Movie Review – Terminator Genisys

TL;DRA Bit of fun, and a good watch, if you don’t take it too seriously

Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars

Terminator Genisys. Image Credit: Paramount.


So the basic premise of all the Terminator films are in the deep dark future of 1994 a computer system called Skynet rose up and nuked the world and now it and the remaining humans are fighting for survival. Skynet feeling that it is losing does what all computers do, cheat and sends back through time a terminator to kill one of the Connors. Since the best film in the series Terminator 2: Judgement Day, we have had one ok but mostly forgettable sequel, one TV series that started strong, got messed with by executives and then finished strong but not strong enough to stave of cancellation and another movie sequel which was a train wreck from start of filming to the end. So how does this film hold up? Not bad, generally speaking.

Schwarzenegger still has it
Schwarzenegger still has it. Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

The Good – Schwarzenegger is as good as ever, he really owns this part, and something I keep forgetting is that he has some really good comedic timing in his actions and mannerisms. Jai Courtney is really quite good as Kyle Reese, he’s not had the most stellar range in the past, but here he really works quite well with all the cast and that is quite important, as his character is kind of the glue that holds all it all together. Wow, Matt Smith, he is barely in this film and still, he steals every scene he is in. Also, J.K. Simons is as delightful as always. The special effects in this film are really quite good, the opening scene depicting the nuclear devastation in the world is quite compelling. All the action is quite good, it is staged well and there are the appropriate amount of explosions, stabbings, morphing robots, explosions, weird rules that state you can’t wear clothing in the time machine, explosions.

The Bad – Oh uncanny valley you strike again, looking back to when this has been tried before Tron Legacy tried very hard to pull off a young Jeff Bridges and it almost worked save for the eyes, but this was 5 years ago, and the young terminator is this film looks worse than that 5-year-old attempt. Also, why don’t you know, oh amnesia, oh well that has never been used in a movie before. Finally, the last scene in the film is really awkward, like really watch it and try not to get weirded out by it.

It does get a bit over the top at times
It does get a bit over the top at times. Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

The Only Ok – Look, Emilia Clarke, is a perfectly wonderful actress but she has the unfortunate role of following on from Linda Hamilton, Hamilton is a tough act to follow and I don’t feel Clarke quite pulled it off. There are a lot of actors that only appear for moments seem important and then disappear from the film, and while they don’t wear ‘I will be important in the sequel’ name badges they might as well, in fact, you can feel that a lot of the problems with this film are that they have held back plots for the next film.

In the end, it’s a good film, the best one in a while and a generally good couple of hour’s entertainment.

By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.

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Directed By – Alan Taylor
Written by – Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier
Starring – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyim, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance & Lee Byung-hun
Rating – Australia: M; Canada: PG; Ireland: 12A; NZ: M; UK: 12A; USA: PG-13

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