Review: TERMINATOR GENISYS Is Better Than It Should Be But Not As Good As It Could Be - Movies In Focus
Terminator Genisys is a decent enough reboot of the James Cameron originated franchise. It riffs on Cameron’s movies and brings enough intriguing ideas to make it worth your time but Hollywood’s mantra of bigger, louder, better means that this lacks the heart of the first two films. Alan Taylor’s fifth franchise entry has a glossy sheen and a lot of digital effects – but the biggest special effect on hand here is Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Austrian Oak carries the film on his broad shoulders, injecting humour and old school star charisma into the film which often struggles under many of its own concepts. Genisys is a myriad of ideas with its tangled plot twisting and weaving into many knots, however when you unravel it all, it’s effectively a retread of Cameron’s films, minus the originality and ingenuity. In 2029, Kyle Reese (Jai Ciurtney) is sent back to 1984 to save Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from The Terminator (Schwarzenegger). However, when the future resistance fighter arrives, he finds that Sarah isn’t the damsel in distress he’s expecting. Instead she’s a battle-hardened badass; one mean mother of John Connor (Jason Clarke), who has befriended a Terminator (who she affectionately calls ‘Pops’). The [...]