Photo credit: Melinda Sue Gordon
USA Release Date: July 1st
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee, JK Simmons
Director: Alan Taylor
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Kandy Rating: 4 out of 5 Sarah Connors
He’s back! And, once again Arnold is defending Sarah Connor. But, what if that is all that remains the same from the previous Terminator movies. In a complete twist to the story-lines we have come accustomed to, the producers of Terminator Genisys reset the characters using time travel as it pertains to the future, past and the present.
Try to keep up with the timelines with us here. In this film’s current day, 2029, the resistance rallies, and believe they have conquered Skynet, only to discover that the machines have launched their version of a fail-safe—the first tactical time displacement weapon, sending a Terminator back in time to kill Sarah Connor before she has a chance to conceive and give birth to the future leader of the human resistance, John Connor. Per film producer David Ellison, “The 1984 that our characters travel back to has been altered since the original movie—events have transpired that have driven it in a completely different direction. Also those films were always set in present day, not in the future, not in the past. Ours bends that set-up. And so, through a series of events, our characters find themselves traveling forward to 2017 in an attempt to stop Judgment Day from ever happening.”
The filmmakers delved into their inner sci-fi geeks, with a fairly meticulous recreation of the initial sequence of Sarah Connor’s protector and father to John Connor Kyle Reese landing in 1984, down to the homeless man in the alley and the dog. Per producer Dana Goldberg, “Reese goes back as he did before, being told that Sarah Connor is a fairly helpless woman working as a waitress—she’ll have no idea what you’re talking about, but you’ll need to save her, even though she doesn’t believe. Then, not only is he greeted by a Terminator, which completely surprises and confuses him, but then Sarah arrives in a huge fashion, and it’s her character that has the famous line, ‘Come with me if you want to live.’”
The filmmakers promise us a point in time where, 2017, where all the important participants exist, a Sarah Connor, a Kyle Reese, a John Connor, and a Terminator. This ought to be interesting and more importantly, entertaining.