Spotted! Part 4: Terminator: Genisys


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Terminator: Genisys (2015)

Rated NR: This Film Currently Has No Rating

Genre/s: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Drama

This film is to be released on July 1, 2015 (US Release Date, Available For Worldwide Viewing)

Writers: Patrick Lusier and Laeta Kalogridis

Director: Alan Taylor

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke


He's back alright. Welcome once again to Dateline Movies and today, we're going on a time-travelling journey with the upcoming installment of the Terminator franchise, Terminator: Genisys. Honestly, I'm not sure if this is even a reboot or a part of a standalone tetralogy (Terminator in 1984, Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003 and Terminator Salvation in 2009 and I hope I got the terminology right) since the setting is a parallel universe. And now for our fourth entry in our Spotted! posts, here is the classic T-800 in his glory.



What we saw in the trailers?


In the future, which we all know has been overrun by machines, Resistance leader John Connor, played by Clarke J. (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), fears that his mother, Sarah Connor, played by Clarke E. (Mother Dragon in the TV series Game of Thrones) may have been targeted by SkyNet for assasination. If Sarah would be killed, John would never be born and the Resistance would never be formed. John's trusted friend, Kyle Reese, played by Courtney (Jack Reacher), volunteers to travel back in time and protect Sarah.

Arriving in the past, Kyle realizes that time has been altered, and the Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger (All Terminator films), that was meant to kill Sarah, is now her reprogrammed guardian. Chased by several threats, the T-800, Kyle and Sarah had to reset the clock while fighting other Terminators.

Spotted!: Hidden Surprises and Trivia (Spoiler Alert!)

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1. Resistance is Futile!: Let's start things off with the most shocking (and most unnecessary) not really hidden surprise. The team find themselves in a seemingly quiet hospital room with John Connor in there, suddenly there's a commotion. Surprisingly, the T-800 shoots John and suddenly reveals himself to be a Terminator as well. Are you now feeling that spoiler sting? I warned you. Does this mean SkyNet has finally won? Have they prevented the formation of the Resistance?
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2. Terminator Who?: To add into the already mind-blowing journey of time-travel, Matt Smith, more popularly known as the Eleventh Doctor in the Doctor Who series, has been added to the cast. Although his role is unknown, this poster suggests that he may be a new version of a Terminator. Would this mean we would be seeing, not one, not two, but three Terminators in one film?


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3. If Looks Could Kill...: The shape-shifting T-1000 is back, and this time, it's played by Lee-Byung Hun. It looks like time really has been altered, as in the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the T-1000 was launched to eliminate the already born John Connor, played by Edward Furlong in the aforementioned movie. This means that the T-800 really did fail in his job of killing Sarah Connor (As hinted by Sarah, who said that they already took care of the Terminator sent to kill her).


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4. Mystery Unsolved: My oh my, Academy Award Winner J.K. Simmons is in this movie? Man, this movie got a little interesting. J.K. Simmons is set to portray Det. O' Brien, a detective investigating the deaths of various Sarah Connors (Just like the one in the original film) or trying to capture the Terminator since he might already know of the Terminator's existence for a long time. Either way, it will be worth it to see him in action.


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5. "Download Now For Free!": For our final hidden surprise, we now get to take a look at something unique to the Terminator series. We've all known that SkyNet has several strategies to take over the world. From time-travelling murder sprees or nuclear warfare, none can top the absurdity of this new tactic. To rule over humans, SkyNet decides to launch a deadly mind-blowing weapon. A device so evil, so ruthless, so diabolical, it's basically free to download? As seen from their TV previews, SkyNet decides to take a more modern approach by making, and I swear I'm not kidding, a "Genisys App" (Now you know why the movie is titled Terminator: Genisys). Kind of odd, yes, but this could mean that they could have more control because they will access the Internet (unlike the previous films, which is set in a time when the Internet is not yet mainstream).

Okay, I know the Terminator series has been running out of ideas ever since Terminator: Rise of the Machines or Terminator: Salvation, but like I said for several times in several posts, "Don't judge a book by its cover". Besides, it has Arnold back in his true form, it has the Mother of the Dragons and Peter Parker's boss, so expect a few interesting moments from this film. And I guess this is where we conclude our fourth Spotted! post. But before I leave, I'll just leave that video below. It might just give you a chuckle or two. Farewell!!!

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