When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future.
Running time: 2h 6m
Cast:Sarah ConnorTerminatorKyle ReeseJohn Connor
Terminator Genisys is a 2015 American science fiction action film, directed by Alan Taylor and written by Laeta Kalogridis andPatrick Lussier. The fifth installment in the Terminator franchise, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, reprising his role as theeponymous character, along with Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney. The film’s plot follows soldier Kyle Reese(Courtney) in the war against Skynet, an artificial general intelligence seeking to destroy the human race. In a sequence of events similar to 1984’s The Terminator, John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the Human Resistance, sends Reese back in time from 2029 to 1984 to protect Connor’s mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), who is being targeted by Skynet. However, once Reese arrives in the past he discovers the timeline has been altered, and Sarah has been raised by a reprogrammed Terminator, known as the Guardian (Schwarzenegger), since her childhood.
Megan Ellison and her production company Annapurna Pictures acquired the rights to the franchise in May 2011, and the following year the production of another installment in the series was set up in collaboration with Skydance Productions, owned by her brother David Ellison. The Ellisons made sure to ask for the input of Terminator creator James Cameron, hoping to create something that would get closer to the spirit of the original film and sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Principal photography occurred mostly in New Orleans, while also taking place in the on-screen setting of San Francisco. Six companies handled the film’s visual effects, while the prostethic make-up and animatronics were created by Legacy Effects, a studio founded by the alumni of Terminator veteran Stan Winston.
The film was released by Paramount Pictures on July 1, 2015, in standard digital format, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D. Terminator Genisys was not well received by critics, who found the story and performances unsatisfactory, though Schwarzenegger’s return to the franchise was praised. It has grossed over $435 million worldwide and is intended to be the first of a trilogy, with follow-ups scheduled for 2017 and 2018.
Directed by Alan Taylor Produced by
- David Ellison
- Dana Goldberg
Written by Based on Characters
by James Cameron
Gale Anne Hurd
Starring Music by Lorne Balfe
Brad Fiedel (themes)
Cinematography Kramer Morgenthau Edited by Roger BartonProduction
Distributed by Paramount PicturesRelease dates
- June 22, 2015(Berlin premiere)
- July 1, 2015 (United States)
126 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $155 million Box office $435.9 million