“I’ll be back” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator, 1984
Those famous three words have become iconic now as one of the best lines of all time. It’s also the line that describes Schwarzenegger as he returns to the film series that made him a mega-star. For the first time since 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Arnold puts the exo-skeleton on under his skin and goes to war again.
In Terminator Genisys, it’s the year 2029. John Connor (Jason Clarke) continues his war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John’s fears of the unknown future begin to emerge as TECOM spies reveal a new plot by Skynet to attack Connor from two fronts: past and future.
To protect the future and the impending victory against Skynet, Connor sends trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back through time to save his mother’s life and ensure his existence. However, what he finds in the past is not what he expected. After being orphaned at age nine by a Terminator, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones) has been brought up by another Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) programmed to protect her. He has trained her to face her destiny, which she rejects.
After the failed attempt of a new trilogy from Terminator: Salvation and the sale of the franchise, this new film feels like it’s putting the franchise back on track. Salvation was not the best installment in the series so a reboot makes sense. Looking at this preview, there are elements of the first two films in this new one. The T-1000 has returned with a new look (Sorry, Robert Patrick). Sarah Connor is not the scared woman we saw in the original but represented the female solider of Judgment Day. I will say that it is cool to see the time machine actually at work in the future and not just see the naked traveler come into the past.
It’s clear that the rules have changed in the Terminator series.
Terminator Genisys blasts into theaters July 1, 2015