Alright, I thought, since I end up doing these kinds of “quick analysis” kind of conversations with friends of mine anyhow, (and since I love sharing upcoming videos and everything on my feeds anyway), I might as well try this out and see what comes of it.
I’m not really a huge fan of “react” videos, just because I don’t much enjoy having someone else talking over the trailer as I’m trying to watch it, but let me jot some thoughts, anyhow.
“Come with me if you want to reboot.”
Well, it looks like the T-800 bought a ticket to X-Men: Last Stand, and quickly said to itself, “That’s how I’ll be back.”
The Terminator franchise has been a very popular (and lucrative) one over the years, owing in no small part to the ever precise and robotic performance of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Myself, I’m really with the majority consensus that says the series really “peaked” with Judgment Day, but I still enjoyed War of the Machines, and the scrappy, overblown and practical effects laden action scenes.
(Then again, I seem to ALWAYS like scrappy, overblown, and practical effects laden action scenes – Which is why I have an unrequited love for the Expendables movies, except for the third one, which just wasn’t up to par. Different topic for a different day.)
Alright. With my personal biases on the table, let’s talk Genisys trailer.
First off, the recasting of John Connor for the fourth time. Good idea, I think. One of the most interesting things to me is how this film is apparently looking to wash the taste of Salvation out of the collective Terminator psyche. While the main characters of that film are both featured in Genisys, placing Connor firmly into the background and centering things back on Sarah seems like a great start.
(Anyone else think it’s randomly interesting that we’ve Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke in the same film? Both Malcolm and Daenerys will do a great job, I’m sure, but Clarke and Clarke as mother and son. How random.)
I also hope that we get to find out where Connor got those sweet badass face-scars. Did a T-800 rip off the side of his face or something?
Alright, so we’ve got Reese going back in time to “save” Sarah again, a la the first film, but this time something else has happened, so the timeline is all screwy, and Sarah is basically in the same role as John Connor was in Terminator 2, with her very own vintage walking, talking, death-machine Arnold father-figure, who apparently gets to take a shotgun to the mint-box model who nakedly arrives. (Though, that could just be clever editing misdirection – We never see the T-800 actually shoot its counterpart in the trailer.)
In any case, that’s the basic plot, then – Reese gets sent back in time to a history that’s different than the one in the first movie, because of some kind of new timeline created by the “Old” T-800 having arrived and raised Sarah.
The rest of the trailer is random exposition dialogue thrown over even cooler action shots, so let’s talk about the shots.
The T-1000 self-mutilation javelin – Awesome. While there’s certainly going to be plenty of CGI with the liquid metal effects, the blend of practical throughout even just that small sequence is a good sign of that scrappy look that Terminator needs.
T-800 caretaking and self-examination – Some of the most interesting scenes in Judgment Day are a young John Connor trying to teach humanity to a killing machine. (“I swear I will not kill anyone.”) The T-800s can learn and adapt, but doesn’t seem as prone to self-introspection as the short moment at 1:51 would indicate.
Of course, throughout the series, the T-800 has lost limbs, performed self-repairs and the like, but here it looks as if it’s actively contemplating something, which seems new. Might the age of this specific machine have allowed it to develop more of a personality beyond just a blunt machine?
It’s an interesting thought, and an extension of the ideas that were brought up in T2 about the soul within the machine.
The action continues with more scenes, including a straight-up Dark Knight trailer flip copy with a bus on the Golden Gate. Not so sure about the physics on that one, as it looks like the bus hit a van and then flipped straight over. Kind of a weird cut, but whatever.
Other effects look awesome. The practical nature of it all just looks great. Plenty of grit, which is awesome. Chase scenes, destruction, guns, explosions… All the things that one should expect from a Terminator movie.
Plus, the ending of Arnold diving face-first into a helicopter is straight-up badass.
Overall, I’m pretty excited about this. The movie looks like a good kind of reboot, and an interesting way to extend the series that seems like a logical extension of the series mythos. Obviously, we’ll see how it goes, but I’m onboard. Back to the grit, back to basics, and based around what looks to be a good setup and characters.
So, come July 2015, let’s go watch T-800 vs T-1000 part two. Cause apparently, this time, it’s personal. Lol.