The notion of a humanoid robot assassin looks dated before it’s even possible.
So the trailer for Terminator: ‘Genisys’ has arrived.
It looks potentially entertaining and Emilia Clarke seems like a perfect replacement for Linda Hamilton. However, it doesn’t really address the fundamental question regarding this semi-reboot: what exactly it is supposed to be adding to the franchise.
One minor issue that I will be curious to see if the filmmakers attempt to address is that since the original films were made it has become apparent that if one wanted to design a machine which conducts assassinations it probably wouldn’t look like the T-800:
The only film I’ve seen so far that addresses how drones are changing warfare is the Bourne Legacy. Though like much of the rest of that film it does so badly. To try and prove that the CIA would still need genetically enhanced super-assassins when they have predator drones, there is a faintly ludicrous scene where Jeremy Renner’s Bourne stand-in character manages to shoot a drone down with a rifle.
Frankly, filmakers are going to have to do better than this. ‘Killer robots’ are becoming more prevalent and are moving from the sky to the ground. Because Terminator is a retro franchise – which has helpfully established in the past installments that only organic matter can be sent back in time – it can probably get away with this. Films hoping to depict realistic battlefields of the near future will need to account for drones and the like. The Top Gun sequel will apparently see Tom Cruise’s character trying to prove the relevance of human pilots. Expect a lot more films to deal with similar themes.