Every boy growing up in the 80's or 90's has an action hero we latch onto, or action movies we loved. These movies were rated R, of course, because we loved seeing violence, corny one-liners, and bewbies! There's a thrill we all got by watching something we're not supposed to be watching, like John Rambo mowing down dozens of bad guys in the Rambo series, or John McClain taking out terrorists in the Die Hard movies. For me, it was Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Terminator movies. James Cameron's The Terminator and his sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day are classic sci-fi action pictures in my book, and personal favorites of mine, and anytime they were on TV, my butt was parked on the sofa to watch the future Governator kick ever manner of ass.
Today, Paramount Pictures told me, the fans of the first two movies, and Jim Cameron, that we can go fuck ourselves, in the form of Terminator: Genisys (due out May 2015).
Yes, it is nice to see Schwarzenegger back as the T-800, the role that made him into, arguably, the most beloved and well-know action star of his day, and John Cho as the T-1000 is actually inspired casting, because he does resemble the Robert Patrick character from the 1991 sequel. Having said all that: this movie is blending both the first and the second films and hitting the reset button, when the first two movies were fine as is. There is no fucking reason to do a reboot on the franchise that ended when the T-1000 was destroyed, Skynet eliminated, and the T-800 sacrificing himself to make sure that his technology could never be duplicated by anyone else. As a fan of the original movies, this just comes off as Hollywood, once again insulting us by making an unnecessary sequel that was wrapped up with Judgement Day.