Review: Terminator Genisys
I always think The Terminator is underrated as film, probably because of its epic sequel. Having seen the trailers for Terminator Genisys I was worried that this new Terminator film would just retell the first movie, to bring it up to date for those who have yet to see The Terminator. Terminator Genisys starts with John Connor (Jason Clarke) defeating SkyNet and sending Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke,) from The Terminator. Anyone who is a fan of the first film will be impressed by the return to 1984. Everything is set up down to Nike product placement.
Pretty much after the Nike product placement (ruining this review with that...) Kyle finds himself face to face to a new Sarah Connor and a new mission this time to go back to the future (couldn't resist). Sarah is aided by The Guardian (ah! it is The Terminator played by Arnie).
A review could dwell on the fact that Genisys isn't as good as either of the first two films but it clearly way above the third or fourth movies.
Fans of the series will enjoy the ties with the first two movies, from the opening 1984 sequence of events to the return of the Dyson family at Cyberdyne Systems. It is disappointed to see a CGI Cyberdyne Systems, Terminator 2’s action sequence at Cyberdyne Systems looks so real, something your made aware of with the CGI effects in Terminator Genesis.
It's an enjoyable action movie, Schwarzenegger’s dead pan delivery of excellent one-liners. The heart of the first two movies is missing. The film miss-fires on its all too nice ending, which tries desperately to connect with the audience, though there is a slight reprieve after the end credits. Let's just say the Terminator will be back.