It was all looking so rosy. Terminator: Genisys was going to be released to a rapturous reception, kicking-off a stand-alone trilogy after a seven-year absence for the Terminator franchise, with a TV series planned into the bargain – or so we thought.
A relatively modest performance at the box office for Genisys, as well as some lukewarm responses from the critics, has meant that the future is far from certain and the big cheeses at Paramount are beginning to wonder if it’s all really worth it.
To be fair, all of this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. After all, how many franchises are still burning brightly five films in? Also, if 2008’s Terminator: Salvation proved one thing, it’s that things aren’t quite the same without a main role for the main man; and, let’s be honest, how much longer can Arnie keep doing this for?
But it’s not all bad news. Although Genisys underperformed like Jimmy White in a world championship snooker final, it has still made a pretty penny – just not pretty enough. Not only that, but there is still the lucrative Chinese market to tap into. As for the critics, not all were disappointed. Check out the review from Roobla‘s very own Sammy-Jo Shaw and you’ll see that there’s more than a few crumbs of comfort.
There’s nothing we can add here to what’s already been said about the class of the first two instalments. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines wasn’t a bad effort and, besides, it was almost as if it had to be made. With Salvation, it became clear that things were starting to slow down a little, so in many people’s eyes that should have been it.
However, there are still plenty of like-minded souls out there who say long may it continue, but they will be more than a little anxious when Paramount decides on its next move.
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