For everyone (including yours truly) that has doubts regarding the 5th installment in the ‘Terminator’ franchise, James Cameron has come along to assure us that this movie is definitely worth seeing. A lot of questions have been asked about the most recent addition to the series, as ‘Terminator Genisys‘ has promised to reboot the timeline, with new actors playing iconic characters, with the only link to the original films being the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the titular role. Combine that with the changes to the original timeline displayed in the trailers, the spoiler of a Terminator with the appearance of the future John Connor and the quality of the two films preceding ‘Genisys,’ and it is understandable why so many fans are skeptical.
But a recent featurette released with James Cameron might change a lot of opinions, as the man who started it all with ‘Terminator’ and ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day‘ has basically given his seal of approval to the film, calling it the third film of the series after seeing the completed film at an early screening. In his own words:
“I had no idea what to expect sitting down. I wasn’t involved in the making of the film. I didn’t direct it. I didn’t write it. I’m just a fanboy. I’m in a dark theater. The movie starts, and I start to see things that I recognize. It’s being very respectful of the first two films. Then all of a sudden, it just swerves, and now I’m going on a journey…I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance. You look at why the films became classics. They had characters that you like. In the new film – which in my mind I think of as the third film – we see Arnold take the character even farther. … The idea of taking John Connor and flipping him to the bad guy. It’s pretty cool because you’ve got to riff against expectations. It’s all about the twist.”
While it is true that it might just be a marketing ploy, there is good reason to believe the veteran filmmaker. Cameron does not seem the type to make statements like this without truly believing it, as he made no such claims about ‘Terminator: Rise of the Machines’ or ‘Terminator: Salvation.’ Check out the full video below with the film’s synopsis below that.
“When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…”
What are your thoughts on Cameron’s statement? Is it enough to get you into theaters on opening weekend to check out what Schwarzenegger and crew have created this time around? Let us know in the comments below!