Terminator Genisys is the fifth instalment in the Terminator franchise which was created back in 1984 by Oscar-winning director James Cameron. The movie was directed by Alan Taylor who directed Thor: The Dark World. It has been a while since we’ve seen a new Terminator and it has been even longer since we’ve seen a good Terminator movie. In the new instalment the catch-phrase “old, but not obsolete” is used repeatedly and based on its name, the creators of Terminator Genisys aimed to breath new life into a classic franchise. Did they succeed? Let’s take a look:
Terminator Genisys follows a story where the leader of the human resistance, John Connor (portrayed by Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (portrayed by Jai Courtney) back to 1984 – before “judgment day” when Skynet took over the world. Reese is tasked with protecting John Connor‘s mother, Sarah Connor (portrayed by Emilia Clarke). Skynet plan to end Sarah Connor‘s life before she can give birth to the legendary John Connor. The plot might sound familiar because it starts off almost identical to the first Terminator movie back in 1984. This time around however Reese ends up in an alternative timeline where the past has changed and future events are no longer clear. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as a T-800, but this time as an ally to the humans and the guardian of Sarah Connor, who lovingly calls him Pops.
Overall, the acting was pretty solid. Arnold Schwarzenegger did what he does best – look tough, talk in a thick accent and have cheesy (but iconic) one-liners. He even says his iconic “I’ll be back” line that will live on forever. Because he portrays a more “human” cyborg in Terminator Genisys, he becomes even more hilarious in his robotic and unemotional ways. Jason Clarke portrays the role of John Connor and delivers a very powerful and diverse performance and successfully made me hate him and love him at the same time. Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese is another solid performance with lots of emotion. I’m sad to say that Emilia Clarke’s performance was disappointing. I was convinced that she was going to rock the role of Sarah Connor because she portrays such a powerful mother (of dragons none-the-less) in Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, Clarke’s portrayal of the iconic, bad-ass mother was a bit shaky but she still had some awesome moments and definitely looked the part.
There are some cringe-worthy forced emotional and comedy moments that just didn’t pan-out. With that being said, the movie is really funny at times and some of the awkward acting moments actually make it even more entertaining.
The movie obviously looks amazing and the special effects really shine (especially if you watch it in 3D). The CGI makes the sci-fi elements of the movie seem more realistic than you’ve ever experienced in the Terminator franchise. Terminator Genisys has lots of muscle, great sci-fi ideas, an original and thrilling plot, time-travel, massive explosions and epic fights – what more do you actually need from a Terminator movie?
All-in-all I reckon it’s the best Terminator since the original movies created by James Cameron. In fact, Cameron has even praised Terminator Genisys saying that:
I start to see things I recognise. It’s being very respectful of the first two films. Then all of a sudden, it swerves. And now I’m going on a journey. I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance.
If you’re a die-hard fan you will probably dig the movie more than the previous two movies, but not more than the original two. If you are new to the franchise, Terminator Genisys is a great start to getting into this action-packed franchise and I reckon it’s a solid setup for future instalments.