The Opportunity of a Lifetime
The incredible staff over at Movie Pilot made a dream of mine come true by sending me to the Paramount Pictures studio in Hollywood California to attend an early/private screening of the newest installment of the Terminator franchise, Terminator Genisys and test out the demo of their new mobile game, Terminator Genisys: Revolution. I got to enter the famous Paramount Pictures gates and experience this incredible film in the Paramount Theater thanks to the extremely generous and supportive Movie Pilot staff.
Terminator Genisys: THE REVIEW
Synopsis- When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: to reset the future. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matthew Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee.
First things first, I went into this movie expecting to see an unfortunate and disappointing attempt to reboot this franchise. I went in thinking that they were going to slap Arnold Schwarzenegger's name back onto these films just to steal the audiences' money, but I for one was wrong. This film in my opinion really did capture a lot of the magic that we felt from the first Terminator films. I have tremendous respect for the director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World & Game of Thrones) for the way he came at this film. I believe he really understood what needed to be done and accomplished it. My personal favorite part of the film is the intro. It starts off with Jai Courtney's character, Kyle Reese doing a voice over catching you up on the past history and how the Terminators came about. I was expecting a cheesy action movie, but there really was a lot of beauty in this film. The visuals were absolutely stunning, the special affects have improved greatly since the original films, and of course the action was badass! Terminator Genisys is definitely an obvious attachment to the franchise, but you don't need to have seen the other films in order to enjoy this one. Yes, knowing the history of the other films does make Terminator Genisys make more sense, but they go over the history in the very beginning of the movie making it all understandable for new viewers. I will say that the time traveling portion does get a bit confusing, but it starts to come together and make sense throughout the story.
The Cast and Performances
Jai Courtney- I haven't really seen too much of Jai Courtney until this film, but now I am excited to see more of him in the future. We get a little sneak peak of what is to come when we get to see him next year as Captain Boomerang in David Ayer's DC film Suicide Squad.
Emilia Clarke- Emilia Clarke is most known for playing Daenerys Targaryen in the popular show Game of Thrones, but this girl is going to go a lot farther in the world of movies. I was blown away by her performance as Sarah Connor. She definitely did the character justice in this film.
Jason Clarke- Ever since the first time I really discovered Jason Clarke as Wilson in 2012's the The Great Gatsby I have always been impressed by him in everything I've seen him in. He plays in many smaller roles, but I think that he is an incredibly underrated actor. Jason's portrayal of the now menacing John Connor was phenomenal. He has really proved himself as a great villain. Seeing him in this makes me want to see him play a villain in the DC cinematic universe for sure.
I didn't really see one bad performance in Terminator Genisys. J.K. Simmons also makes an appearance and his character is very enjoyable.
Arnold Schwarzenegger- Say what you will about the "Governator", but Arnold definitely needed to be in this film. His return to the franchise really made this movie feel worth it. Seeing him fighting his younger self was awesome and most of the comedy aspects surprisingly came from his character. The best part of his return if you ask me was the relationship between him and Emilia Clarke. They both did an amazing job of recapturing the connection between human and machine. You really see Arnold's character evolve with human aspects due to his love for Sarah Connor. All in all, Arnold's comeback really takes you back in time to the fun and exhilarating ride that we took while watching the original films.
The Final Outcome
My overall review of Terminator Genisys is a pleasant surprise. I had many doubts about this film, but after seeing it, all of my negative comments flew right out the window. I think that the true fans of the Terminator franchise will definitely enjoy this new installment.
My HUGE Thank You To Movie Pilot
I just want to thank the Movie Pilot staff for everything they've done for me. The gifts, the invitations, and just being an awesome source for movie fans. Their goal is to unite the film community and they are doing an incredible job. Going and walking around Paramount Studios has always been a dream of mine. I'm a huge film history nerd in general, so going through the same gates that Alfred Hitchcock had once gone through and seeing all the memorabilia was absolutely incredible. Movie Pilot has been a part of my natural daily routine for a few years now. The first thing I do everyday is wake up, make my cup of coffee, and hop on Movie Pilot. I've conversed with some awesome creators and have met some great staff members. Movie Pilot is my little escape everyday. It makes me realize that I'm not alone when it comes to being a film nerd, so for that I thank you Movie Pilot!