I have seen all the Terminator films. I think this is the first one I have seen in the theater. This is most definitely a reboot of the franchise. It takes everything we know about Sarah John and the T-800 and turns it on its ear. Then it takes Kyle Reese and lets us know what we did not know about him. You may have seen a bunch of negative reviews for Genisys. The thing is we were spoiled when Terminator decided to go very creative and take a chance by being imaginative. We had a big chase scene with a truck and a motorcycle and we were introduced to molten metal that could kill. These elements were never before seen whiz bang effects at that time. There are no whiz bang effects in Genisys.
You know I get why they used the name but dang it if every time I heard it I kept thinking about the Sega Console system. The movie was fine really. If you want to go see what you have already seen before. It is Terminator comfort food.
It had no imagination though.
The new type of Terminator was built on tech straight out of Transformers 4. The bus scene was straight out of Juarassic Park 3 with a dash of every movie and even some TV shows that used the Golden Gate Bridge. How many times have we seen a car or bus hanging off the edge of the Golden Gate? No really someone figure this out, it is something I need to know. Genisys itself, yes it is an it and not just an app; is basically the Red Queen from Resident Evil. At least until it is given form.
It was neat watching the Terminators all battle in 1984. a T-800 sent from the future into a different 1984 than the original movie, Pops the T-800 sent to protect 9 year old Sarah Conner, and a T-1000 played by Byung Hun Lee. Byung is sorely underused in this movie and none of his martial arts skills come into play. 9 year old Sarah has turned into a much different Sarah since she was orphaned by a T-1000 and raised by a T-800.
The movie borrows Byung and some plotlines from other Skydance productions, seems they are in a rut. One shining part of the movie was J.K. Simmons as the cop who fights side by side with Kyle in 1984 against Byung Hun Lee. Well actually he is the older version of that cop. He is one of those guys who you recognize as being in several things but never remember his name.
Arnold is the Terminator franchise. He has been in every movie but in this one he is almost used too much. Pops has the ability to age, something I don’t think was previously metnioned in any of the movies, but it works in this case because Arnold has a bit more gray than he did in 1991 or even 1984. Miles Dyson and his son Danny do make an appearance as the foolish scientists set upon making a utopian society with Genisys, little do they know what will really happen when skynet launches. So they are much like they were in 1991, clueless. Not much is told of what happened in 2003. The entire tale of John and Kate is virtually ignored. We do see the missile sequence but none of the skynet bunker or how the Terminator did not stop the world from changing, but instead hid John and Kate away.
The opening sequence gives us more of a view of life in the future. It focuses on the relationship between John Conner and Kyle Reese and then as Kyle is sent careening through time, something tragic happens to John. Kyle also meets his younger self who is the whole reason they go to 2017 instead of 1997. Since this timeline is different than the original movie.
It was a good movie, it followed the canon fairly well but created more timelines than even Doc Brown could explain. It is not worth the 3D treatment. It is worth a rental, maybe even a mini marathon with the original Terminator first so that you can catch all the eggs.
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