I must admit, despite the fact that I still get a headache every time I read the title, Terminator Genisys is really growing on me. When the concept of a reboot/sequel (rebooquel?) of the franchise was first proposed, I rolled my eyes like most fans of the franchise who sorely miss the James Cameron heydays of the first two films. And then when plot details about the film’s new alternate timeline and some very shouty promo pics started popping up online, my eyes rolled back even further to the point where I could watch my own brain squirm at every glance of the misspelled “Genisys”.
But then the first trailer was released, and things looked nowhere near as bad as I thought they would. In fact, they actually looked good. Suddenly that “alternate timeline” stuff that had sounded so cheesy on paper had me geeking out about the possibilities on film. That opinion was just reinforced and bolstered with follow-up trailers. And now some new details have emerged that’s tweaked my excitement levels even further.
TheArnoldFans managed to get their hands on some reviews of the film’s script from some inside sources. These “reviews” are very, very light on the spoilers with TheArnoldFans even taking it a step further to block out what they feel may give away too much. What remains though doesn’t only sound incredibly intriguing and full of some epic potential, but all the source were extremely positive about what they read. You can read the full-length reviews over on the site, but here are some of the more exciting pieces.
“I think the best way to describe Terminator Genisys is three action packed movies in one. First of all, we finally get to see the Future Wars. Where John Connor, Kyle Reese and resistance take on Skynet. This is something that Terminator fans have wanted to see since James Cameron gave them a preview of it in the first film. So I don’t think fans will be disappointed with this portion of the movie at all!
In the script the future war is 18 pages. So I would say around 20 minutes give or take. So it’s probably 10-15 minutes of action and then the set up with Reese going back to 1984. The movie should be slightly over 2 hours(script is 130 pages). So the breakdown will probably be about 20 minutes Future Wars, 40 minutes 1984 and 1 hour for (*date removed for spoiler) portion of the movie.”
“[The early] portion of the movie gives long time Terminator fans a great nostalgia feeling – with it taking place in the same 1984 location as the original film. Not to mention it has the same action-packed chase scenes, shoot outs and Terminator vs Terminator fights to be expect (sic) from a Terminator film.”
“For me personally, since I loved the first two Terminator movies so much, I’m not sure it will beat the classics but we shall see. If you go into this movie with a open mind and willing to accept some changes, this should be an action-packed thrill ride that rivals any recent summer blockbuster. Because this script gave [director] Alan Taylor and the cast with a lot of really good material to work with here. With a script like this, it’s not surprising that Skydance signed [screenwriters] Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to a two-year first look deal with the company.”
“I get the vibe that fans have been disappointed with Arnold’s involvement in action sequences since his comeback. Well, that changes with Terminator Genisys. Arnold is front and center of all the big action during the 1984 and (*deleted) portion of the movie.”
“People new to the franchise and fans alike should also be happy as I think this actually feels like a Terminator movie, unlike Rise of the Machines and Salvation. The atmosphere feels gritty and exciting, especially in the future war scenes. I can’t give spoilers but sfx is going to pushed to the limit for war scenes at the start, I really hope they can do it justice onscreen.
This also plays out like no other Terminator film yet in the fact it’s not set in one time period from start to finish with a single villain to deal with! No the threat is greater here with two well known model terminators and a couple of other types spread throughout the movie – which has 3 major time zones. Safe to say the movie will look unique all the way through, keeping it fresh and exciting. “
“It felt epic as I was reading. I could see every scene playing out in my head and I feel anyone who liked the first two installments will find enjoyment in Genisys.”
That sounds really cool, with the multiple times experienced in the film especially sounding like it could make for some Terminator fan-dreams come to explosive life. Now it must be clearly stated that this is a review of the script, not the movie as a whole though. Every year we see hotly touted scripts featured on the Black List and the like end up as really horrible movies thanks to shoddy directing and poor performances.
That being said, I have some faith in Terminator Genisys. Director Alan Taylor did great work on Game of Thrones and his feature film debut, Thor: The Dark World, boasted some pretty solid directing throughout. On top of that, he’s working with a really exciting cast – Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Matt Smith, JK Simmons and Byung-Hun Lee – next to Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising the role he was born to play. With all these factors taken into consideration, including these script reviews, then you can probably understand why I cannot wait for Judgement Day to get here.
Terminator Genisys officially opens in the US on 1 July 2015, while we will have to wait two extras days to 3 July to see it locally.
Last Updated: February 23, 2015