So far, in its early stages, the promotional campaign for next summer’s Terminator: Genisys has been… disturbing. Our first look at the cast placed them all in cheesy blockbuster poses. And that was nothing compared with the Smiling Terminator who was photobombing Matt Smith and Jason Clarke on the cover of the Entertainment Weekly. Seriously. A smiling Terminator. With teeth, and everything.
Well, that’s nothing compared with the cast portraits that EW shared today as part of its cover package. Again, they have a certain… enthusiasm, I suppose. The theme that we have been batting around the Cinema Blend offices is that the Terminator: Genisys is showing us their sexually charged "O Faces" in these heroic poses. Starting with Games of Thrones star Emilia Clarke at the top. Her pic leads into Matt Smith’s awkward "O Face" pose, which involves extending his gun arm and, of course, screaming.
Not one to be outdone, Hollywood’s new John Connor – Jason Clarke – lets out a bit of a bellow.
And Jai Courtney takes "aim" at all of the film critics who wrote about A Good Day to Die Hard while ALSO giving us his best "O Face." Yikes.
Don't these people know how it's supposed to be done?
All of which tells us nothing about the film. That’s what disturbs me the most. Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), Terminator: Genisys is being billed as the sequel that is going to reinvigorate the dormant franchise. It’s going to kick start a new trilogy of Terminator movies, and it’s going to be so entertaining that we’re going to want to follow these new versions of come classic characters on whatever time-hopping adventure they decide to embark on. Except, all these images show us are Matrix-inspired, black-clothes-wearing, generic "soldier" characters pointing guns and screaming. This could be an ad for a G.I. Joe sequel. Except for that Smiling Terminator.
Some plot details tied to Terminator: Genisys were part of the EW article, and they raised more questions than answers. I’m thinking that a trailer for Genisys might be dropping soon, and that might clear things up. Because so far? No dice, O-Face film.
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