Terminator Genisys

Synopsis: When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured time-line. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future...
Director(s): Alan Taylor
Production: Paramount Pictures
  8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min


Before they died, my parents told me

stories of how the world once was.

What it was like long before I was born.

Before the war with the machines.

They remembered a green world,

vast and beautiful.

Filled with laughter

and hope for the future.

But it's a world I never knew.

By the time I was born,

all this was gone.


a computer program designed to

automate missile defence.

It was supposed to protect us,

but that's not what happened.

On August 29, 1997,

Skynet woke up.

It decided all humanity

was a threat to its existence.

It used our own bombs against us.

Three billion people died

in the nuclear fire.

Survivors called it Judgement Day.

People lived like rats in the shadows.

Hiding, starving or, worse,

captured and put into camps

for extermination.

I was born after Judgement Day,

into a broken world

ruled by the machines.

The worst were infiltration units

designed to pass for human.

We called them terminators.

It's okay, boy.

Good boy.

Are there others down here?

And then one man found me.

His name

is John Connor.

And he changed everything.

John showed us how to fight back.

How to rise up.

He freed prisoners.

Taught us how to

smash the machines to scrap.

People whisper about John,

wonder how he can

know the things he does.

They use words like "prophet."

But John is more.

We're here because tonight,

he's going to lead us to crush Skynet.

For good.

Sir? Request to join

the Colorado offensive.

I need you with me, Reese.

We're talking about

the complete destruction of Skynet, sir.

The Colorado unit will succeed.

The machines will fall tonight.

But right here, the Los Angeles assault

is just as important, maybe more.

More important than destroying

the Skynet's central core?

John, I don't understand

why you're leading an attack

on a work camp.

Because the camp is a camouflage.

Inside the camp is a hangar.

Beneath that hangar

Skynet has hidden its final weapon.

When Skynet realises it has lost,

it will deploy that weapon

to ensure its own survival.

We take it tonight,

or there is no tomorrow.

Then we'll take it.

You're my right hand, Reese,

and I've never thanked you for it.

You don't need to.

You gave us all a future, John.

I'm gonna use mine.

When this is all over,

I'm gonna find my parents' house.

Rebuild it.

Use my hands for

something other than killing.

How about you?

A cold beer would be good.

- That's some pretty big plans.

- Yeah.

Yeah, I guess

I don't think about it too much.

I can see that.

Well, I figure, whatever happens,

it's got to be better than this.

So many of us have died to get here.

I want you to know, Kyle, if there was

another way, I would have taken it.

We're moving out.

The machine thinks

that we cannot win!

The machine thinks that we will not

strike at the very heart of Skynet!

Yet, here we stand

on the precipice of the final battle.

If we die tonight,

mankind dies with us.


I look at each of you,

and I see the marks

of this long and terrible war.

Go! Go!

Perimeter breach.

Activate model 101.

For our children,

our children's children,

so they will not carry these marks.

But they will know who we are

and what we did.

That we did not bow down!

We did not give in!

We rose up, at this moment,

at this hour,

willing to sacrifice everything

so that they can live in freedom!

On this night,

we take back our world!

They're using the weapon!

We've got to get to the hangar.



You want me, I'm right here!

Colorado unit's reporting in.

Skynet's central core is down.

Repeat, Skynet has been destroyed.

John was right.

The Colorado unit succeeded,

and the machines fell.

But it was too late.

We found it, sir,

right where you said it would be.

What is that thing?


It's the first tactical time weapon.

Skynet just used it.

What the hell?

We'll need 15 minutes

to ready the machine, sir.

We're running coordinates,

we should have them

for you momentarily.

Los Angeles, 1984.

Los Angeles, May 12,

Skynet knew it was losing,

so it tried to rig the game.

It sent a terminator

back to the time before the war.

And who's the target?

My mother.

Sarah Connor.

If the machine succeeds,

I'll never be born.

They'll kill her first.

And by doing so, erase every victory

we've fought for, including tonight's.

There won't be a resistance

to challenge the machines.

With this one act, Skynet will win.

We can use the technology ourselves,

send someone back.

We don't even know if that'll work.

- I'll go!

- I'll go, sir!

- Right here.

- I'll go!

I'll go!

I'll volunteer!

I'll go back.

Why should I send you

over all of them?

Because I'd die for Sarah Connor.

All these people

would die for Sarah Connor.

What makes you any different?

You know why.

Everything you've told me about her.

I know her, John.

Let me save her.

No weapons?

We've measured the magnetic field,

it'll rip apart anything

not encased in living tissue.

Think tinfoil in a microwave

times a few billion,

nothing left but a crater.

No clothes, either.

She's going to think I'm crazy.

You knew the device would be here.

You knew when it'd be set for.

You knew the machines

would fall tonight.

Just before I go, tell me...

Tell you what?

Do you see the future?

No one can see the future, Reese.

Okay, then how do you know?

I cheat.

Sarah told me so much.

Gave me signposts.

When I was a kid,

it seemed like

my mother knew everything.

That must've been great.

Not really.

It stops here.

Once you go back, my knowledge ends.

That's as much as Sarah knew.

So no more cheating.

No more cheating.

The time you're going back to,

she won't be the warrior

that raised me, not yet.

She'll be scared and weak.

She won't know how to fight

or defend herself.

Her biggest worry

is making rent and tuition.

She's a waitress.

A what?


Never mind.

Just be ready for the fact

that she will need you,

but she won't know it.

Okay, so what do I say to her?

Even when I tell her who I am,

she's not gonna believe me.

Tell her this...

Thank you, Sarah,

for your courage during the dark years.

I can't help you with

what you must soon face,

except to say the future is not set.

There is no fate

but that which we make for ourselves.

You must be stronger

than you imagine you can be.

You must survive,

or I will never exist.

Take care of her for me, Kyle.

I will.

I promise you.

What you're doing right now,

this is the end of the war.

You didn't think

it would be that easy, did you?


Hey, birthday boy!

Present time. Let's go!

No way!

Genisys will auto-update

as soon as it comes online.

You'll have it the moment it comes out.

Just a few days more.

A straight line.

Remember, Genisys is Skynet.

When Genisys comes online,

Judgement Day begins.

You can kill Skynet before it's born.

Hey, hey...



Hey, bud.

Did you just see a real bright light?


It's my turn.

Hey, hey!

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Laeta Kalogridis

Laeta Elizabeth Kalogridis is an American screenwriter and an executive producer. She has written scripts for Alexander, Night Watch, Pathfinder and Shutter Island. more…

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