Title – Terminator Genisys (2015)
Director – Alan Taylor (Thor 2: The Dark World)
Cast – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, J.K Simmons, Matt Smith
Plot – Time traveling hero Kyle Reese (Courtney) must save Sarah Conner (Clarke)…. again, while one time bad guy terminator now called Pops (Schwarzenegger) will protect them…… again while a raft of baddies from Skynet try to kill them……. again.
“I’m old, not obsolete”
Review by Eddie on 5/11/2015
“I don’t think I will be back” – the new slogan that Arnold Schwarzenegger should consider using after the lacking Terminator Genisys failed to ignite any type of box office glory or audience love upon release earlier this year.
Strange to think that a movie that made in excess of $450 million worldwide could be considered a failure but with huge amounts of money invested and more films promised a lot rested on Thor 2:The Dark World director Alan Taylor’s entry to the beloved franchise and with two preceding films before it in the forms of Rise of the Machines and Salvation that weren’t exactly quality films, Genisys’s failure to do anything more than raise the odd smile really does seem like the final death knell for this once indestructible franchise.
The crux of Genisys problems quite simply stem down to the fact the time traveling component of its story is both tired and overly complicated and in a modern age where set pieces need to try harder than ever to wow its audiences, Genisys’s abundance of action moments fail to raise much excitement.
Terminator built itself up on the back of both thrilling action, simple and effective stories and likeable characters and while his there in a physical sense the Governator has well and truly outgrown his iconic character and his appearance in this newest entry is unfortunately just kind of sad. He still gets to smile awkwardly and rehash old catch phrases but the time has passed where that was enough to win us over.
With the Terminator himself being a real non-event the new additions to the series as old character favourites, Australian’s Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese and Jason Clarke as John Connor fail to fire without being dire and Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke really fails the iconic Sarah Connor with a performance that casts serious doubts on her ability to function outside of George R.R Martin’s dragon filled world.
If this is indeed the last entry into the Terminator series as we know and once loved then it’s a shame and while Genisys has tiny moments that save it from 1 star relegation it does now feel as though the world has passed this series by and for it to succeed in any form in the years to come it needs to go places we’ve not yet been, which will mean no more homages to past glories and no more “I’ll be back’s”.
2 conveniently experienced helicopter pilots out of 5