Arnie is back in Terminator Genisys, directed by Alan Taylor, the latest installment in the Terminator franchise but this time things are different, Kyle Reese is sent back to the past from the future by John Connor to protect his mother, Sarah Connor in the past from attempts from Skynet to kill her but as he arrives in the past, things aren’t the way they should be. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons.
Genisys starts off like the traditional Terminator movies with time travel and an initial goal being set for a character to go into the past to either kill or protect Sarah Connor (or John Connor) and this time Kyle Reese is the one sent back to 1984, with the future resistance and John Connor presuming that Sarah is weak and unaware of future events and Terminators. Things are a lot different this time though and that’s where things get a bit strange, the plot is easy enough to follow but some things will probably leave you scratching your head, as some of the characters in the film itself do but Genisys takes the central time travel aspect of the series and plays with it a bit.
That tinkering made for an overall interesting plot with a few twists and turns, with the big one unfortunately being already out there as the trailers spoiled it, but still I thought it was a new, exciting avenue to take the Terminator series down, the performances in the film are all generally pretty good. Arnie brings his veteran T-800 deadpan delivery and is great in fight scenes, while Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese and Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor are both decent, while Jason Clarke as John Connor is great.
Even the supporting characters who play minor roles are decent enough, J.K. Simmons and Matt Smith, though Smith in particular would have been great if he was given a bigger role. The plot is alright feels non stop, with very few breaks in action for slower moments with the new T-1000 as ruthless and unrelenting as ever, while Jason Clarke as the new Terminator was pretty awesome, the new poly-metal (I may be saying that wrong) design was a nice touch and brought new a new dynamic as a new Terminator that had to be fought with in a new, different way.
The action in the film in general was good, though unspectacular, there simply aren’t many memorable scenes from it, though the golden gate bridge school bus flip was pretty fantastic. And on the whole visuals look great, from the new Terminator, to the re-touched, younger looking Arnie and to the various forms the Terminators take on, the effects for the new John Connor especially look pretty cool.
I really didn’t find too much to be disappointed in and I think it’s an engaging, fun new entry to the franchise, it has its problems for sure with some wooden acting and probably a host of time travel mind bending plot holes but it’s a solid Terminator film and does something new, which for the most part works for the story.
. Interesting new design for terminators
. Decent action
. More Time travel that further convolutes the Terminator timeline