It’s been six years since Terminator: Salvation debuted to disappointing box office returns and critical reception, and twelve since Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on screen as the Terminator in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Now, a new Terminator movie starring Schwarzenegger is about to hit theaters in the form of Terminator: Genisys – it’s sort of a retelling, a reboot, and a sequel all rolled into one.
We’ve seen a whole bunch of footage for Genisys at this point – trailers, featurettes, TV spots, and clips (maybe too much footage?) – and now we’ve got two more TV spots (above and below) for your viewing pleasure. Check them out.
The first spot is a brief (but pretty thorough) rundown of the overall plot of Genisys – a Terminator (Schwarzenegger) was sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) as a child, and he’s been raising her ever since. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) was also sent back in time to protect Connor, just like in the first movie, but when he arrives in the 1980s – unbeknownst to him – the timeline has completely changed. Together, Connor, Reese, and old man Terminator have to band together to fight the newest Terminator, a weird nanomachine-human hybrid who takes the form of John Connor, played by Jason Clarke.
The second spot mostly focuses on the newest iteration of the terminator (Clarke), and the impending battle between him/it and old Terminator (Schwarzenegger). “I can’t be bargained with,” Jason Clarke says in the preview. “I can’t be reasoned with. I don’t feel pity or fear. And I will not stop until the machines rule this world.”
This is a direct callback to a line from the 1984 Terminator, where Kyle Reese (as played by Michael Biehn) says to Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton): “Listen, and understand. That Terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”
Honestly, there’s something a little less elegant and frightening about the newer version of the line. “I will not stop until the machines rule this world” just doesn’t have that extra oomph that “it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead” had.
The new line of dialogue feels very emblematic of Genisys as a whole, actually. It’s a retelling of the original film with some very big, key differences, none of which – at least in this writer’s opinion – feel nearly as effective. The Internet so far seems to agree with that assertion, as the response to the marketing has been a bit tepid. Hence Paramount’s decision to blow the big twist of the film in a trailer and release a featurette with James Cameron promising fans that this Terminator sequel isn’t bad like all those other Terminator sequels were.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Are these TV spots doing it for you? Are you looking forward to Genisys? Drop us a line in the comments.
Terminator: Genisys hits theaters July 1st, 2015.