Action-Packed 'Terminator: Genisys' Teaser Trailer Rewrites History

Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:50 Written by  iamrogue
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Action-Packed 'Terminator: Genisys' Teaser Trailer Rewrites History

The first teaser trailer for summer's Terminator: Genisys has time-traveled online, arriving buck-naked and ready for action.

These two and a half minutes are chock-full of familiar elements from the unkillable franchise, from the obvious repetition of lines like "Come with me if you want to live" or "I'll be back" to the escalation of signature chase scenes to a liquid metal bad guy to the future war against Skynet.

And, of course, it boasts the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is reintroduced killing a three-decades-younger version of the T-800 in a scene from James Cameron's original classic.

This trailer actually lays out the fifth installment's crazy reboot-but-also-a-sequel approach pretty cleanly.  See, it stars off how you'd expect, with John Connor leading the future war against robots in 2029 and sending Kyle Reese back in time to protect his mom.  For the first time, the actual time travel device is shown and Reese heads back to 1984, only to discover that the original timeline has been overwritten by all Skynet's time travel antics.

In this new timeline, Sarah Connor is already an unstoppable badass raised by a good guy T-800.  So Reese teams up with them to fight this new T-1000-style killer robot.  From the look of at least one action setpiece in the trailer, their efforts take them to the present, as well.

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) takes over as Sarah, with Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad) as Reese, Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as John Connor, Byung-hun Lee (GI Joe: Retaliation) as the liquid metal killer.  The cast also includes JK Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, and Matth Smith, who plays a mysterious ally of John's.

The focus of this trailer, however, stays right on the familiar, including yet another plan to avert Judgment Day:

It seems to be the whole idea, but this all feels a little repetitive, like they're straight out of the Terminator playbook but with oodles of CGI thrown in.

Some of the ideas that play laughably on paper, like Sarah being raised by a T-800 she calls "Pops" don't play too bad here.

"Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen," producer David Ellison recently explained. "But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, 'That's not what I want to do.' It's her decision that drives the story in a very different direction.”

Alan Taylor, the Game of Thrones alum who swam in a sea of CGI on Thor: The Dark World, directs here.  He's working from a screenplay by Drive Angry director Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis, who was a producer on Cameron's Avatar and even did uncredited work on that script.  Their take on Terminator is certainly rich in lore from previous movies, but will it also bring anything new to the table?  Other than an airborne T-800 using himself as a missile, that is. 

Time will tell.

Terminator: Genisys hits theaters on July 1, 2015.  It's intended to kick off an all-new trilogy, with sequels already scheduled for the summers of 2017 and 2018.

Oh and hey, here's a new Genisys poster as well:

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