1. We do not really know what this movie is about. The ‘official’ line is:
“Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick’s father used to read this story to him as a boy. The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?”
2. What we can gather from the trailer is that it’s about some fella with lots of money and girlfriends and he is unhappy. Poor sod.
3. It is from Terrence Malick. Wild, dreamy and beautiful films are kind of his thing. To some his Tree of Life (2011) was a characterful masterpiece and his The Thin Red Line (1998) was a philosophical wonder. To others they are dull and laboured. We loved them.
1.Chris Hemsworth stows his big hammer and picks up a computer. He is a convicted black hat hacker who negotiates his release in return for helping to track down a cyber terrorist.
2. A black hat hacker is someone who hacks a computer for malicious gain. A white hat hacker is someone who hacks a computer to reveal any weakness in the system so they can be fixed. A grey hat hacker is… you get the idea.
4. If you really want to see someone hacking in to mainframes via yet another secret back door then go see Sneakers (1992). It’s an oldie but a goldie.
5. Blackhat’s director Michael Mann has not received many accolades since hits The Insider (1999) and The Last of Mohicans (1992). He likes to mix up the good guys with the bad guys and he loves a bittersweet ending to his films and we can expect much the same here.
6. He can knock out a decent car ad and a good enough Nike ad when he wants to.
1. John Connors’ trusted lieutenant/father Kyle Reese is sent back in time to protect his mother. However, things are not really as they are meant to be as both Skynet and Connors have sent all kinds of Terminators back in time already.
2. Before you start, this is how Genisys is spelt for the sake of the film.
3. The Terminator franchise is in trouble. The Halcyon Company filed for bankruptcy protection and tried to sell the rights for $60-$70 million. The only bid was from Joss Whedon for $10,000. Eventually Pacificor, the hedge fund that pushed Halcyon into bankruptcy in the first place, made a deal for $29.5 million and set about selling off the various bits of the franchise.
4.Arnold Schwarzenegger is showing all of his 67 years. The T-800 is clearly an human-like aging model. He totally redeems himself by landing a Harley on top of a moving train and turning himself in to a stinger missile in the trailer though.
6.James Cameron was approached to make this film but is too busy spending his Titanic (1997) wealth on Blue Star Wars (2009). He did however have a number of meetings with producers to discuss Arnold’s role and the film’s story lines. His two Terminators were very good.
7. Terminator: Genisys is the first part of another new trilogy. Terminator Salvation (2009) was also meant to kick off it’s own trilogy but Skynet went back in time and made it rubbish.