Movie review: Terminator Genisys (2015)


Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the famous Terminator. No matter how long he has been in the film industry and also how old he gets already, I still couldn’t get his name right. To be honest with you, I copied the ‘Schwa….’ down just now. I believe many couldn’t write down his full name correctly too. Such a hard one. Let’s not focus on his name and move on to ‘Terminator Genisys’, the fifth film in the ‘Terminator’ series and is now out in theatres worldwide.

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I’m not a fans of this film franchise but I do remember bits of its past movies; it’s about a robot sent back in time to destroy Sarah Connor (but later save her). The first film was out back in 1984. Wow…that was 31 years ago. I’m not even born yet. But I do remember I did watch the movies when I was still a very small kid. That’s it. Couldn’t recall much. But I do know that ‘Terminator’ was like the first robotic movie I ever watched and it is considered a classic by James Cameron that has went on to make huge influence on future sci-fi and action flicks.

Bringing ‘Terminator’ back to the big screen now has the similar objective with bringing ‘Jurassic Park’ back recently. Well, the dinosaurs returned in ‘Jurassic World’ movie which has now went on to break many box office records. It attracts massive moviegoers for the nostalgia. Will this ‘Terminator 5’ manage to do the same? Maybe, but I’m predicting lesser audiences compared to ‘Jurassic World’. What’s sure now is ‘Terminator’ isn’t as good as ‘Jurassic World’, but it is still worth to watch and is still a good piece of entertainment.

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As the movie progresses especially in the first half, I find it hard to digest what’s going on with all the excessive time travel stuff. There is too much stories going on, and it’s making the movie more complicated than being solid. First, we are in 2029, then we went back to 1984, and then to 2017. Maybe because I forgot most of the main subjects or contents from the previous films, and hence I’m late on catching up to the drama in this latest movie. In ‘Terminator Genisys’, John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor. But after the time travel, Kyle didn’t expect that the mission is that hard and comes with shocking revelations.

All the cast did a good job. Arnold (just keeping his name short here) is awesome as the terminator. Eventhough he is old, but he could still deliver everything in this movie. Surprisingly, he is also the only one in this movie that gave us some moments to laugh throughout this mostly-serious action-packed film. The funny parts are nice and most importantly, not feeling awkward or forced. It’s nice to see J.K. Simmons in here too after his terrifyingly-good performance in ‘Whiplash’ that won him ‘Best Supporting Actor’ in this year’s Oscars. However, he is only given a small role here. What a waste to this veteran actor. Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke are great in their respective main roles.

Overall, I don’t enjoy the plot because I think it’s having too many things around as explained earlier. However, the movie still delivered with all those amazing action sequences. Fantastic visual effects and wonderfully-choreographed actions. It kept me engaged at least, eventhough not interested by the depth of the story. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Terminator Genisys’ a total of 7.4. Ahh…and if you haven’t watch this, don’t forget to sit a while in the theatre after the ending as there is a post-credit scene.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

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