Terminator Genisys Review

To be honest it wasn’t until 2 months ago that I go excited about this film. To me, this franchise ended after the 2nd film but James Cameron had words of praise for this film. What a difference that makes eh.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator in Terminator Genisys from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator in Terminator Genisys from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

The Plot

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.

Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

Left to right: Emilia Clarke plays Sarah Connor, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, and Jai Courtney plays Kyle Reese in Terminator Genisys from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.
Left to right: Emilia Clarke plays Sarah Connor, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, and Jai Courtney plays Kyle Reese in Terminator Genisys from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

The Verdict

The first 10 or 15 minutes of the film starts on a very familiar note until everything turns on it’s head. This film is actually a reboot but their approach to it was more of a reset, an alternate timeline. Kinda like what J.J. Abrams did with Star Trek.

The casting is pretty good, after all who doesn’t love Emilia Clarke. She does well as Sarah Connor but no one can really fill the shoes of Linda Hamilton, she’s in a class of her own. Jai Courtney in my opinion brings a lot more as Kyle Reese, definitely a favourite for me.

But the stand outs have to be first Jason Clarke as John Connor. It’s a different take on John Connor (which I’m sure you’ve seen from the trailers by now). Christian Bale’s version remains a personal favourite but this portrayal by Jason Clarke feels more unique and it’s got more depth as opposed to angst. Great to see that we are learning about more characters instead of just Sarah Connor and a teenage version of John Connor.

Now, Arnold nails it. He’s 67 and playing an “old” Terminator. They work around this by saying his organics can age but the machine inside is still very fuctional. Gotta say, I love Arnie more in this version. He’s seasoned, very cool and rugged.

Having said all that, this movie is a little confusing with lots of back and forth time travel. The producers have already indicated that this reboot is the start of a new trilogy. Well that just means more Emilia Clarke for me.

TERMINATOR GENISYS

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The old man said he’d be back!

Terminator Genisys opens in cinemas 25 June 2015

Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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