Terminator Genisys landed with a thud at the box office this summer, and many of the reasons it did are mentioned in this Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies. Whether you enjoyed it or hated it, you'll probably find something to walk away agreeing with in the video below.
Right from the beginning, you can tell that Terminator Genisys is in for a rough ride with this installment of the popular web series, as both its name and the fact that it spoiled its big twist in the ad campaign are both mocked within the first minute of this rant filled rundown. That low hanging fruit aside, this latest truth telling trailer makes hay out of the fact that Terminator Genisys, at least in the eyes of this video, is nothing more than a blockbuster cash grab that takes the original film and curb stomps any appeal it had left.
While the video does harp on a lot of stuff that is open to interpretation, there are some points that are just too sharp to dismiss. For instance, J.K. Simmons really was nothing more than a glorified extra in Terminator Genisys, and so was Matt Smith for that matter. If there's anything this movie should be ripped apart for, it's hiring an Academy Award winner and a well regarded Sci Fi actor in bit parts that will be "important in future installments." You don't know if you're going to get to those sequels, do you movie? Stop teasing us with more Simmons and Smith in the future, and get this damned movie right first!
Then, of course, there's the elephant in the room known as Jai Courtney. When we first saw Terminator Genisys, some of us could write off Courtney's acting as being nothing more than a confused time traveler trying to make sense of the story in front of him. However, watching his performance through the lens of hindsight, we can honestly say it's one of the aspects of the film that we wouldn't want to exactly defend. If anything, the breath that we'd use to attempt a proper defense for the actor who also has the blood of A Good Day To Die Hard on his hands could be put to better use elsewhere. Like, say, the fact that Jason Clarke as John Connor should have been more badassed than the finished film wound up making it. What is it with this flick and misusing legitimately good actors?
Full disclosure: some of us actually enjoyed Terminator Genisys, though a huge part of that is probably because this film came after Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines and Terminator Salvation had their way with the franchise. While the former film could be seen as a popcorn filled guilty pleasure, there was absolutely no excuse for McG's turn at the wheel to have ever existed. So before you completely dismantle Terminator Genisys, just remember where the series has gone in its dark and varied past.
We're still not even sure if the Terminator series will have another bite at the apple, but if the recent box office numbers from China are any indication, the newly revamped T-800 Model 1 just might be back again. In which case, here's hoping there's more of the stuff we liked, and less Jai Courtney in the next film. You can judge for yourself if time has been kind to the already aging film, as Terminator Genisys is currently available on Blu Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.