ByJarrod Zinn, writer at

"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" hit theaters when I was 10 years old. Even back then, I could tell the movie was something special. About a year later, I saw its prequel, The Terminator. From that time, I've been an absolute fanatic. After growing up, gaining knowledge and experience of various kinds, watching the films (including T3 and TS) in several different states of mind, changing the experience of them for myself each time I watched, T2 still held up as the favorite among them all.

The fifth installment in the saga, "Terminator: Genisys," which opens in theaters today, certainly joins the fold as a good one. Its strengths were greater than TS and most certainly better than T3 (gag). However, it still doesn't even come close to touching T2. You better believe I was stalking the film for details I remember--and can talk your ear off about--from the dates given in the original Cameron films, to the appearance of Terminator's CPU chip, to the shape of John Connor's facial scar. I dare say the new filmmakers got all my favorite details right.

The problem I had with the film is fundamental, primal, and is a total spoiler. I don't like spoilers, so I won't do that to you. What I will say is that it opens the saga up for still more sequels, and multiple ones at that. The end of this film left me with some questions. The narration salutes the questions as intentionally placed. For that, I'm thankful. All in all, it created a desire to see the movie again. The animation (what we used to call 'special effects') is good, the complexity of the story is simplified well, the action is superb.

The nostalgic things I must comment on: Jason Clarke wasn't the right choice for John Connor (sorry, he just wasn't). Jai Courtney looks and sounds absolutely nothing like Michael Biehn, and I dearly miss Earl Boen's bumbling Dr. Silberman. Other than all these complaints, I give Terminator: Genisys one thumb up.


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