Friday Movie Review: Terminator: Genisys


Rating: popcornpopcornpopcornpopcorn

The story:

The movie opens in the future, with John Connor and Kyle Reese getting ready to attack a Skynet stronghold. However, they were too late, as a machine has already been sent into the past to kill Sarah Connor. Kyle volunteered to go protect Sarah, and just before he was sucked up into the time portal, he saw Skynet grabbing hold of John Connor and hurting him. And the past as he knows it became different. He suddenly has a new set of memories that he didn’t know how they got there.

And when he reached 1984, a Terminator was expecting him. And who should rescue him but Sarah Connor?

This Sarah is not the helpless Sarah that we saw in previous installments. She’s strong and kick-ass. She tells Kyle that she doesn’t need anyone to protect her because she can do it herself.

All this is telling Kyle (and us) is that past is rewriting itself…and the story of the Terminator is getting a reboot in this installment.

Because this story plays with time travel and history being changed, there’s a lot of things I didn’t much understand how it could happen or how it even happened. A subtitle would’ve helped (maybe), but since there’s none… I just sit back and enjoy the action and developing storyline. The big picture, anyway.

The characters:

Here, Arnold Schwarzenegger is still a machine sent back from the future, but his mission is to protect Sarah Connor. In fact, he’s been protecting her since she was 9 years old, and they have a good relationship, to the point that she calls him Pops. I originally thought he’d only be in a cameo role here, but no, his role is quite meaty, and I love seeing him back in this role. Seriously, Terminator movies aren’t the same without Arnold.

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys in Game of Thrones) is Sarah Connor, and I think the role fits her as a strong, kick-ass heroine. It was a jolt not seeing Linda Hamilton as Sarah, but Emilia brought her own style that quickly endears her to moviegoers.

Jai Courtney (Eric in Divergent) is Kyle Reese, and I thought he did a pretty good job portraying a man from the future who doesn’t trust machines. I like seeing his dynamics with Arnold, how he was wary of the machine at first, but slowly, he grew to understand Arnold, and they develop this strange chemistry between them. I thought this relationship was more dynamic and more three-dimensional than his romantic development with Emilia.

The action scenes:

Really suspenseful. I was so tense during the chase and fight scenes, and kept rooting for the good guys to win the day. Of course, the bad guys never lets up. There’s always something that leads them to the good guys.

The effects:

Pretty good.

Overall and Recommendation:

If you want to unwind after a hard day’s work, this is a good movie to do so. Just don’t think about the time paradox. 🙂

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