Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the movies after his stint as governor of California has been filled with ups and downs, good films and bad. But one thing has remained consistent – the living legend has started showcasing a savvy online presence and a self-aware sense of humor that has re-endeared him to the digital world. Now, he’s combined all of that into a YouTube video that, while it exists solely to promote a charity, is more entertaining than any of the Terminator Genisys trailers so far.
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It’s the kind of news that might elicit one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature yells: not only is there a remake of Kindergarten Cop in the works, but it might also become a TV series, if we’re not careful. Let’s be careful, okay?
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is not a good movie. It might be Steven Spielberg’s worst movie, depending on how you feel about 1941and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It’s a pale imitation of its successor, with a dopey story, dopier characters (“Hey my shirt is drenched in infant T. Rex blood, and I know they can track scents incredibly well because I’m a brilliant paleontologist, but I’m just going to keep wearing it anyway!”), inferior special effects, none of the sense of wonder that made Jurassic Park a generational touchstone. It’s not even as good as Jurassic Park III (and Jurassic Park III ain’t exactly Jurassic Park 1 either).
At least these Terminator Genisys posters are better than the first look we got at the characters last year — you know, those images in which all the actors are waving guns around and shouting. This new set of characters posters is a bit more subdued, although much, much heavier on the Photoshop to the point where they look painted.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie is called Maggie. He plays Wade Vogel, a Midwestern farmer (apparently Austria’s in the Midwest somewhere) struggling to survive in the midst of a zombie outbreak. After his daughter (Abigal Breslin) gets bitten it’s only a matter of time before she transforms completely from innocent teenager to bloodthirsty member of the walking dead. So Schwarzenegger must choose whether to abandon his child, protect her from government officials who want to quarantine her, or to kill her himself and end her misery as soon as possible.
Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Through most of Schwarzenegger’s film career, whatever his character’s stated profession — retired army commando, undercover FBI agent, super spy — his unspoken profession was unstoppable murderer. It was his job, and he took pride in it. Pleasure, too; killing was so effortless and uncomplicated for ’80s-era Schwarzenegger that he’d crack jokes while he did it. All that changes in Maggie, in which Schwarzenegger’s character can’t bring himself to kill a single person, one he cares deeply about: His daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin), who’s been infected with a slow-acting zombie virus.
For awhile, the marketing for Terminator Genisys sidestepped around the actual plot of the film, selling nostalgia for the older movies in the series and the return of a more grizzled and gray Arnold Schwarzenegger to his signature role. And then the latest trailer arrived and, seemingly out of desperation, gave away the film’s big plot twist. Now, the latest poster for the film gives it away again. Either this reveal isn’t as big of a twist as everyone expected or Paramount is getting a little antsy to get butts in seats.
Ready or not, the next installment in the Terminator franchise is coming soon. This quartet of international trailers offers up new footage, and while some of it is a bit repetitive (how many times can you listen to Arnold Schwarzenegger say “I’ll be back”? Four, apparently), there are some interesting action pieces we haven’t seen before. Matt Smith is still conspicuously absent, however.
The last Terminator Genisys trailer was so convoluted and confusing that ScreenCrush editor Mike Sampson and I spent an entire piece trying to figure out the plot of the film. (We were not successful, either.) At the very least, the new Genisys spot makes things a bit clearer. Right off the bat they also reveal one significant plot twist: John Connor (Jason Clarke) has been mechanized by Skynet and the evil computers of the future, and sent back in time to kill his mother Sarah (Emilia Clarke). Also, I just realized that Sarah and John Connor are played in this film by two actors with the same last name. Which, whoa. And, of course, there’s also Arnold Schwarzenegger back as the T-800, but this time he’s an older model who’s Sarah Connor’s protector. How and why remains to be seen, but hey, that’s why you’ve got to buy a ticket. To figure out how a robot can age and learn to a be a good guy who smiles awkwardly. (Very awkwardly.)