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Re: Terminator: Genisys (2015)
« Reply #45 on: December 04, 2014, 03:05:19 pm »
My thoughts:

* I've stopped giving a d*mn about CGI in trailers because I know it's all rudimentary... the effects artists don't know what's going into the trailer until the last minute, and the shots are all in-progress.  So I'm holding off judgement on that.  So a complaint about bad CGI in a trailer, especially in one for a movie that doesn't come out for six months, is a pointless complaint.

* I don't think that's a CGI Arnold at the observatory, i think it's a shot from the 80s movie (it looks SO out of place), then the other angle is a body double (maybe Roland Kickinger again).

* I love the first two Terminator flicks as much as anyone, and there's no way you can add onto them or improve upon them.  So if they MUST make more Terminator flicks (they must, they must), I appreciate going f*cking nuts and trying something new rather than trying to squeeze in something that doesn't fit (like T3).  And the idea of going back and screwing up the original flicks is exactly the sort of thing *I* would do if I had my hands on the franchise.

* This also seems like the first Terminator flick that's a proper time travel flick... in the first three, time travel was just used to explain the motivations and so on, but this is the first one that said "you know what, let's use time travel SMARTLY and beat the bad guys to the punch!"  I can't believe it took them this long to think of shooting the first bad guy the second he arrived!

* I wasn't ready Khaleesi as Khaleesi at all.

* I didn't see Matt Smith anywhere in the trailer... or if I did, he didn't register as Matt Smith at all.

* There's so much in this trailer, you know, like they're jamming in all the Terminator movies together (the stuff in the future looked too much like "Salvation" for my tastes, I liked the cold blue model+greenscreen feel of T2), but I think that the trailer should have looked like a remake of the first movie.  Lull us into a false sense of security, then changed sh*t up on us.  Shot for shot remake, then throw us for a loop and leave us reeling.  Look at the T2 full-length trailer:

It's real simple, and it's just one "oh sh*t!" revelation after another.  "Oh sh*t, the Terminator's back!" "Oh sh*t, he's after the kid!" "Oh sh*t, he's the good guy!" "Oh sh*t, that other machine is insanely advanced!" and finally "Oh sh*t, I gotta see this movie."

Maybe it's a thing where they have to prove to everyone their flick is good because the last two were garbage and they wind up overcompensating, maybe it's studio pressure, maybe it's just the fact that the saavy audience already knows so much about it already... I dunno.

We also have to deal with the fact that T1 and T2 are simple premises, while this thing is... wild.  All over the place.  They needed to boil it down.  It sounds more like a crazy man's ramblings, or how I sound when I'm talking about something I'm in the process of making.  A trailer, especially a teaser, should be an invitation.  The "what if."  This isn't that.


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