Terminator Genisys is one of the biggest movie disappointments of recent years. Not only did it fail to live up to its name, but it failed to do much other than take the audience back through the familiar events of previous Terminator films. Despite an impressive cast, a solid script, and a well-directed action film that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator Genisys was never able to create any sort of tension or intrigue.
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the resistance against Skynet, makes an unexpected return to 1984 in order to save his mother from a Terminator terrorist, an even more surprising turn of events causes an altered timeline. Instead of a nervous waitress, Sarah (Emelia Clarke) is a trained warrior and possesses a Terminator protection (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Now faced with strange new enemies and strange allies, Reese sets off on an unknown new mission: resetting the future and stopping a nuclear war before it starts.
Although Schwarzenegger's performance as John Connor is a bit of an overkill, he does play up the role of being one of the most dangerous movie's villain. His face and voice are perfect for the role, and he has a very believable and relatable reason for trying to stop the destruction of humanity. For some reason though, the Terminator film franchise has never been able to reach the heights of popularity of previous movies such as Terminator 3 and Terminator Salvation.
The biggest problem with Terminator Genisys is that the film tries to cram as much action into its short two hours than possible. It attempts to tell a very big story without having to really explain its big set pieces, and the result is a movie that goes through the motions too quickly and ends up boring and confused.
One new plot twist that was introduced in the first ten minutes of the movie had me wondering if the whole thing was a joke. After being introduced to the fact that Sarah was a cyborg, I was wondering if I was seeing the entire film through a bunch of jokes and a quick jokey ending. Instead, the end credits rolled and I was left wondering who was meant to be killed and how the heck they got there. without their bodies. As for the characters, they were all too busy being confused about who was supposed to die so that it seemed like they were all fighting over scraps.
Although the original idea of saving the world was a great idea, it seems like it would have been a lot more fun to show a bunch of people going through an obstacle course and solving puzzles. Instead, the focus is on the main character, John Connor, and he is mostly a blank slate throughout the whole movie. Even the big twists didn't have any impact at all, as it was clear that nothing was going to happen anyway.
Genres: Action , Adventure , Science Fiction , Thriller | Duration: 126 min | Year: 2015