James Cameron Says Terminator Genisys Is Good

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There’s no gun pointing at him when he says it, either.

It seems like everyone has given up hope for Terminator Genisys. The newest entry in the Terminator series is coming after the solid but goofy Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and the supposedly bad Terminator: Salvation (I haven’t bothered with it), and even though improving upon them shouldn’t be that hard, nothing in the marketing for the new film has been encouraging. Paramount must realize that, too, because less than a month before Terminator Genisys is set for release, James Cameron, director of the series’ only good films, has come out singing its praises in a video endorsement.

It’s easy to be cynical and say Cameron doesn’t actually mean what he’s saying, but I don’t buy that. Cameron is crazy super rich enough that no check is going to turn him into a shill, and he wasn’t put in front of the camera against his will. So when Cameron says that he considers Terminator Genisys the third film in the series (sorry, T3 and Salvation), and that he feels “like the franchise has been reinvigorated,” it raises my interest in what director Alan Taylor has made, something that hasn’t been accomplished by any piece of marketing or quote from people that were actually involved in the film’s production.

Now, I’m still not sold on Terminator Genisys (and will never be sold on that title). However, Cameron might have convinced me to buy a ticket and give the film a chance, something that I wasn’t heavily considering before. Even if I check out Terminator Genisys and it blows, I won’t doubt that Cameron enjoyed the film. Remember, James Cameron doesn’t do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is… James Cameron.

Terminator Genisys hits theaters on July 1.

– Jeremy