Remember how that movie didn't necessarily bring up the plot points of the first few Rambo movies, but definitely still made it clear that Rambo had seen some shit? Jason Bourne needs that kind of fresh start. He needs to deal with people who have never dealt, nor ever will deal with, the Shadier Shit Division of the government. He can still leap through glass windows and perform grappling techniques and act sad about a past that mostly consisted of him running to and from guns, but he gets to do it in a movie that's inviting to people that haven't memorized The Bourne Ultimatum. It'll take a while for Matt Damon's Forever 32 face to get as craggy and worn as Sylvester Stallone's, but I have a feeling that audiences will be willing to wait.
Time Travel Has Become Terminator's Worst Enemy
The original Terminator is kind of like Back To The Future, if the movie was about Biff going back in time to slaughter George McFly. It's a very simple story about time travel. Someone has to stop something from happening, because otherwise worse shit will happen. However, because time travel was introduced in the first movie, it sets up a series that operates in multiple realities. "Here's what's going on, here's what people want to prevent from going on, here's where we'll go to prevent the thing that could go on / is going on from going on, and here's the viewing public, not bothering to see Terminator: Genisys."
He'll be back. American moviegoers, on the other hand ...
Terminator: Genisys was like a Weird Al parody of the Terminator franchise. It's not a very confusing movie on paper, but it becomes infinitely more confusing due to how little you care about it. Why would you make a movie like this? You're so busy being baffled by the awfulness of it all that by the time you get past that and to the actual different timelines plot, the movie is a labyrinth that you can't be bothered to find a way out of. So you kind of sit down in the middle of it and wait until it's over. It's all you can do.
I also don't have anything against old Arnold being in another Terminator film. If it seemed like he was going to fall apart at any moment, I'd want them to pull the reins back a bit, but Schwarzenegger looks like he's spent his later years hunting, fighting, killing, and eating the occupants of California's retirement communities. He can snap my neck with a glance. But I do think that if they want to continue with a franchise that most people haven't been interested in since 1991, they need to go back to basics. Hell, they need to go back to before the basics. They need a movie that doesn't even make a whisper about time nonsense.
We need a straightforward action film which features no leaps of logic, which doesn't require you to see any other Terminator movie, and which simply gets you excited about the prospect of Terminators being a relevant thing in pop culture. And if you think that Terminator fans are clamoring for the chance to have even more trouble describing the latest film to their friends, I beg of you to rewatch Terminator: Genisys and see if your genuine reaction is "Yes, that but more."
The Terminator has an extended fight with Tommy Caffee from Brotherhood. God, how could that go wrong?
Set it in any period you want, whether it's the present or the future or the Roaring Twenties. But stay there, and pit Arnold against robots or other muscular armed men, or particularly angsty wildlife. We have the cinematic proof that those scenarios will work. Arnold's resume shows that almost any scenario works as long as he gets the chance to pummel that scenario.
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