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TERMINATOR GENISYS

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

126 minutes, rated PG-13

STUDIO: Paramount Pictures/ Skydance Productions

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 7-1-2015

 

STARRING Arnold Schwarzenegger (Guardian/ Pops, T-800), Emila Clarke (Sarah Connor), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), Jason Clarke (John Connor)

WRITTEN by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier

DIRECTED by Alan Taylor

In 2029, John Connor (Jason Clarke) and the human resistance wage a final battle on two fronts to destroy Skynet- one force goes to destroy Skynet while another with John Connor and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) go after Skynet’s secret weapon (a time machine).   Kyle is sent back to 1984 to stop the Terminator sent to kill Sarah Connor (John’s mother played by Emila Clarke of GAME OF THRONES fame), but not before he sees John attacked by a T-5000 (Matt Smith) as the time machine activates.   John gets memories from an alternate timeline and he arrives in 1984 to find the past John told him about has changed.   He is chased by a T-1000 (Lee Byung-hun), but he is rescued by Sarah and her Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) which she refers to as Pops that saved her when she was 9.    John is able to convince Sarah they must travel to 2017 to stop a new form of Skynet hiding under the name of Genisys from going online and they must also fight a T-3000 (a man infected by machine and turned into one) whose mission is to protect the birth of Skynet in this altered timeline.

 

TERMINATOR GENISYS is a reboot of sorts while also being a sequel to the first two TERMINATOR films.   It has a solid story with plenty of action and a better script than the last two TERMINATOR films (even though I am a fan of the flawed TERMINATOR SALVATION and wish a sequel was made to that movie years ago).   Arnold Schwarzenegger is in fine form as the Terminator guardian while failing to fit in as a human to comedic results.   Emila Clarke is good as Sarah Connor (while now I wait for Linda Hamilton to be cast one of these days on GAME OF THRONES so all Sarah Connor actors can be on that show) while Jai Courtney isn’t bad as Kyle Reese (and giving a better performance than he did in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD).   The movie starts familiar while throwing in some new twists (like Sarah fighting against her destiny to be with Kyle and the altered timeline with memories that Kyle never originally had), but I wish they didn’t spoil the big twist in the second theatrical trailer and all of the TV commercials.  Remember to stay around for the middle of the end credits for a scene that teases a possible sequel and maybe even the TV series (that Skydance is developing too).   TERMINATOR GENISYS will be a more satisfying sequel/ reboot for fans that enjoyed the first two films and didn’t quite enjoy the last two sequels.

 

This review is 7-3-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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