Terminator Genisys (2015)

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When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future.

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke

Crew: Alan Taylor (Director), Kramer Morgenthau (Director of Photography), Lorne Balfe (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Release Dates: 03 Jul 2015 (India)

Tagline: The rules have been reset.

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as Guardian
as Sarah Connor
as John Connor
as Refugee / Terminator
as Perry
as Guerilla Soldier
as Guerilla Soldier
as Uniform Cop
as Guardian - Young / Terminator T-800
as Young Kyle
as Cop / T-1000
Supporting Actor
as Soldier #2
as Myles Dyson
as Danny Dyson
as Garber
Supporting Actor
as Garbage Man
as Detective Harding
as Agent Burke
as Skynet - 10 yrs old
as O'Brien
as Kyle Reese
as Security Guard #1
Supporting Actor
as Punk #1
as Special Agent Romero
as Angry Driver
as Lt. Whitley
as Kyle's Mom
as Hero Guerria
as Chat Show Host
as Punk #3
as Kyle's Dad
as Alex
as Agent Janssen
Supporting Actor
as Lt. Matias
as Soldier #3
Supporting Actress
as Skynet - 12 / 14 yrs old
as Detective Timmons
as Soldier #1
as Detective Cheung
as Young Boy
as Skynet - 18 yrs old
as Mariam
as Guerrilla Officer
as Security Guard #2
as Derelict
as Hospital Security Guard
as Young O'Brien
as Young Sarah


Story Writer
Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer
Lighting Technician


Music Director
Music Editor


Sound Designer
Sound Editor
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Sound Effects Editor


Casting Director
Casting Associate
Extras Casting

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
Costume Supervisor


First Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor

Post Production

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital
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24 fps
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The rules have been reset.
Megan Ellison acquired the franchise rights in June 2011 after a very much aggressive bidding contest put up by the creditor Pacificor LLC for the price of $20 million, fending off the closest bidder, Lionsgate Studios who offered $15 million. In order to concentrate on producing art-house based films on her Annapurna label, the rights was then transferred in early 2014 to her brother David. Previous rights holders Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson were forced to relinquish the rights due Halycon's debt issues and as a result of an investigation by the FBI over their company over an alleged hedge fund fraud discovered during financing of Terminator Salvation (2009).

Justin Lin was the first choice to direct but could not do so due to his commitment to Fast & Furious 6 (2013).

Shot in San Francisco, including some pre-Judgement Day stuff on the beach.

Tom Hardy was considered to play the role of John Connor, but ended up playing Mad Max in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Sam Worthington played a significant part in Terminator Salvation (2009). Before Hardy, Worthington was considered for the title role of Mad Max.

Ang Lee was in negotiations to direct the film but a deal could not be reached. Other directors considered to helm the film included Rian Johnson and Denis Villeneuve.

Costume designer Susan Matheson encountered trouble looking for brand new Nike Vandal shoes that Kyle Reese wears in the 1984 sequence. Her search online and other various avenues mostly had second-hand and worn Vandals for sale. For months, she approached Nike with the request of manufacturing that specific model of shoes but Nike wanted her to design an ID with an Air-Force base. Matheson refused because being a person with knowledge of sneakers, she does not want to feel guilty of cheating the audience especially eagle-eye fans of the first film who can spot the difference between those two bases. It was only after intervention by Paramount that Nike agreed to shutdown production and manufactured 25 pairs of Vandals solely for this film, in what is called as Matheson's greatest personal moment in this film.

Emilia Clarke worked with Lena Headey and Jason Momoa in Game of Thrones (2011). Jason Momoa played Conan in Conan the Barbarian (2011), the 2011 reboot of the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian (1982) which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator). Lena Headey played Sarah Connor in the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) television series, which is based on the films. Summer Glau, who played the female Terminator Cameron Phillips in "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", worked with Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey's "Game of Thrones" co-star Peter Dinklage in Knights of Badassdom (2013) and Jason Momoa worked with Summer Glau's Firefly (2002) and Serenity (2005) co-star Jewel Staite in the TV series Stargate: Atlantis (2004).

Jason Clarke and Christian Bale (who both played roles in Public Enemies (2009)) have now both played John Connor in the Terminator movies.

Co-writer of Terminator Genisys (2015), Laeta Kalogridis has previously worked on James Cameron's Avatar (2009) as an executive producer and worked as writer for another acclaimed project of Cameron 'Battle Angel'. As both are Sci-fi features closely and durable projects held by Cameron, Battle Angel was announced as a cyborg epic movie. Laeta Kalogridis worked on the TV-series 'Bionic' and is working as a writer for another sci-fi feauture 'Altered Carbon'. The last one is set in the future and subjects the digital alteration of man and machine.

On the Facebook social network, a group was set up as a online petition to get actress Summer Glau, who played the female Terminator Cameron Phillips in the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) to appear in an episode of the British science fiction series Doctor Who (2005). Matt Smith who played the Eleventh Doctor in that series stars in this film.

Adrian James was offered a role but declined due to scheduling conflicts.

Emilia Clarke who plays Sarah Connor stars on Game of Thrones (2011), an HBO show that also stars Lena Headey who previously play Sarah Connor on the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) on that show was actor Dean Winters who was on another HBO show Oz (1997) which also featured actor J.K. Simmons who is in this movie.

Screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier also worked on Scream 3 (2000). Laeta did uncredited rewrites and Patrick edited the movie.

Schwarzenegger explained there are actually two versions of the same T-800 in Terminator: GeniSys, a younger version and an older version that has been reprogrammed.

This is the first film in the franchise in which Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't die at the end.

Robert Patrick turned down the opportunity to return in the role of the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator because he felt he didn't want to leave his performance in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) alone and that it is a stand alone performance and he felt due to his age, he wouldn't be able to do all the physical work and the running, due to the fact that he has a bad hip. He did appear in a cameo when both Terminators fight in the hospital.

Parts of the movie are in the year 1984, the same year Terminator (1984) came out

Screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis said that the main inspiration of the film was the second-half of Back to the Future Part II (1989) where Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) ended up visiting an alternate 1985 after the older Biff Tannen's (Thomas F. Wilson) visit to 1955. They also used the best moments from the first two films as a base for their story. Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier originally turned down the offer to write this film three times because they didn't like the storyline for the third and fourth installments without affecting the first two films before James Cameron gave them his blessing to go ahead and to do so.

Although the phrase 'Come with me if you want to live' is spoken in all four Terminator films previous (Kyle Reese- The Terminator (1984), T-800- Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), John Connor- Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and Kyle Reese- Terminator Salvation (2009)), this entry marks the first time Sarah Connor uses this dialogue.

Jason Clarke is the fifth actor to play John Connor in as many films featuring the character. This has lead to people referring to him as the "Rusty Griswold" of the Terminator series as 5 different actors have portrayed that role in as many films.

Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out for six months, about three hours a day, before shooting started, by which time he had the exact same body weight and muscle measurements as he had 12 years previously while shooting Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).

Terminator Genisys (2015) was filmed under the working code name "Vista." Some people on set have theories on what the working title "Vista" means, while others just think it's a reference to Arnold's signature "Hasta la vista" line.

The song featured in the trailer is "I'd Love to Change the World" by Jetta. The song was used in the second trailer for the movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which also featured Jason Clarke.

Boyd Holbrook, Wilson Bethel, Sam Reid, Jai Courtney, Taylor Kitsch and Thomas Cocquerel tested for the role of Kyle Reese. Also considered were Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund but they refused to test for the roles and the producers looked for lesser known names. Courtney was later cast for the role.

Shot over 90 first unit days.

Christian Bale was unavailable to reprise his role as John Connor from Terminator Salvation (2009).

In Entertainment Weekly on October 31st 2014. It is revealed Matt Smith is playing a close ally of John Connor.

Video game developers were on set for the few days, in order to get all the details right for whatever video game they are developing alongside the movies.

They had to shoot Cyberdine on the NASA stage because there wasn't any other place in Louisiana tall enough to hold the set.

Arnold Schwarzenegger signed up after reading the script and thought the script was well-written.

Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke share the same last names, but are not related.

The final actors to play Danny Dyson were John Boyega and Dayo Okeniyi. Boyega declined the role to star in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Okeniyi then took the role.

Bringing back Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator for the reboot and for the new timeline was heavily influenced by Star Trek (2009): Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy) enters an alternate timeline and meets his younger self (Zachary Quinto) and a younger Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine).

Matt Smith previously starred on Doctor Who (2005) another Sci-fi franchise well-known for not only featuring time travel, but also villainous metal cyborgs not unlike the terminator robots.

After filming was completed. Matt Smith worked with Emilia Clarke's Game of Thrones (2011) co-star Lena Headey in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016). Lena Headey played Sarah Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008).

Tom Hardy, who was considered for the role of John Connor, succeeded Mel Gibson in the role of Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). James Cameron, the director and creator of the Terminator franchise, had cited Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) as one of his influences behind The Terminator (1984).

In the trailer, Kyle Reese arrives in Los Angeles in the past in the middle of the Los Angeles freeway bare naked. A nod to the pilot episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) which Sarah Connor, John Connor and Cameron Phillips arrive in 2007 Los Angeles in the middle of a freeway without clothing.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's first movie for Paramount Pictures.

Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson and Margot Robbie screen-tested for the role of Sarah Connor. Clarke was eventually cast in the role.

There was speculation that Matt Smith's character is Tim (played in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) by Danny Cooksey), John Connor's friend who got pushed aside by the T-1000 when it tracks Connor down at the arcade. Matt Smith's character is now called Alex.

The final choices for the role of Kyle Reese were Boyd Holbrook and Jai Courtney. After numerous screen tests, Courtney was cast.

In the second trailer, when the Terminator meets Kyle Reese he says "Nice to meet you!" and makes a big funny smile and Sarah states that she had been teaching the Terminator to blend in. The scene was written as a nod to a scene that was cut from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), John teaches The Terminator to smile, so The Terminator can be more human and to blend in and The Terminator imitates a man talking on a phone, but the smile is imperfect and crooked and John insists that The Terminator should try practicing in an mirror.

The first film in the series to be shot digitally, as well as the first to be shot with anamorphic lenses.

It was rumored that the following film will be Arnold Schwarzenegger's last as The Terminator.

The first Terminator film to be in 3D.

The title "Genisys" refers to "SYS", a computer term referring to the "System" or critical files that the system depends on to function properly, as well as "genesis", a beginning or start (in context, the core of the story hinges on time-travel to where the war begins).

The line 'Come with me if you want to live' said by Sarah Connor in the trailer marks the fifth consecutive time this line or a close variation has been used in the Terminator film franchise. Kyle Reese says it in the first, the reprogrammed T-800 in the second, John Connor says "Do you wanna live? Come on!" in the third, and Kyle Reese says it again in the fourth installment.

This is Paramount studios first film in The Terminator franchise. James Cameron had first approached them to do The Terminator (1984) and they were very interested. However the only stipulation was that James Cameron does not direct the film. Since this was Cameron's pet project at the time and wanted to direct the film he turned down their offer.

Emilia Clarke 's Game of Thrones (2011) co-star Lena Headey previously played Sarah Connor on the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008).

This is the first film in the series to not feature animatronic Terminators created by special effects artist (and dear friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger) Stan Winston, due to his death in 2008. Instead the animatronics were created by effects studio Legacy Effects, a company formed out of Winston's former workshop staff.

Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't dye his hair for the film. It shows his natural grey hair.

James Cameron gave advice to producers David Ellison and David Goldberg on how they could use a 67 year old Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film, by stating that the living human tissue that is grown on The Terminators, giving them their human forms is not actually synthetic, but organic and could therefore age and that they could have a Terminator sent back through time, missed his target and ended up living in society and due to his brain, which is a central processor (a learning computer) he could actually become more human and went along without getting discovered.

The body of young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie (also seen in the film's first trailer) is provided by actor and body-builder Brett Azar. Azar won the role following an open casting call looking for a person who can match the closest to Schwarzenegger's physique in the first film. Azar never thought of the idea of being in this film until he was persuaded by his manager Mike Lyons to audition. According to Azar, aside from being judged having the closest physique (the first round of auditions involves body and muscle measurement), it was his audition video of him reenacting the Terminator's arrival at the Griffith Observatory and his perfect lip-syncing of Schwarzenegger's line, "Your clothes, give them to me. Now." at the three punks resulted in him winning the role. His face was replaced with Schwarzenegger in post-production. Schwarzenegger was Azar's body-building idol and Arnold gifted him cigars and several body-building magazines after the first day of shooting.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's first film as The Terminator in twelve years, since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). Schwarzenegger was replaced by a digital computer graphics version for the previous film Terminator Salvation (2009). Twelve years is also the same amount of time between his appearances in Terminator 2 and Terminator 3.

The first installment of a new trilogy of "Terminator" films.

Paramount has greenlit 2 sequels to this film before it even opens, because regardless of how well or poor it does at the Box Office, all film rights to the Terminator franchise are set to revert back to James Cameron in the year 2019.

Due to Schwarzenegger's age, it was decided, instead of CGI to make Schwarzenegger look 30 years younger, that it should be written into the screenplay that the living human tissue that is generated and grown on the Terminator androids, giving them their human forms, can age like normal humans, and the Terminator in this film is older and has gray hair.

As time travel is a key part in this movie, the body structure of the robot had to remain constant, while makeup and hair styling changes accounted for the switch from a 25-year old versus a 35-year old versus a 55-year old, when it’s in the future of 2029.

The director needed Schwarzenegger to be exactly the same as he was in 1984, because the robot has human flesh underneath is a metal skeleton, and while the human flesh ages just like everyone else does, the skeleton doesn’t change. Therefore, the actor had to undergo an intense workout regime to gain an extra 5-7 pounds of pure muscle and get that body back, to enable the switch from Terminator to the character in this movie, kind of a Terminator-protector character.

Tom Hardy was the first choice for John Connor.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's first film as The Terminator in 12-years, since "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines". Schwarzenegger was replaced by a digital computer graphics version, for the previous film "Terminator Salvation".

The first installment of a trilogy of "Terminator" films.

Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson and Margot Robbie have tested for the role of Sarah Connor. Clarke was eventually cast in the role.

Taylor Kitsch and Nicholas Hoult were considered to play Kyle Reese.

Boyd Holbrook, Wilson Bethel, Sam Reid, Jai Courtney and Thomas Cocquerel tested for the role of Kyle Reese. Also considered were Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund but they refused to test for the roles and the producers looked for lesser known names.

Emilia Clarke's Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey previously played Sarah Connor on the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

It is the fifth film in the Terminator film series and the first installment in a new trilogy.
Filming Start Date:
21 Apr 2014
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Dubbed from: Terminator Genisys (English)