Much has been said about “Terminator: Genisys” bombing at the box-office, and how producers have decided to forego a sequel which would no longer cast Emilia Clarke in a lead role.
Although the “Game of Thrones” actress has received a lot of flak for the sci-fi movie’s poor performance, Forbes had earlier cited some of the main reasons why the film bombed at the tills.
First, the movie’s PR campaign was terrible, which is in stark contrast to how Paramount had marketed similar tent-pole films in the past.
The promotional photos of “Terminator: Genisys” pictured the lead stars, including Emilia Clarke, in seemingly awkward poses, while the movie’s second trailer gave away the movie’s core plot twist which in a way affected its chances for a sequel.
Second, critics where generally unimpressed with the film mainly due to its poor narrative and lack of major story twists which were earlier promised in the movie’s two trailers.
With a score of 26 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes, the film turned out to be a mere reboot which failed to excite fans of the once highly-popular “Terminator” franchise.
And third, Arnold Schwarzenegger is no longer a box-office draw. This must be a sad realization for the film’s producers who thought that the former California governor’s inclusion in the film would breathe life into the post-apocalyptic series.
But the fact is, the 68-year old actor hasn’t really scored a hit for the past 20 years since “Eraser” in 1996. As they say, no one stays on top forever.
Meanwhile, critics at Rotten Tomatoes continue to weigh on “Terminator: Genisys” whose failure at the US box office has been fairly or unfairly attributed to its stars including Emilia Clark who is said to have been excluded from a possible sequel.
In his review, top critic Wesley Morris pointed out that “Part of what makes Terminator Genisys so pitiful as an evening out is that all the actors do over and over again is tell us why they’re in a particular scene and why the movie exists.”
“‘Genisys’ seems to have unwittingly positioned itself as Exhibit ‘A’ in the case against dimwitted ‘alternate timeline’ reboots,” commented Clem Bastow of Junkee.
On the other hand, David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews posted “..it might just be time to put this progressively ineffective franchise out to pasture.”
It seems like a “Terminator: Genisys” sequel is turning out to be a losing proposition with or without its main stars Arnold Schwarzenneger and Emilia Clarke.