‘Terminator Genisys’ Trailer: The Franchise’s Old Continuity Gets Terminated
The last Terminator Genisys trailer was so convoluted and confusing that ScreenCrush editor Mike Sampson and I spent an entire piece trying to figure out the plot of the film. (We were not successful, either.) At the very least, the new Genisys spot makes things a bit clearer. Right off the bat they also reveal one significant plot twist: John Connor (Jason Clarke) has been mechanized by Skynet and the evil computers of the future, and sent back in time to kill his mother Sarah (Emilia Clarke). Also, I just realized that Sarah and John Connor are played in this film by two actors with the same last name. Which, whoa. And, of course, there’s also Arnold Schwarzenegger back as the T-800, but this time he’s an older model who’s Sarah Connor’s protector. How and why remains to be seen, but hey, that’s why you’ve got to buy a ticket. To figure out how a robot can age and learn to a be a good guy who smiles awkwardly. (Very awkwardly.)
Generally, I’m digging this trailer a whole lot more than the last one. It’s a lot clearer, there’s no obnoxious “YAH! YAH! YAH!” soundtrack, and the effects, particularly on the Clarkinator, look really cool. I’m still unsure about Jai Courtney as future savior Kyle Reese, and we still don’t know how Matt Smith factors into any of this, but I feel like now people at least won’t give me strange looks when I say I’m really excited for this film. Terminator Genisys opens in theaters on July 1.