I had been preparing to watch the new Terminator movie for the past one month. Re-watched The Terminator & T2: Judgement Day multiple times, and forwarded through T3: Rise of the machines & Terminator Salvation once. Then watched the TV series, Sarah Connor Chronicles. I like 3 out of the 5 things mentioned above.
Being a Terminator fanatic ever since I can remember, and basically growing up with the 1st & 2nd movies in the series, I was totally psyched when the 3rd one was coming out. It all then went 'crash-n-boom'.
Then came the 4th one, and it went 'snooze'.
So when the news first came about a 5th Terminator in the making, I lost it. I cursed Hollywood for beating this franchise to death, over and over again with a broken Terminator arm.
Then they released the trailer for Genisys, and I cringed harder than watching Arnold dressed in pink women clothes and announcing "I'm all woman". I knew right away that this was going to be one of those cash-grab-terrible-to-the-very-core flicks.
How wrong was I!
All my thought about Genisys being a downright terrible flick went down the drain the moment the movie started. It felt like it regained the atmosphere from the 1st two movies.
It was all going great, and then Kyle Reese (a.k.a. Jai Courtney Kardashian) showed up on the screen. This guy is franchise poison. He(along with Director Bastardé, John Moore) mercilessly murdered the Die Hard franchise, at least for me. And he almost single-handedly killed the Terminator franchise again. He's got that 'off' face. You know, a face that should remain off-screen forever. Why would someone cast him over the guy lying around in a pool of shit in some dark alley is beyond me. There was a time when people used to call him the poor man's Sam Worthington. But at least Worthington can act interested in a project.
But alas, it happened and the world may never be the same again.
Now coming back to the things that I liked about Genysis.
The fact that it retread the original Terminator and paid homage to it brought a giant grin on my face. Seeing Arnold arriving in the electric sphere again looking like the one from 1984 was beyond awesome!
And fact that they portrayed that scene almost frame-by-frame as shown in the first movie was the icing on the double-layered chocolate cake. I geeked out in this movie, more than once!
If watching the T800-Model 101 wasn't enough, they showed us the T1000 as well. Awesome!
The new Terminator movie did a Back To The Future. And it did that pretty darn well. There are no less than 7 alternating time-lines in the story. Where the worlds of The Terminator (1984) & T2: Judgement Day collide to give way for a new world. The world where Sarah Connor is already a badass, unlike the damsel in distress of T1.
The first 30-40 minutes of Genisys play out like the highlight reel of the very best of the Terminator franchise. And if you ask me, that's already much better than T3 & T4 combined!
Here we see John Connor (played by Jason Clarke) fighting the machines and leading mankind to small victories over their nemesis. And then aided by Kyle Reese (played by that guy), he destroys the very core of Skynet. But not before Skynet could send a Terminator back in time to terminate Sarah Connor(played by Emilia Khaleesi Clarke, no relation to Jason Clarke... or is there?). So John then sends Kyle back in time to save Sarah from The Terminator. And just as Kyle Reese in traversing through time, John is attacked by a mysterious figure which leads Kyle to believe that John might be dead.
He then proceeds with his mission to go back in time and save the damsel in distress and, in the words of Pappy Terminator (played by Arnold the terminator Schwarzenegger), mate with her. But it turns out, that the Sarah of this new timeline is a badass! She ends up saving the unassuming Kyle Reese from the T1000.
And he then tells her that John may be dead in the future. So they decide to travel through time, and destroy Skynet before it can attack John.
The chosen year? 2017. Why? Because that is the year that Skynet starts infiltrating everyone's lives by morphing into Genisys, an Operating System that comes with a pre-installed malware. Getting installed in each and every communicable electronic device so that one day it can gain control of them.
It is here in 2017 that we also see John travel back in time to supposedly save the now arrested Kyle and Sarah. Because the CIA is obviously going to take them as terrorists.
But there seems to be something off about him. And I'm not going to reveal it here, even though the unmitigated disaster squad that was the Marketing team behind Genisys already killed that twist. But I'm still going to keep it under the wraps for the readers who still haven't seen any of the promotional material for the movie.
Anyway, then follows a series of events and mind-blowing action scenes and monologues that lead to the epic final conclusion to Genysis.
What did I think of Genisys? Pretty damn good, though it evidently could have been so much better without the 2 massive screw-ups. Kyle & Marketing.
The movie has its moments of comic relief, provided mostly by the ever-rocking Arnold Schwarzenegger. Has hints of T2 in it which is a good thing. Who can forget that smile?!
And as always, Arnold is in top form. He is the life force of this movie.
Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor also shines, she makes this role her own and kills it. Every bit the badass that Sarah Connor was in T2.
I'm not going to talk about Jai Courtney any more since I've already done that. And I don't want to piss me off.
Jason Clarke as John Connor is sufficient. They could have provided the pre-time travel John Connor a bit more screen time. But that's just wishful thinking.
Still, he worked well and felt every bit how a leader of Mankind should be.
And did I mention J K Simmons was also in the movie? No? Well, he rocked it! The guy is hilarious and is obviously enjoying being a part of this project. And again, I wish he had more screen time!
So, I loved the movie and if you loved T1 & T2, then I'm sure you'll love Genisys too!
Though the movie could have been better, by having less Kyle Reese and More John Connor & O'Brien (Simmons).
But the very aspect of a sequel to Genisys scares the living hell out of me. Simply for the fact that it seems like Jai Courtney will have even more screen time in that than he did in Genisys. Well, I hope Courtney improves a LOT. I hope because I'm human (as Kyle Reese says in Genisys).
Whenever the next one comes out, I wish that Arnold gets to say it again, "I'll be back."