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The tangled tale of the Terminator timelines

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July 1, 2015 -- After a 12 year hiatus, Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising his most famous role as The Terminator, in the latest iteration of the sci-fi blockbuster movie franchise, Terminator Genisys – opening in U.S. cinemas on July 1. The key to understanding the new movie’s convoluted plot is to remind yourself of its predecessors.

GN Newsahead: Terminator Genisys opens worldwide and the box office takings will answer whether the tale of genocidal intelligent machines fighting resistance forces for the human race is truly timeless.

The Terminator tale has been told four times before, while movies about the human-cyborg existential battle have become commonplace since 1984, when the acclaimed forebear of Genisys was released.

Terminator story lines have spun out through comic books, theme park attractions, video games, novels, and two seasons of a Terminator TV series. Director Alan Taylor has the challenge of lifting Genisys above the rest. Without a deft hand, it could be deemed quaint, as well as commonplace, by the critics.

The first Terminator won box office success and acclaim, including selection for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being of "Culturally, historically, or aesthetically significance." Terminator Salvation, the fourth in the series, trailed at the box office, perhaps the first sign of Terminator fatigue. If Genisys succeeds, and even if it doesn’t, it is likely to be the first in a new Terminator trilogy.

The movie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as aging Terminator T-800, Emilia Clark as Sarah Connor, and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, the leader of the resistance. The Terminator role of Schwarzenegger, who has starred in all of the previous series, is reprised . This time he is an elderly, and reprogrammed to look after Sarah when the new T-3000 terminator is sent back in time to attack her. She and Kyle have to escape not only from the T-3000, but from perils beyond counting.

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