Warning: this article contains spoilers for Terminator Genisys.
Have you ever come away from a trailer for a new release wondering why you should even bother watching the film? This is what fans are saying about the just released trailer for Terminator Genisys. At 166 seconds, the Terminator Genisys trailer is certainly long enough to give viewers that feeling of seeing the film without having seen it, but that’s not what has Terminator fans grumbling.
In those 166 seconds, there are two major Terminator Genisys reveals that could have (and probably should have) waited for the actual release of the film. This may not be a big deal to moviegoers new to the Terminator franchise, but for most fans, these two spoilers will really put dampen the moviegoing experience.
First, and probably most shocking of all, we learn that John Connor (Jason Clarke) is actually a bad guy. What? Yes, he’s been manipulated in some way by the machines and is now one of the enemies of his mother, Sarah Connor and her Terminator guardian. As the Terminator Genisys trailer nears its halfway mark, John Connor reveals that he’s not quite a man and not quite a machine.
That brings us to the second reveal. Terminator Genisys pits terminator against terminator, or more accurately, old Arnold Schwarzenegger against young Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator franchise has always tried to be an innovator in the use of special effects and CGI effects in particular, so it should come as no surprise to see an actor facing his younger self in this unique Terminator Genisys showdown.
As a whole, Terminator Genisys seems to be doing more here than providing an entertaining sequel. The appearance of John Connor in Terminator Genisys as an antagonist seems to be moving the overall plot away from all that has been said in previous Terminator installments.
This should come as no surprise to Sarah, who has always taught her son that “there’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.”
It seems Terminator Genisys is setting fans up for an entirely new Terminator franchise, rebooting the series from within the original storyline. Could John Connor be the forerunner of a new hybrid breed of terminators, essentially taking Skynet’s place as the big bad in the Terminator universe. The Terminator Genisys trailer certainly implies that this is now a three-way fight and that all bets are off as far as who will emerge as the victor.