The rules have been reset in first throwback trailer for Terminator: Genisys

We’re still a little confused about all the twisty timelines, but there’s no arguing the first trailer for Terminator: Genisys looks surprisingly awesome.

Clocking in as the fifth film in what has sadly become a tired franchise, Genisys (despite the silly title) looks like it’s shaping up to be a nice combo of old and new concepts from across the franchise spectrum. We have future action — akin to Terminator: Salvation — along with some scenes taken straight from the iconic Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It’s a nice mix on display.

There are also more than a few nods to the original two films, and some of the set pieces definitely have that 1990s action flick vibe that the past few installments have sorely lacked. We also get some throwback baddies, with a young T-800 and a new-look T-1000 all on display to wreak havoc for the team. Oh, and the future John Connor face scars. The scars.

Plus, c’mon, who doesn’t geek out when old-man Arnold steps up with a shotgun? As far as the storyline, some more elements finally start to come together, and we think the fact that the word “reset” is actually used in the tagline is quite telling. If all goes as planned, this might be the first of many adventures for Emilia Clarke’s Sarah Connor and Jai Courtney’s Kyle Reese.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:

Terminator: Genisys opens July 1, 2015.

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