'Terminator: Genisys' TV Spots, Clip & Poster: Whatever's Going On Is Complicated

Terminator: Genisys - Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger

[SPOILERS ahead for Terminator: Genisys.]


Paramount Pictures' marketing for Terminator: Genisys has the odd distinction of having maybe given too much away about the upcoming soft reboot (or "re-invention", as it's been called) of the Terminator franchise - but having also not shed much light on the movie's plot. Specifically, there are now multiple trailers/TV spots and posters that've revealed one of the movie's big twists - where grown-up John Connor (Jason Clarke) becomes a cyborg antagonist part-way through the story - yet the mechanics of the Genisys narrative remain a mystery.

The above Genisys TV spot is a good example of this - it features an appearance by robo-Connor, but only scratches the surface of what Sarah Connor's (Emilia Clarke) claim that "Everything's changed" really means. Basically, we know what the premise for the film is - Kyle Reese (now played by Jai Courtney) travels back to a parallel version of the 1984 setting featured in James Cameron's original Terminator movie - but what leads to (and results from) that setup is less clear.

It's also difficult to tell whether or not we'll be getting a lot of Inception-style expository dialogue in Genisys, with certain characters (like Sarah Connor) quickly explaining to other people (like J.K. Simmons, featured in the below TV spot for the film) what's happening at any given moment . Then again, Reese's line in the following clip might be the better harbinger of what to expect in Genisys - namely, a number of sequences where characters tell the confused people around them: stop asking question and instead focus on defeating whatever killer robot is after them at any given moment.

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