Terminator Genisys

Ok so, the year is 20-something in the nearish future when machines run the world. However John Connor (Jason Clarke) and his mates are about to reclaim the world so the robots resort to their final weapon which is sending a terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back to kill Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) so that John Connor is never born and the robots win so to combat this John Connor sends back Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) to protect his mum from Arnie. Turns out though, that Sarah Connor is already being protected by a different terminator (Arnie again, only older) and so old Arnie dispatches new Arnie only to discover that apparently the machines have sent yet another terminator to kill Sarah Connor (Byung Hun-Lee). The team must defeat this terminator, and then go forward in time to the future to stop the robots releasing some sort of tech thing that will enable them to kill all the humans. And by this point we are already an hour into the movie so I’m going to stop.

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Now all of this time travelling malarkey confusing and nonsensical as it may be, actually sounds quite appealing to me on paper. However the people that made this don’t and are more interested in silly bus stunts and awkward romance. So while you have the head spinning multiple timeline stuff keeping you engaged, it’s almost like the film is trying it’s hardest to make you nod off. All of the action sequences are completely unengaging and without any suspense. Possibly because you know that literally anything could happened to these people without a scratch appearing on their bodies, possibly because you honestly couldn’t care less if they did get hurt, or possibly because you already know what is going to happen because you saw the trailer. Add on top of that the fact that the two main characters are supposed to have chemistry and you have yourself a proper blockbusting stinker. However the sci-fi element kept me going.

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In terms of performances they are generally un-remarkable with Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke really having no characters to work with. And the rest of the cast literally playing machines. Other than J.K Simmons who is actually quite good. But you know who the real star of the film is? It’s Arnie. He is genuinely quite funny and to his credit plays cyborg characters extremely well. Elsewhere Jason Clarke puts in a decent turn, and Matt Smith (yeah you heard me, The Doctor) is kinda creepy.

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Overall, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It’s not a good film by any stretch of the imagination but the sci-fi elements of it are silly and ambitious enough for you to not fall completely to sleep while watching it. The dialogue is all rubbish, the action sequences have no imagination or flare and it’s about half an hour too long. But Arnie is there and it makes no sense both of which are elements I like in a sci-fi film.



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