Movie Review: “Terminator Genisys”

terrrWhen you’ve run through so many alternate timelines and time-travel-to-prevent-the-future scenarios that you wind up betraying the fine, lean lines of the original “Terminator…”

When you’ve run through Michael Biehn, Christian Bale and Sam Worthington, and the only actors left to play your “heroes” are little-known Aussies from “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (Jason Clarke) and the “Insurgent” series (Jai Courtney)…

When the best director available is Alan “Thor: The Dark World” Taylor.

When you’ve reduced the Teutonic Body Builder-turned Menace Arnold Schwarzenegger to an old man Terminator the others call “Pops…”

When your thinking has gone so soft that you think soft-and-supple Brit Emilia Clarke is any sort of replacement for Linda Hamilton…

When the best you can say about back-engineering, recycling one-liners, joking up and generally botching your way to a fourth “Terminator” movie, after a “Terminator” TV series, is that “It’s like ‘Terminator’s Greatest Hits!'”

When you’ve already put two sequels to this atrocity into the pre-production pipeline…

Maybe you should stop. Or maybe the rest of us, the movie-going, sci-fi loving, “Terminator” adoring public have to be the ones to say it.

“This ends here.”


MPAA Rating: PG – 13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief strong language

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke. Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Courtney B. Vance, J.K. Simmons
Credits: Directed by Alan Taylor, script by Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier . A Paramount


Running time: 2:06

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6 Responses to Movie Review: “Terminator Genisys”

  1. doombuggy says:

    But it had such a good trailer.

  2. jason says:

    OMG it was amazing. I know you are reviewing the story but there is so much AWESOME in this flick that you have missed…

    From the point you see young arnie hit the dias to go back in time it is a BRILLIANT reworking of the original movie. scenes camera angles wording, the exact same nikes. It was so deja vu that we went back and watched terminator 1 when we got home and checked it all.

    secondly the amount of tipping of the hat to the originals and the fact they basically backflipped terminator 1 conceptually was great. By that i mean in the first movie all the questions were about how they were disguising robots with skin and in the last it was a human being taken over by robotics thus asking the question of is there actually a point where one or the other winning is irrelevant.

    The action scenes other than the helecopter scenes were all remakes of the older movies in one way or another…….connor as a kid on a bike chased by a truck VS conner in a bus being chased by a bike….another flip.

    arnie getting his head through the windshield and asking him to pull over and get out where the T1000 melted through the screen. The getting hit by a truck at the end of T1 vs the T1000 getting hit by truck early in this one showing the super fast progression from T1 to T2 timelines in genisys.

    T3 the FemT1000 get trapped by the Collider where in this one the MRI machine does the same thing. The amazine mirror melt which is like the tile melt in T2.

    OMG there are so many tips of the hat that this deserves more respect. My main hope is that they actually use it as a closure piece as it is an amazing piece of work in my opinion….

    Basically they flashed through T1, T2 and T3 in the first half of the movie. Yeah sure the different timeline thing is a bit of an easy way out of the nasty web they weaved however they also eluded to the fact that someone else has sent back POPs which is from what i believe is a tip of a hat to the sarah connor chronicles TV series which basically puts them in the future and could be used to explain the pops going back to protect sarah in the 60s because i think the plot from series 3 actually was eluded to in some forums.

    All in all i think if you take it as a single movie you can burn it from a plat line aspect which is what you have done however if you sit down and watch T1-2-3-4-5 in series you will realise that the whole flipping of the concept and the tips of the hat are far more a feature than you are giving them

  3. jeffhanson1 says:

    Nothing worse than an old robot wearing tons of make-up being brought back as a main character. It’s even worse when that robot (in real life) was secretly making babies with the maid and living another life while married and while governor of California.

  4. zoltan says:

    Having seen this fim last night i consider it to be an absolute mockery of the original classic 1984 film. The obviously far-too- young stars involved had all the gravitas of slivers of cardboard cut-outs and although it could be argued that Arnie is now too old to play this iconic role, he could realistically have still made it an iconic return in a much more serious, character driven R-rated film as was the intent of the original 1984 concept. In short, this was a kid’s film, starring kids and aimed squarely at kids. It should never have been made


  5. haynes says:

    My wife and I went to see this movie, and not taking it to seriously thought it was good. The first terminator movie was considered a B movie that just took off. I consider this movie to be the same.

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