For filmmaker Alan Taylor, “Terminator Genisys” is the story of a “dysfunctional family.” In his discussion with Screen Rant, he touched on the premise and how it compares to those of the previous films in the franchise.
The first “Terminator” film (1984) had a romance theme, whereas “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991) explored a father-son relationship. “Terminator: Genisys” reportedly has components of both the previous films, Taylor said.
“The father theme plays really strongly in ours. We have sort of mirroring father figures in this that have to be dealt with, and they are very difficult relationships. Again, there is a love story at the core of it. Outside of that, there is the issue of family. I guess we’re trying to draw on things that were present in both the first two films,” Taylor said.
He added that the “simplicity” of the first two “Terminator” films was missing from “Terminator: Genisys” as it tries to build a gap between the mythology and the new world. Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) will share a bond with Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger). She will also have a romantic relationship with Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney). Taylor described them as "star-crossed" lovers.
“Sarah and Kyle are very powerful lovers to be able to tap into. And the relationship to the father that is also the son, and the questions of who you are and free will," Taylor said.
In the film, Reese will go back in the time to save Connor from a cyborg sent by Skynet. He will find that the original past has been changed and the cyborg he was sent to kill has been already taken care of. Now he, Connor and Gaurdian must fight against T-1000 and T-3000 to save their lives.
The film opens Wednesday in 3D, Real 3D and Imax 3D.