One of the many franchises to get rebooted this summer is the Terminator franchise which awoke quite a divisive reaction from almost everyone who was a fan of the earlier movies. Terminator Genisys which is intended to be both a sequel and a reboot picks up in 2027 where John Conner (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future.
Now this movie always felt like a disaster just waiting to happen, and even though it’s not a complete disaster, it’s still pretty bad. Let’s start with the fact that this movie is confusing as hell. The writing is so incredibly inept that the timeline makes absolutely no sense. The story is heavy-handed and the plot is really convoluted. The action set-pieces carry little dramatic heft or excitement and are painfully predicable. We get the obligatory Golden Gate bridge action scene and a couple of more scenes which we know will turn out exactly as we expect them to.
To it’s credit, the movie does a good job with it’s special effects, especially when it comes to recreating Arnold from the first Terminator, there are moments in the film that bring back nostalgia. But really that is not enough.
The acting is easily one of the worst things about this thing with Jai Courtney breaking new ground in what it takes to be uncharismatic. I mean this guy is literally a charisma vacuum and how he keeps getting these big roles just surprises me. Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke aren’t particularly great as Sarah and John Conner either, never really doing anything that any other actor in the world could not have done.
You know something is wrong when Arnie has so much dialogue. And he brings it, he’s easily the best thing about this movie. It’s a shame that he isn’t backed up by anyone else.
Perhaps, the thing that angered me most about this movie was the fact that Paramount basically spoiled the movie’s biggest plot-twist before the movie was released and I would advice anyone who hasn’t seen the film to stray away from the film’s trailers and posters.
Despite being the best Terminator film since T2: Judgement Day. Genisys is let down by a hokey and convoluted plot, a script that makes little sense and some deplorable acting, especially from Jai Courtney. I do hope it’s the end of the line for these unnecessary Terminator sequels/ reboots which can never really ascend to the heights of the first two films.