Like many, I groaned at the thought of ANOTHER Terminator sequel. I love the first two, hated the third, really enjoyed the fourth for its change of the series and having it focus on the actual War Against the Machines aspect of the franchise. But then Terminator Genisys brought the idea of once again going back to 1984 to reboot the franchise J.J. Abrams style. I wasn't a fan of the idea but I could see potential but then I saw the casting for the movie: Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, and Jason Clarke. That made me facepalm and the trailers didn't help by showcasing terrible CGI and spoiling the movie's biggest twist.
Needless to say, I had no expectations for this film other than I was curious to see what type of character Matt Smith would play. So I checked the movie out ready to witness another Terminator 3 but much to my surprise, I enjoyed the movie quite a bit.
Let's get the cons out of the way first: Jai Courtney is possibly the worst casting for Kyle Reese you could ever do. He acts nothing like Reese, looks nothing like Michael Biehn, and as of right now I don't think I've enjoyed one performance of Courtney's. Matt Smith (one of my favorite actors) had a criminally small role which I won't spoil but it was wasted talent. The movie was WAY too short. The helicopter chase scene made me facepalm. And just like in Terminator and T2: Judgment Day, I think Sarah Connor is a terrible protagonist.
Let's get to the things that I thought worked about this movie: first there is Arnold Schwarzenegger who may be old but he's not obsolete meaning he is still quite the badass. While I've always hated Sarah Connor as a character, I will give Emilia Clarke credit for actually doing a great job at recreating Linda Hamilton's performance. At this point, I was so tired of John Connor changing appearances that when I saw that Jason Clarke was going to be John Connor, I just rolled my eyes but once again, I was surprised. While I liked Christian Bale's performance as Connor, he was a little too stoic for my taste. Clarke had personality and charm. Unfortunately the trailers spoiled the fact that John Connor becomes the T-3000, a twist that I honestly would have been shocked by. However, I did enjoy Jason Clarke as the villainous version of John Connor, he was threatening and something fresh for the franchise. The trailer displayed terrible CGI which was stupid of them to do because in the actual film, the CGI is great especially for the new T-1000 and T-3000. One surprising addition was the comedy relief (since action movies can't be taken seriously anymore for some reason) which actually had me laughing quite a bit. Of course this is Terminator, the franchise that revolutionized action scenes and how did this one do? Well its definitely nothing revolutionary there was some pretty awesome fight scenes including one between two Arnold Schwarzeneggers, the fights between Pops and John Connor, and the fight on the bridge. The ending was a little disappointing but at least we got a little set up for the next movie by seeing someone appear and a great twist to Arnold's character.
Overall, this is definitely NOT the best of the franchise but I can no way say its the worst like some critics are saying. I'd say it was superior to Salvation but not as good as T1 and T2. It's a fun addition to the franchise that I enjoyed. I give it a very high Silver rating. What were your thoughts on Terminator Genisys? Let me know in the comments below!