Well if you managed to somehow avoid the latest full trailer to Terminator Genisys, which pretty much gave away the movie’s big plot twist, there’ll be no avoiding the big “secret” from here on in since the formally potential spoiler is in plain sight on the new one-sheet as well.
It’s safe to assume what should be a big twist in the upcoming revisionist take on the Terminator series may not have been intended to be a huge hush hush secret on the studio’s part to begin with. In the film’s timeline it turns out that John Connor (Jason Clarke), mankind’s future messiah figure after Judgement Day, turns out to be a Terminator sent back to kill his mother Sarah (Emilia Clarke) in 1984. This T-John Conner is a new model of the killer machine, with morphing abilities similar to the T-1000. It’s possible, if not probable, the human John Conner is killed in the future and Skynet sends a shape shifting Terminator to do the dirty work back in the ’80s. But it looks like the marketing department never had it in mind to keep this plot point secret.
Genisys looks to be a huge gamble with loyalist fans, so hopefully the script plays it very smart in all its revisionist history. Taking a well known character and turning the core of his existence around is by no means a mere tweak in a new story.
Here is the official synopsis of the film:
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…
Directed by Alan Taylor, Terminator: Genisys is set for a July 1, 2015 release and stars Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), Jason Clarke (John Connor), Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800), Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.