I’m sure that by now you have all seen, or at least read about, the new trailer for Terminator Genisys. The trailer has caused a little bit of a storm on the internet for two reasons. One, for its seeming abandon of the other films in the series, and two, for its heavy reliance on spoilers. After watching the trailer a number of times online, I have conflicting views about both the trailer and the film itself. On one hand, the heavy use of spoilers is annoying and could take away the impact it would have had in the cinema. On the other, I now have a more legitimate interest in the film, which I perhaps did not have before.
If you have not already seen the trailer for Terminator Genisys, then you can do so now. But be warned, if you want to see the film as cold as possible then I would advise against watching it and saving any surprises for its summer release.
Now that you’re up to speed, it would seem that the creators of Terminator Genisys have thrown quite the curveball our way. Previous trailers have already shown the new film will be messing with the subsequently established timeline. For example, Kyle Reese travels back to 1984 but instead of being welcomed by the LAPD, he is now chased by a T-1000 that is seemingly a few years early and a version of Sarah Connor who already knows who Kyle Reese is. Oh, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 is now a surrogate father to Sarah Connor?
I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that it all sounds a bit baffling at this point. Seemingly not content with confusing fans of the franchise enough, this latest “pay-off” trailer has brought to the fore an even more puzzling/interesting scenario. John Connor, son of Sarah and saviour of humanity, is now a Terminator and the big bad here. Quite how this has happened remains unclear, and is something that will hopefully stay unresolved until the film hits cinemas on 3 July. But, was this reveal necessary and in what way has it potentially harmed the films future success?
For me, my gut instinct is to avoid spoilers at any cost. No matter how small or insignificant one might seem, I do like to have all my surprises waiting for me when I sit down to watch a film. If I am interested in a film, I normally watch one, possibly two, trailers to build my excitement levels. This has been ingrained in me for years, but as a film fan and in my time reporting news for various outlets I have come across some spoilers that I would rather not have known about.
After watching the trailer for Terminator Genisys, I was surprised at having such a big plot twist revealed so soon, even to the point where I regretted having seen it. A similar plot device was used in Terminator Salvation, and was also something that had been used during the films marketing, which did indeed take away from the impact it could have had. Given that this is an, apparently, major reveal is there anything left for the film to show us when it is released in cinemas?
The optimist in me, would say yes, and also hopes that there is more to this than it being a Terminator masquerading as John Connor. I mean, how boring would that be? I also think the trailer may have awakened some people’s interest in the film as it is showing they are willing to take the series in a new direction. It is certainly something that people did not see coming and opens the franchise to a new array of ideas rather than relying on the same ones that made it successful.
In truth, I still have mixed feelings about this film. It’s a Terminator film, so I am naturally inclined to want to see it, but at the same time I feel that the franchise hit its high point with Terminator 2, and nothing the series has done since has topped what that film achieved. And while the spoiler revealed in the new trailer at first angered me, I do admit it has somewhat refreshed my appetite for this film. As always, I hold out hope that Terminator Genisys has some surprises left, and that it will be a turning point for the series.