So initially I had no plans to see this movie, until a friend invited me and I figured it would at least be nice to hang out with her. I’m going to be as general as I can with the details of the movie to avoid spoilers, and focus on the positives and negatives I noticed. This is what I gathered from seeing Terminator Genisys…….
First off, they pull a Batman & Robin and start off the opening credits with Schwarzenegger, because the producers think he’s the selling point of this movie, even though he’s not the central character, just like Batman & Robin. Genisys starts of with a little narration about the background of Kyle Reese (Played by Jai Courtney) and the state of the fight against Skynet in the future. At this point we’re also introduced to another main character named John Connor (Played by Jason Clarke) and start to see the relationship between the two. The beginning of the film is where I had most of the issues with, because…
- Some of the Visual Effect shots looked noticeably off or not realistic
- There was a particular scene where I thought the dialogue contradicted itself and was trying to lead you to something that everyone already knew was going to happen.
- Personally, I wouldn’t have been too invested in what would happen throughout the rest of the movie if Courtney and Clarke were be at the helm based on their performance roughly 20-30 minutes into the movie.
Now in order to fulfill his set mission, Kyle Reese is sent back to 1984 (which I think everyone could deduct from the trailer, which gave too much of the movie away), where we are introduced to the 4 best performances of Terminator: Genisys. You can already guess two of them, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Emilia Clarke (who by the way stole the movie in my opinion. I was at least curious to see her perform outside of Game of Thrones, and man did she OWN it!). The other two being Byung-Hun Lee, who plays the liquid metal T-1000 & a familiar face who is not seen in the trailers & had a performance that blew many people away in 2014 (Please don’t look it up if you plan on seeing the movie).
The story seems to flow at a pace that seems “convenient” for the intended story. As in there are other ways that you could think of to solve the problem and certain situations happen to give the movie more “bang for your buck”. I will give you an example, along with time traveling to 1984, there is also a trip to 2017, I will leave the details out but know this, if you are planning to go see Terminator: Genisys, prepare for a barage of convenience and in at least 3 instances, stupid plot points. The action scenes were good, not great, but good. There are a few scenes that will make you smile, and a few where you will say “WTF” in a bad way.
On a positive note, there is plenty of humor in this movie, most of which involving Arnold. His performance was awesome & in some ways, very reminiscent of the Terminator we love. Also going back to a point I made before, Byung-Hun Lee gave one of the best performances of the film. I really wished he was included in the movie a LOT longer than he was. As far as Jason Clarke’s performance goes, I will say this. I didn’t connect with him in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Terminator Genisys is no different.
Overall: Terminator Genisys is filled with flaws, but is entertaining and is at least worth a trip to the theater if you’re curious enough or just a big Terminator fan. As far as a rating goes, I’ll give it a 7/10, 70/100, D, 3.5/5, whichever grade scale works for you. It was better than what I originally thought it was going to be.
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