Directed By: Alan Taylor
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Courtney B. Vance, Byung-Hun Lee, Sandrine Holt, Michael Gladis, et.al.
After helping John Connor defeat Skynet once and for all, Kyle Reese is sent back in time to protect John’s mother, Sarah, from a Terminator sent to kill John before he can be born. However, while Kyle is being transported, John is attacked, and the past that Kyle is sent to leads to a different future than the one he originally came from. Teaming up with a battle-ready Sarah Connor and the Terminator sent to protect her after her parents were killed in an earlier attack, Kyle directs them to 2017, the year that Judgment Day is now set to take place. Aided by a police officer who witnessed an attack on Kyle by a T-1000, they attempt to put a stop to Skynet once and for all, and put history back into place.
This reboot of the popular franchise isn’t necessarily bad, per se, but it’s not great, either. Despite getting James Cameron’s seal of approval before its release, poor critical and fan reviews all but ensured the planned trilogy wouldn’t be fully realized. The storyline itself is interesting, and puts a different spin on the What-Ifs of previous sequels. Another ding on the movie is the fact that the two leads don’t have the chemistry of their predecessors, and come off as if they’re playing against a sibling rather than a soulmate. Other than that, the actors seem to work well together, and Jason Clarke looks reasonably like someone who could be a child of Emilia Clarke (no relation) and Jai Courtney. This movie may have actually faired better had a large plot twist not been spoiled by the trailers and posters for the movie, which turned off a number of fans and potential moviegoers. Had that not happened, the movie itself may have been better received, and potentially been able to play out the 3-movie arc that was originally planned.
The special effects are all well done. In addition to explosions and bullet strikes, there are also some CGI graphics. Since the movie was meant to be seen in 3D, there are also some effects that would have added depth to the scenes. All background filler is unnoticeable.
Anyone looking for a decent sci-fi/action movie would probably enjoy this, so long as they’re not huge fans of the original. All in all, it’s a rather harmless way to burn a couple of hours, and viewers don’t need to pay much attention to the plot once the ball gets rolling.
Terminator: Genisys isn’t available free to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.
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