Terminator: Genisys (2015) Review

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In the year 2029, John Conner (Jason Clarke) is at war with with Skynet and their Terminators, along with his partner Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney). John then decides to send Kyle back to the year 1984 in order to save Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and prevent Judgment Day from happening. However, after Kyle is sent back, the past is not how Kyle was told it would be. Everything has been reset, the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) that was assigned to kill Sarah is now working with her and Sarah knows of her future. Now, with Skynet one step ahead of the trio, they must work in order to find a new way to take them down and reset the future.

When the trailer for Genisys first came out, I was excited to see many parallels with the first two films, and of course see Arnold back as the legendary Terminator. But the plot this time around seemed more complex than the previous installments. But upon seeing it, it really isn’t as complicated as the trailers gave off. It helps to have knowledge of the first two films. Genisys not only works as a sequel but it also works as a literal reboot to the series. This installment doesn’t ignore the first two films or consider them irrelevant. It more so adds to it by taking the story into another dimension and gives us more of an “what if” scenario. We can also see the events the take place before Kyle is sent back. When he is sent back and things are kicked into gear, the story does an excellent job of paying tribute to the original films while also giving it its own touch and not going over the top with its effects and visuals and staying true to the original in that respect. The time warp concept is pretty well thought out and gives us just enough to easily follow the story. Most of all, it has the same spirit as the first two films and the characters still embody the personalities of their predecessors in the roles. Jai Courtney, while does have his flaws performance-wise, provides a pretty straight forward performance as Kyle Reese and bares a strong resemblance to the original, but this time around we are given more of more of Reese’s personality in order to care about him. Emilia Clarke is extremely impressive as Sarah Conner. Not only does Clarke really resemble a young Linda Hamilton, but she does a perfect job of portraying her character from the second film as well as the first. She nails the bad ass side of her, as well as the side with her sentimental side. Finally we got the big guy himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator. While this Terminator is much older, Arnold has not let the character falter. He is just as great here as he was in the original films. This more than anything is the most pleasurable part for fans of the series to see that the famous character has not been degraded, but is still the same as he ever was.

Terminator Genisys is a fun action-packed film with an excellent story that pays a great amount of tribute to the original films, but amplifies it in quite the extraordinary way. Along with the right amount of special effects and CGI we get a solid cast who really wanted to pay respect to their original characters and they do not disappoint. This is the sequel hard core fans of the series has been waiting for.

4.5/5

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