Movie Review: Terminator Genisys



Producer: David Ellis on, Dana Goldberg
Director: Alan Taylor
Writer: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier, and others
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Matt Smith
Plot:  Kyle Reese is sent back to the past to save John Connor’s mother, Sarah Connors,  only as he transports back to the past he sees what appears to be a terminator attacking John Connor.  When the terminator arrives he is met by another terminator much older that proceeds to tear him apart and Kyle runs into  a terminator a T-1000 liquid metal terminator and Sarah Connors arrives to say that immortal line “Come with me if you want to live!” Yes folks we’ve screwed with the time line again hang onto your product placement shoes it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

First of all I went with some friends to see this and it was the general consensus of all of us that the trailers made it look like it was better than it could be.  And we were pleasantly surprised when the movie turned out better than it should have been.  Arnold is enjoying himself in that movie especially when he says, “I’m old not obsolete” followed by what is supposed to be a grin but is in fact a grimace.   I may have to get a shirt silk screened with that slogan.   And while Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney are OK in the role first played by Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn, I only have one nit pick.

In this version of the time line the terminator was sent back when Sarah Connors was seven years old.  Let me say that again seven years old.  So this Sarah Connors has been trained by this T-800 for say a minimum of eleven years.  I really expect to see someone who looks like she could do the ninja warrior obstacle blindfolded.  Someone who looks like this:

Unfortunately we don’t get somebody that has trained most of their life to be an underground solder against we get a pleasantly curved young woman who looks like she is going to the prom after all of this is over.  This is my one major nitpick with the entire movie.

Other than that not too unhappy with story, it’s a time travel story and one caveat with all time travel stories is that there is always going to be something they will have gotten wrong.  Once you accept that you can enjoy the movie.  And I would say you can enjoy this movie, lot of action, maybe a little too much computer graphic scenes but not really too bad.  And the actors play off Arnold well.

Regarding families there is some nudity, non-frontal, swearing, fantasy violence with people being killed.  But it isn’t a splatter fest.  My rating for this is three stars go see it at a matinée.

 

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