When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past and has an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…
Let’s be honest whether it’s the protection of Sarah Connor, the protection of John Connor or the destruction of Skynet over the years we’ve been here before with the Terminator franchise. Sometimes more successfully than others and in it was felt very comfortable being back with old familiar characters (albeit with new faces) and to once again indulge in the chase through time that Terminator films do so well.
Arnie was back and at his robotic best and Emilia Clarke gave a good performance for me as Sarah Connor who for me is the icon of the entire franchise. There were some great high spots throughout the film the standard Terminator chase sequences and some decent CGI effects but Terminator : Genisys can be summed up in one word problematic.
The stand out problem of he film is the fact that the major plot twist has been given away in a trailer. This is not the fault of the director however if you have sen that particular trailer going in the film holds no major shock at all.
Also problematic is the time travel. While admirable attempts to explain the effect of time travel and its impact on the past and the future, it feels at points, that this particular element of the story could snap under the strain. It was difficult to fully grasp the impact on the future and the final scene of the film appears to make no sense and is simply a half handed attempt to tie up all the loose ends.
However with the problems there are plenty of moments to enjoy and Genisys is worth a cinema trip even for pure nostalgia. I did smile early on travelling back to 1984 allows the film to recreate some of this great scenes from the original Terminator.
Genisys is flawed but in comparison to previous sequels Rise of the Machines & Terminator :Salvation it is a big improvement.
The joke among the podcast crew on Banterflix was that there have only ever been two Terminator films made. I think now that may require an edit. There are at least two and a half.