Kicking off in the Future War, with Jason Clarke's (Zero Dark Thirty) battle scarred and embittered John Connor, things appear normal for the Terminator franchise. But when Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) volunteers to go back in time and save John's mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), he arrives to discover that the timeline has been tinkered with and things are very different.
This is not the Sarah Connor we first met in The Terminator (1984). Instead, this Sarah has lost her parents to a Terminator attack but raised by an ageing version of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800. And Kyle will need her help when an Asian model of the morphing metal T-1000 threatens his life.
Together, Sarah and Kyle must figure out what has happened and find a way to once more stop Judgment Day from happening. There's certainly a lot to take in here – this thing is chock full of nods to the first two films (and, to a lesser extent, Terminator Salvation's war-torn future), but some of them feel like channelling nostalgia in the hopes of drawing a reaction. Still, it's fun to ponder Arnie taking on himself and all the little elements lurking within. Director Alan Taylor and his team have clearly gone all out with the set pieces, though the Golden Gate Bridge must be wishing somewhere else would get a turn at chaos...
With Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), J.K. Simmons (Contraband), Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) and Sandrine Holt (Underworld: Awakening) among the cast, Terminator: Genisys is set to arrive in our cinemas on 3 July next year.