Terminator Genisys: Movie Review
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
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