ByNick Pell, writer at
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Nick Pell

"Terminator Genisys" is the fifth film in the "Terminator" franchise and gives the series a much-needed reboot. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, and Jai Courtney in the lead roles. Thanks to a fantastic performance by Emilia Clarke, and an interesting change to the "Terminator" timeline, the film succeeds as a revival of the franchise.

The one thing I cannot praise enough is Emilia Clarke's performance as Sarah Connor. In this film's timeline, Sarah is aware of everything which happens with Skynet and Kyle Reese before Reese even arrives, and this leads to a very interesting inner struggle for the character. It brings up the idea of fate as Sarah has known that she is meant to give birth to John Connor, savior of humanity, for her whole life, causing her life to never truly be her own. We see this struggle most notably with her interactions with Kyle Reese, the man whom she is destined to love and who will ultimately die to protect her. Sarah is aware of this, so her attempts to not be wooed by Reese are interesting as Sarah tries to take control of her own destiny. Clarke does a fantastic job showing this revisioning of the character with the utmost detail.

The new timeline which the film attempts to establish also plays a large part in the film as its never really made clear what's now cannon and what falls to the side, never to have happened. That said, I did find myself okay with how this new version of the "Terminator" timeline fell together, leading to some great nods to the original trilogy while building upon the foundation that it set up. While some people seem to dislike this change, I found it to be a refreshing change of pace since one never quite knew how the movie would end or where exactly is was going.

There's a scene towards the beginning which is similar to to one in the original "Terminator" in which young Arnold asks for clothes from three young men. The creators chose to use a CGI Arnold for these scenes and its very obvious, looking more like a video game cutscene than a legitimate person in a live-action movie. It just looks bad, so when old Arnold shows up it is a grand welcome as the young Terminator is quickly, well, terminated.

The ending of the film also left the future of the series unclear. It's hard to say whether we will see another Terminator film staring these three main characters until the box office results are seen, but it's possible that a sequel could arise from this film, which I wouldn't mind so long as it fit with the already occurred events.

The action scenes in this film look great. We get to see both a T-800 and a T-1000 get fought against and these scenes really do look nice. The choreography helps in this department as the main actors had to react to CGI robots. The use of clever mechanics with which to allow our heroes to claim their victory showed how far they have progressed since the events of the third film.

While everyone in the film did fine, Emilia Clarke really stood out to me for some reason. Maybe its because I've been watching her on "Game of Thrones," or perhaps it was just how badass she was in this movie, but she really stole the show for me. Even Arnold's attempts as smiling throughout the film could not be matched by her sarcastic quips and emotional conflict. "Terminator Genisys" is definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of the other four films. It's fun, action-packed, and has some great performances.

But those are my opinions. Leave your in the comments below!

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