For a franchise that seemingly has heavily stumbled after its first two monumental films from the past century, "Terminator: Genisys" is a surprise and a much needed breather. While people may easily dismiss that the film is yet another addition in a list of failed sequels, an unnecessary one at that even, we beg to differ. "Terminator: Genisys" has glaring faults - there's no denying that fact - but at its core, as hollow as it may be, it is also one heck of an enjoyable film to watch.
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 a new T-800 terminator, a guardian nicknamed Pops (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: to reset the future.
Like how Arnold's line in the film goes, "Old but not obsolete", "Terminator: Genisys" feels like a film that could rejuvenate the franchise with its frenetic pace and action-packed sequences. Simply put, the film is extremely enjoyable and fun to watch. Ironically, it is also these elements that limit what the film adds up into the franchise. In our opinion, the story and characters themselves (minus Arnold's character of Pops) seemed empty. The characters in particular never jived together and their simplified and amped-up selves never made us be into their plights. The only exception is Pops. For a robot, he was the one who gave the occasional emotional and comedic dose that the film needed. The story was normal at best but could confuse a lot especially those who never watched any of the previous films. The biggest stumbling block on that front though is revealing who John Connor really is in its marketing materials. That alone, the shock of finding out that John becomes a terminator himself, could have turned around the film greatly. Overall, "Terminator: Genisys" turns out to be a little bit too generic but still an enjoyable one to experience and one that bests out the third and fourth films in our books.
Rating: 3 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- frenetic pace and outstanding action makes this enjoyable and fun
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- films turns out to be more generic than innovative
In DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” first trailer, Po and the gang is back with three times the force and adventure! Po (voiced by Jack Black) is now considered as the legendary Dragon Warrior. How? By saving the world a few times. Along with his best buddies, Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Crane (David Cross), Viper (Lucy Liu) and Mantis (Seth Rogen), Po continues kung-fu training under the tutelage of Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman).
The trailer shows that Po has finally met his father (Byran Cranston) in a very heartwarming and hilarious scene wherein the whole village sighed in frustration when the two didn’t immediately realize they’re both the father and son they’ve long been searching for.
Prepare for “Kung Fu Panda 3” when it opens this 2016 in cinemas nationwide. You can also check out the Philippines’ own “Kung Fu Panda 3” website here: http://www.kungfupandamovie-ph.com/ to keep up with awesomeness!
Universal Pictures has released two poster artworks for its upcoming adult comedy “Ted 2” – one celebrates friendship; the other heralds the return of everyone's favorite teddy bear – or does it? Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of “Ted 2”, the follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time.
When they accidentally lose yet another master, Kevin, Stuart and Bob lead the charge for their fellow Minions in search of the next master to serve, in Universal Pictures' new adventure comedy “Minions.” Their harrowing journey is far from easy, but the quest that is chronicled in the film will introduce us to everything we’ve ever wondered about them.
Kevin (Pierre Coffin) is the proud and protective “big brother” who knows that Minions without a master are Minions without a purpose. It’s Kevin who steps up and ventures out into the world with Stuart and Bob to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.
Stuart (Pierre Coffin) is the “middle brother” of the Minions who feels hungry, mostly, and loves being a rebellious guitar player. Although the perennial adolescent has a short attention span and is a bit apathetic about the mission, he will certainly help Kevin and Bob find the biggest, baddest villain to serve.
Bob (Pierre Coffin) is the innocent and eager “little brother” of the Minions. He embodies unconditional love for everyone and everything, and is a little nervous to go on an unknown journey with Stuart and Kevin.
Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock) is the world’s first female super-villain. She is a unique combination of quick-tempered and impeccably stylish. Kevin, Stuart and Bob are drawn to her for her ability to mastermind incredible heists, and they are simultaneously terrified of and smitten by her. Scarlet hires the Minions as her henchmen and charges them with their first mission: to embark on a criminal heist that takes them to London as she attempts to achieve her lifelong dream: becoming the Queen.
Herb Overkill (Jon Hamm) is Scarlet’s mod husband and a mad scientist. Herb can usually be found in the lab inventing extraordinary ’60s-inspired gadgetry while always loving and supporting Scarlet. Known just as much for his swanky sartorial choices as he is for his ability to invent, there is nothing that Herb won’t do to champion his wife.
When he’s not a straight-laced, nerdy dad and devoted husband, Walter Nelson (Michael Keaton) is a quite-accomplished bank robber. You read that right. Walter is the patriarch of a crime-happy family of felons who meet Kevin, Stuart and Bob on their way to Villain-Con, a secret convention in Orlando where villains gather annually. If you’re a Minion who has to hitchhike across the country, there is no better chaperone.
Madge Nelson (Allison Janney), the Bonnie to Walter’s Clyde, shows you can never judge a book by its cover. Madge gleefully is the co-leader of the crime-happy Nelson family, who pick up the hitchhiking Kevin, Stuart and Bob to join Walter and their kids on their way to a family stickup.
Professor Flux (Steve Coogan) has long postulated that time is, well, relative. When the Minions encounter him at Villain-Con, they found that he’s invented a time machine and brought future versions of himself to help out in his lab. Now that he has (almost) perfected time travel, the professor is this close to changing what we’ve long held to believe is the space-continuum….
The Tower Guard (Steve Coogan) is proof positive that age doesn’t matter. When Kevin, Stuart and Bob are charged with breaking into the Tower of London to steal the Queen’s jewels for Scarlet, they think it’ll be a piece of cake to get past this hard-of-hearing and almost-blind old man. Or will it?
The Queen (Jennifer Saunders) has seen everything and ruled England for decades before the Minions hit her shore. And she’s about to find out what happens when a super-villain plots to steal her Crown Jewels and take her out of the game for good.
The Narrator (Geoffrey Rush) bookends this chapter in Kevin, Stuart and Bob’s journey and walks us through how our heroes came to be, what they’ve been up to and just where they’re going.
Opening across the Philippines on July 08, “Minions” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
Based on the phenomenal Manga created by Hajime Isayama, “Attack on Titan” is a live-action movie directed by Shinji Higuchi and written by Yusuke Watanabe and Tomohiro Machiyama. The story of the live-action movie will be based on the manga but will include some original aspects and will be supervised by the author, Hajime Isayama.
More than a hundred years has passed since humans have seen the Titans. Set in an unknown future, humanity remembered, when Titans suddenly reappeared. The majority of the human race was eaten and civilization collapsed. The survivors of the war built three walls to prevent the invasion of the Titans, and kept the peace by securing the remaining living inside. After a hundred years, the wall has been breached and the day the humans feared the most has arrived.
“Attack on Titan” will open this August 12 nationwide from Pioneer Films.
In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, “Kung Fu Panda 3.” When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!
Produced by Melissa Cobb and directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni, “Kung Fu Panda 3’s” returning and new voice cast includes Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Bryan Cranston and Rebel Wilson. A DreamWorks Animation presentation “Kung Fu Panda 3” kicks in cinemas March 17, 2016 in the Philippines.