James Cameron, the helmer of the Terminator series, dished about his experience watching Terminator: Genisys and how, according to him, it is a sequel to the first two films of the franchise.
In the special recently released Yahoo! featurette, Cameron stated that he had minimal involvement with the film and that he was essentially watching the fifth installment as a fanboy. The director's dialogue is interspersed with footage from the film and as he suggests that Genisys is "being very respectful of the first two films." We see a few scenes from the movie that pay tribute to the original -- particularly the scene where Arnold Schwarzenegger as the younger Terminator encounters the bunch of punks on earth, cut to the older Schwarzenegger as the Guardian coming to combat his younger self.
"I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance," he says.
Cameron also talks about the pivotal characters that audiences have come to love through the series.
"In the new film, although in my mind its the third film, we see Arnold take the character even further," he says. "Everybody responds to Sarah Connor, for women that she represents a kind of empowerment and yet there is a vulnerability there because that strength comes at a price."
Cameron also dishes about the other major plot twist in the movie, which is John Connor (Jason Clarke) playing a villainous role.
"The idea of taking John Connor and flipping him to the bad guy, it's pretty cool because you've got to riff against expectations," Cameron says.
Finally, Cameron gives his stamp of approval to Genisys, saying, "If you like the Terminator films, you're going to love this movie."
Terminator: Genisys is scheduled to release on July 1.
Watch the featurette: