He said he'd be back and he wasn't lying. The terminator franchise is still going strong as Terminator Genysis nears its release date this year. The new film is somewhat of a reboot and will serve as a partial continuation following the war against Skynet and the rising Terminator menace. This film will also be the arrival of a new Sarah Connor played by none other than Emilia Clarke from game of thrones and the returning star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800 who serves as Sarah's guardian and mentor.
Here's the plot synopsis:
In 2029, John Connor, leader of the human resistance, leads the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when John is notified by his army unit, Tech-Com, that Skynet will attack him from two fronts, past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.
On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, Connor sends his trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese back through time to 1984 to save his mother's life and ensure his own existence. However, Kyle finds the original past changed; he meets an alternate version of Connor's mother, Sarah Connor, who already knows about Skynet, Judgment Day, and Reese's predestined roles as both her protector and yet-to-be conceived son's father. A decade before, a Terminator was sent back in time to kill Sarah as a child and so the Resistance sent their own cyborg back in time to protect her; their arrivals on that point in time causes a fractured timeline that differs from Kyle's. After the assassin killed her parents, the reprogrammed T-800 raised and trained her to face her destiny, which she adamantly tries to reject. Being stranded in the past, the reprogrammed Terminator also struggles to integrate into human society while hiding its true nature. In addition, due to the timeline's alteration, it is ambiguous as to whether Sarah and Kyle would fulfill their respective roles as John Connor's parents despite needing each other for battling Skynet.
Now, after Sarah, the Terminator, and Kyle are acquainted, they are faced with a new mission while dreading the newly undetermined future since everything has changed. Even though the Terminator destroys Kyle's quarry upon its arrival from the original timeline, Skynet sends additional terminators to take over its mission in addition to kill Sarah's allies; including a T-1000 and the original T-800. As well as a new and horrific enemy: John Connor himself, who has been converted into a nanotechnological human-cyborg hybrid, the T-3000. With John Connor apparently compromised, they must avoid detection from their enemies and find a way to prevent Judgment Day from happening. A new threat looms over the horizon, the upcoming app, Genisys.
Quite a bit of time travel will be involved here since it has already been made clear that Skynet has sent a terminator back in time to to kill Sarah Connor but not before the human resistance sends Jai Courtney's Kyle reese back in time to protect her, Of course that won't stop Skynet who have planned for such a situation by sending multiple terminators which includes two new models. Essentially a war is being waged across two fronts and across two very different points in time, a Jumpstart film indeed.
Depending upon how this film ends will give us a clear picture of where the story will go since the studio behind the film intended it to be the first of a new trilogy or a half-jumpstart of the franchise. Many fans of the original terminator franchise have labeled the trailer for the film as weak, silly, childish, and just plain watered down over-stuffed CGI garbage that should be set on fire. Fans have a right to voice their discontent with the film but that doesn't mean that they should target anyone with the intention to view it, and for those who want to see it but are getting harassed or laughed at you just have to think about WWSCD A.K.A What Would Sarah Connor Do. The ultimate Test for this film will be the box office and if it manages to float rather than sink then there will in fact be a sequel.
Terminator Genysis invades theaters on July 1, 2015