Terminator Genisys – The T-800 is back and much better than last seen!
War of the Movies: 7.5/10
Directed by Alan Taylor
Released on July 1, 2015
Running Time: 125 minutes
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
Kyle Reese, the right-hand man of John Connor, is being send back in 1984 by Connor himself in order to try and protect his mother, Sarah Connor, from the Terminator. However, a “nexus” happened, meaning that the timeline has been altered, the past changed and so by logic, did the future. Now, Sarah, Kyle and the T-800 must deal with those changes and risk their lives to stop Skynet, a software program that is waiting to be download in every technological devices, before it was released and took control of the world.
Up to this day, the best Terminator for me was the second one, and after the failed attempt of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the cast and crew had a lot of work to do to give a second breath back to this franchise. Terminator Genisys won’t be able to top the second film, or even the first one, but still it did a pretty great job at getting me hook back to this franchise. It is a full action-pack movie that won’t bored you, with special effects greater than it ever was (thanks to today technologies!). The script was a mix of drama and many times well-placed humor, not always coherent, and many times uneven, with lines that doesn’t always have its place. No Terminator won’t win best scenario at the Academy Awards, but for me, when I see a movie like Terminator, the script is not really the most important part, it’s being entertain, and that I was! However, if what you want to see is a film that makes you think of the first two opus, you are going to be disappointed. It’s a lot different than any other ones, for the first hour it will bring you back with nostalgia, after all Terminator wouldn’t be Terminator if he didn’t appear out of nowhere naked, and on top of that it’s a digital younger Arnold Schwarzenegger we see! But it’s the second hour that takes a much different turn than what we are use to. A bad thing? Not necessarily, it’s all about your point of view, if you prefer the nostalgia and memories, or if you don’t mind some changes and new things. The question that seems to be on the tip of the tongue of many… Is it a sequel or reboot?!? I can’t really say since even those who worked on the movie doesn’t share the same opinion and vision, but I’ll go for a mix of the two!
I heard and read many complains about the illogical timeline and the technologies we see in the movie, for example the use of laser guns in 2029, that it is impossible since in 2015 no rumors has been announced about this type of guns, and the film got stuck with a 80’s vision. And it’s true, we realize really quickly that their visions of the future really doesn’t come close to the reality, however, I have a different point of view. Yes laser guns probably will not happen anytime soon, but personally, I liked that the timeline follows the movies and not our reality, otherwise it would make less sense to try to adapt a movie with what we know, when the previous films had already shown that for them, that kind of technologies already exist.
The big downfall of this film? Unfortunately the actors… Emilia Clark as Sarah Connor lack a depth and sense of strength that we are used to see in her Game of Thrones character Daenerys Targaryen. However, I like the resemblance she has with Linda Hamilton, which brought back good memories. Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese left me indifferent, not bad but not great either. It seems that showing emotions isn’t is strength at all! Jason Clarke made a good a credible John Connor, the best one since Edward Furlong in 1991. Even if the film revolves more around Sarah Connor, it’s unsurprisingly Arnold Schwarzenegger who steals the show from the beginning to the end and save the poor acting of the others! He is absolutely priceless as a Terminator who tries to smile to act more human, a real treat and great addition to the film. The iconic phrase of the film? I’m old but I’m not obsolete, which is spot on for the Terminator! Is J.K. Simmons character really necessary to the story? Not really but I like the lightness he brought so I didn’t mind the sometimes incoherence that his scenes brought.
Overall, even with some flaws, Terminator Genisys is good action movie that will delight many and deserves to be seen on big screen. Script uneven, incoherent? In this case who really cares, it will be hard to deny and hide your pleasure if you are an action film lover! The fans will also be happy that Schwarzenegger officially announced that a sixth film will be shot next year.
Should I see it?
Arnold Schwarzenegger back as Terminator, a lot of action, of course you should, unless you like the type of film that is profound and has a really well-developed script!