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terminator: genisys

Arguably, the Terminator franchise has been in a slump. After two classic and awesome films, the franchise has been having diminishing returns (at least critically). The last film, Terminator Genisys was the least receptive of all the films surrounding the war of mankind versus Skynet. So much, that the further sequels had been canceled after that film. Lucky for us, earlier this year, James Cameron announced that he would produce the new films, to give them his touch that has been desperately been missing in most of the sequels and even though Paramount Pictures wasn’t going to make future films, the franchise was in no way “terminated.” It looks like their franchise star actor is ready to return as well.

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The franchise could be coming back from the grave of mediocrity.Terminator: Genisys was released last year, plenty of fans considered it to be the official death of the Terminator franchise. Even with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role, Genisys still disappointed fans with its numerous plot holes, contradictions, and overall disregard for the franchise’s mythology. As if the cold reception from fans wasn’t bad enough, the film absolutely tanked at the domestic box office. Even an amazingly delicious burger at Red Robin couldn’t get more people to see it. Sure, it was able to find financial success overseas, but by then the damage was already done to the film’s reputation. The franchise indeed seems to be dead and buried, but its star begs to differ.

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He won’t be back. At least for now. Despite a healthy worldwide box office, the terrible reviews, fan hatred and poor domestic takings seem to have ended plans for a Terminator: Genisys sequel with Paramount announcing it is now pulled. To further the ignominy, it’s date has swiftly been filled by Baywatch, starring Zac Ephron. Terminator: Genisys was meant to be the start of a new Terminator trilogy with release dates already planned for parts 2 and 3. After opening to poor reviews and not even topping $90m in the US, it looks like not even a respectable worldwide haul can save the franchise. (more…)

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Hey Internet, do you like movies about ineffective robots that go back in time to muddled and defective plots riddled with holes? Then do we have a movie for you. Yes, Terminator Genisys is out and it is not good so we turned on the microphones and were unnecessarily harsh on ol’Arnie’s new movie. (Young Arnie was mostly saved from the rancor because he’s not really real.) (more…)

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It may not be doing Jurassic World business, but I’m sure that some of you, in spite of yourselves, have already seen Terminator: Genisys. You may have questions, like, how does Jai Courtney keep getting work? Or, why is the mean guy from Whiplash now more Mulder than Mulder? But seriously, there were a lot of left over questions from the film, presumably to encourage the audience to be proactive and ask so that we then start demanding a sequel. Mission: accomplished? Hard to say. I guess we’ll find out when the final box office numbers are tallied on Sunday afternoon, but if you’re one of those obsessive types that just can’t wait for answers, the Genisys screenwriters offer an answer. (more…)

There’s a scene in one episode of Community where Abed is analyzing a fight amongst the study group in the meta-contextual way only he can. As Abed explains the situation, as he sees it, Jeff cuts in infuriated and says, “Why do you have to take everything that happens to us, and shove it up its own ass?” (Or words to that effect.) That thought came to mind while watching Terminator: Genisys, the third attempt by directors who are not James Cameron, to find a way to continue a story that James Cameron so thoroughly and soundly concluded at the end of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. To its credit, Genisys does it better than either of the previous attempts, but it also proves that the idea is a fool’s errand. (more…)

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On Wednesday, Terminator: Genisys will try for the third time in 12 years to take James Cameron’s two-part sci-fi masterpiece The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and make a new, balls-to-the-wall summer action franchise out of it. The Terminator is a seminal work that served as one of the primary the inspirations for the cyberpunk movement, and without which other great films of the era like RoboCop, and The Matrix might not exist. T2 took the story, visual effects, and Cameron’s own directorial ambitions to the next level, while still being stylistically and substantively in line with the original. It remains an example that strongly argues that a sequel can surpass the original in creative and commercial goals.

Cameron said the story was done so far as he was concerned at the end of Judgment Day, and while a lot of series filmmakers change with every film, with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation, something else changed: Terminator was not the movie series it could have been, or should have been. Did the Terminator series flounder because James Cameron moved on to different things? Were the talents of the filmmakers subsequent to Cameron just not up to his caliber on even a basic level? Or did Cameron’s departure mark something more fundamental? Have all those other writers, producers and directors lost touch with what kind of movie The Terminator really is? (more…)

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Are you excited for Terminator Genisys? After being bit by Rise of the Machines and Salvation, it is easy to understand if your excitement for the upcoming sequel/reboot is a bit muted.  After James Cameron’s seal of approval, however, chances are that Terminator fans will be more than a bit happy with the new entry of the 30 year old franchise.  Even with Cameron’s (who wrote and directed the first two, i.e. the best, entries in the franchise) backing of the film, franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t resist drumming up some excitement for the flick in the best possible way. (more…)

James Cameron Offers Praise for ‘Terminator: Genisys’

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To say that fan expectations about the upcoming Terminator: Genisys have been mixed is something of an understatement. Obviously, we want it to be good, we’re hoping to be treated to another kick ass Terminator adventure, but after the two-time TKO of Rise of the Machines and Salvation, anything that has the word Terminator in it, but lacks the involvement of the original film’s co-writer and director James Cameron, is definitely suspect. And that’s probably why for this first Terminator: Genisys featurette, the production invited the King of the World to take a break from authoring the further adventures of Pandora with the Avatar sequels to tell us why he thinks Genysis is good enough. (more…)