Review: Terminator Genisys (2015)


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.

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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.

terminator-genisys-arnie 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.

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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.




29 responses to “Review: Terminator Genisys (2015)

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  2. I was very disappointed by the reactions I heard this movie was getting. The trailer looked like a return to form for the franchise, with the casting of both Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke (wait, am I getting that right?) realy encouraging. Jai Courtney is the bad news. I hate him in everything and can’t imagine an actor he WOULD have chemistry with. I am encouraged to hear that you enjoyed it and might just have to check it out soon.

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    • Jai Courtney really is bad news. He seems to bring down every movie he’s in and it quite simply surprises me how he keeps getting these big roles in so many big movies.
      He’s a poor man’s Sam Worthington


  3. Yeah Genisys was a weird one man. The parts that I really liked, I really REALLY liked. Like, Arnie returning. . . his CGIed T-800 version dropping that classic line on those unsuspecting thugs towards the beginning. . . the action sequences were competent but not spectacular (I blame Marvel lol). But then, the negatives were really pretty bad and numerous. I agree with your assessment completely, and think that this should be the end of the line too.

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    • Definitely. However I just don’t see that happening in the near future seeing how Cameron is probably going to be making Avatar movies for the rest of his life


  4. I didn’t mind this movie either, but I agree about the plot spoiler. Not sure why they did that. I didn’t really care for Emilia Clarke in the role, and I agree–she and Courtney had little chemistry. But Schwarzenegger was perfect, I thought.

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  5. Yup this movie was messy all right. Very, very messy.
    Nice review, agree with almost everything you say, I hated this movie a bit more because I’m too much of a die hard Terminator fan and I simply did not agree with many of the things that went down in the movie.

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  6. We pretty much agree on thid one, man, notably the love for Arnold’s return to form. The poor man’s Sam Worthington is about the most fitting description for Jai I’ve ever heard, as that dude is about as one-note as it gets.

    Still, a decent ride…I just wanted more. Even if a just a little bit.

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  7. Agree on it being entertaining and an alright movie, had some cool action scenes in it, I don’t really get why it’s so hated. Also Emilia Clarke was surprisingly good imo, thought she made a decent Sarah Connor.

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    • I think many fans were pissed with the whole reset the future thing where they basically undid a lot of good stuff from the earlier films. And of course the spoiling of the big plot-twist which could have been a major rug pull moment if it wasn’t already spoiled.


  8. I just saw this and agree with most of what you said, though i think I enjoyed it a little more than you did. And it pains me to say it (cos he’s Aussie) but Jai Courtney just is not a good actor. The first conversation he has with John Connor near the start of the movie already had we worried, and rightly so.

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