The Terminator franchise has seen a steady decline since 1991 when James Cameron last found himself behind the camera for Terminator 2: Judgement Day. While Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation were both generally reviled by fans in their own right, Terminator: Genisys saw the quality of the series reach a new low.
If you've been having trouble putting everything wrong with the film into words, fret not. A new trailer has hit the web that perfect spells out the film's flaws.
Screen Junkies has released a new 'Honest Trailer' for Terminator: Genisys to their YouTube account. Poking fun at everything from the film's sanitized PG-13 rating to Jai Courtney's acting, to its own spoiler-filled trailer -- which pretty much ruined any chance the movie had of surprising audiences. At certain points they even use side-by-side shot comparisons of Terminator: Genisys and The Terminator to highlight the sequel's lazy filmmaking techniques.
Honest Trailers have become a fairly popular web series over the last few years, tackling films both classic and new. While some of them skewer popular movies in a playful, lighthearted manner, this trailer has no such objective; Screen Junkies hold nothing back -- tearing the film apart without mentioning a single redeeming quality. The channel did a video poking fun at Mad Max: Fury Road earlier this year, in which they take time to emphasize just how much better George Miller's two-hour car chase was compared to Genisys.
Filmmakers should look to fan commentary such as these Honest Trailers, because they effectively consolidate many of the gripes that most fans had about the film. In roughly four and a half minutes the trailer offers a list of issues with the film, as well as how to bring it back to its former glory. These potential solutions include: bringing back the R-rating, less convoluted explanations of time travel, and honoring the material which came before it while not entirely relying on it.
Then again, considering Terminator: Genisys performed remarkably well at the Chinese box office -- and made the majority of its money overseas -- the filmmakers may opt to keep things the way they are for any future sequels.
Source: Screen Junkies