of explosions, and things happening all around the globe. Luckily, there is ONE MAN who can probably save the world: Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), who gets naked and hops into one of the biggest time machines I’ve ever seen in a movie.
Only wait, he’s not going back to save a damsel in distress or anything. Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) has lived her life in the educational shadow of the original T-800 that flipped his pre-programmed script and decided to become a good guy. They “took care” of that other threat that came back to stop them. And how cool was it to see old buff Arnold heading towards young buff Arnold? This trialer doesn’t overwhelm me, but I’m extremely intrigued to see how some of the paradoxes and changes are put into play.
Now let’s talk about that big baddie, played by I Saw the Devil‘s Lee Byung-hun. He’s a T-1000 that is able to use his body in damned near any way imaginable. He creates javelin blades with his hands and grows on top of the hood of a car. (Okay, so I guess there are more ways to imagine this power working.) For my money, he looks just as terrifying as Robert Patrick’s nightmarish T-1000 from Terminator 2. We’ll see if I still think that once the credits roll.
But seriously, that school bus stunt is fucking dumb.
What did you guys think of the first Terminator: Genisys trailer? The film hits theaters on July 1, 2015.