Very quick post just to shout “I’m so excited!!!!”
I love the Terminator franchise and I don’t mind confessing as a Schwarzenegger fan. For me the first two movies both deserve their place in movie history and helped define robot sci-fi as we know it. Although it was nowhere near the same calibre I can happily watch the third instalment “Rise of the Machines” purely because of Arnolds turn as the iconic T-800.
And then for me it all went wrong. I know people can argue the merits of each instalment all day long but for me personally Terminator: Salvation is the one I wish had never been made. Christian Bale’s growly voiced take on John Connor, what I like to call “Batman John”, was just horribly embarrassing but then I never understood the rational for the movie. Why bin James Cameron’s original dark vision of the future and instead transport the action to a brightly lit desert setting where terminators only conveniently turn up in ones and two’s? And don’t get me started on the horrendous T-800 animatronic that appeared in the final sequence!
Salvation ruined it for me because the vision that James Cameron had originally painted for us was all but obliterated as others took the helm and tried to share a new version of events. I didn’t get the plot, it was too convoluted, and I’m pretty sure shot full of holes. Aside from a few key plot points it just wasn’t a Terminator movie.
And so it starts again with the aptly named “Genisys“. Arnie is back! (pun intended) and at this point I’ll cut him a lot of slack because for those in my generation (35 – 40 year olds) we kind of grew up with him, through the gems and the lemons. Thankfully the trailer looks promising. I daresay there will be a riot online as people argue the decision to reset the timeline but the visuals leave no doubt Cameron’s original vision is back. The future sequences paint the dark frightening future we glimpsed in the first film and in this future I don’t think it matters who plays John Connor. It’s not clear from the trailer whether we have to let slide the fact that Kyle Reese is now played by Jai Courtney or whether his time jump to our era is out of sequence from the events of The Terminator. I thought on first viewing that they were recreating the original jump made by Michael Bien with a straight actor switch but then the cars and settings implied it to be more naughties than 1980’s so maybe the timeline had already been changed.
Whatever, I’ll let it go, because visually it looks promisingly close to the original vision. Arnie looks good, certainly younger than in other recent films like The Last Stand. I’m guessing heavy work outs and help from makeup have assisted in the process but I really hope he enjoyed returning to a franchise that is genuinely his. There are a lot of visuals in the film that link strongly with the original movie (giant balls of time machine light anyone), and the plot obviously has strong links even though it looks set to forge a new path for future Terminator movies. Sit back and enjoy the build up.
Oh and did I mention I’m excited?