Director: Alan Taylor
Writers: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier, Gale Anne Hurd, James Cameron
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance, Byung-hun Lee, Michael Gladis, Sandrine Holt, Wayne Bastrup, Gregory Alan Williams, Otto Sanchez, Matty Ferraro, Ian Etheridge, Nolan Gross, Seth Meriwether, Mark Adam, Kerry O'Malley, Willa Taylor, Bryant Prince
Synopsis: When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG - 13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief strong language
1.2 / 10
- Acting was pretty decent.
- Directing was okay.
- Nicely paced
- Special effects were great.
- Horrible script
- Lots of plot holes that convolute the damn film even more than it needed to be.
- The concept of the film makes little to no sense
- Dialogue was generic and cliche
- The film literally rips off dialogue and scenes of previous "Terminator" films in order to trick you in to thinking it's good.
Please just give us a real reboot of this franchise, or just leave it the f*** alone......
Have you ever read one of those poorly written fanfictions that made little to no sense in terms of fitting in with the canon series it's based on? And the fact that it's filled with plot holes and poorly contrived events? You remember those type of fanfiction stories? Well try to imagine if one of those poorly written fanfiction stories for the "Terminator" franchise somehow got a budget, and made it's way to the big screen. In the end, you'd end up with "Terminator: Genisys."
I know prior to this movie's release, it was touted as a reboot of the franchise, but frankly it never felt that way. If anything, it felt like a sad desperate attempt to beat a dead horse into the ground. Like some sad lonely a**hole at a bar who can't take "no" for an answer, the "Terminator" franchise seems to reek of desperation at this point.
Throughout the film, you see little sprinkles of the film trying to live up to the previous versions by cramming in all the hallmark references and cliche one liners that the previous ones had, so people will geek out saying, "Oh my god! "Terminator" is back!" However, this is used to trick audiences into thinking it's actually good, by reminding them of the first two movies.
You have Arnold still saying silly nonsensical crap like, "I'll be back." You have one scene where one of the characters says, "Come with me if you want to live." Oh yes, you can't have a "Terminator" movie without those cliche lines, huh?
And to make matters worse, they even have a shot by shot rip off of the first two movies, where the new terminator walks out of a burning vehicle after an accident; similar to what we saw in the first two films. Oh my goodness. Have they really gotten this desperate to recapture what made the first two so iconic that they literally had to rip off lines and scenes from the first two?
Oh well. I guess it's better that they ripped off the first two movies, as the new ideas they introduce are even worse. As some readers may know, this new movie takes place in an alternate timeline for the franchise. Of course, this means "Terminator Salvation" is retconned, as they literally did away with that film within the first ten minutes of "Terminator: Genisys."
As some fans might remember, John Connor met Kyle Reese when they were adults in "Terminator Salvation." But in "Terminator: Genisys", that's retconned because it shows an adult John Conner meeting a preteen Kyle Reese, as he rescues him from the machines. Therefore, if you're counting on this to be a continuation of "Terminator Salvation", then you're going to be disappointed.
Anyways, the first act of the film plays out exactly how Kyle Reese described it to Sarah Conner in the first movie, where John leads humanity in a post apocalyptic war against the machines. Through a series of random events, John leads humanity to victory, but the machines send a terminator back in time, in sort of a last ditch effort to win the war against the humans by eliminating John from existence.
Of course, John sends Kyle Reese to protect his mother back in the 80's, as it was depicted in the first movie. And while Kyle is going through time, Skynet itself attacks John Conner at the last possible minute. Indeed, it seems Skynet has somehow attained a human-esque form to do this. For what purpose? I have no freaking idea, as one would think Skynet would easily send a drone or something to do it, but whatever.
Long story short, Skynet inevitably sends another terminator back in time to kill Sarah, when she's a child; sometime after it attacked John in the future. However, Arnold Schwarzenegger shows up, and protects her after the other terminator killed her parents. And from there, he basically becomes her legal guardian until Kyle Reese shows up about ten years later. Although it's never explained in the film who sent Arnold to protect Sarah as a kid, I can only assume that they're saving that for the sequel.
And before I go on with the rest of this review, I would like to point out that it really bothers me when movies intentionally do this crap. First of all, I don't give a rat's a** if you're trying to make a movie that's going to be part of an ongoing film series or not. If your story is filled with intentional plot holes in order to set up a sequel that may or may not see the light of day, then you've already failed as a filmmaker.
As any film buff will tell you, you can make a single movie that's part of an ongoing planned trilogy, and make it work without creating unnecessary plot holes to draw in interest. Take "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" for example. When you watch the movie, it's clearly obvious the film was meant to be the first chapter of a trilogy of movies, but it was still self contained enough to where it didn't rely on the viewer to watch the next two films just to understand it.
Everything was explained perfectly, while leaving off at a cliffhanger that made us want to see more. Whereas "Terminator: Genisys", it's filled with so many plot holds that it almost feels like the writers weren't even trying half the time. For starters, it never explains how Skynet figured out John's location in the future, nor did it explain the necessity of Skynet even needing a damn humanoid form to begin with.
It's little things like this that reek of poor writing, and it makes the entire film feel like someone's badly written fanfiction that somehow got a budget. As for the rest of story, it pretty much plays out the same damn way "Terminator 2 & 3" played out. Our protagonists try to stop judgment day from happening, while Skynet sends a terminator to kill them along the way. However, the big difference is that this new terminator looks amazingly like John Conner!?! I won't divulge anymore information for those that want to avoid spoilers, but I will say this.
Not only does the whole John Conner terminator bit feel gimmicky, but it didn't make any sense in terms of the narrative. In fact, there's even one scene that the terminator John says some crap to Sarah and Kyle, in a garage, that quite frankly makes about as much sense as all the other crap that happens in this movie. Again, I'm not going to spoil it for anyone, but I will say that whoever wrote the script for this movie obviously didn't know jacks*** about how physics and science works. Just saying.
And what's really amazing is for a movie that's being promoted as something of a reboot to a dying franchise, isn't the whole point of a reboot is to restart fresh? Go back to the beginning and give a different take on the franchise? Not convolute it some more with crap that not only doesn't make any sense from a logical standpoint, but creates various plot holes within it's own f**ed up continuity? Seriously, how the f** can Arnold become a liquid terminator just by being dipped in the same damn substance used to make them? That makes no logical sense on various different levels. And even if it was that easy, then why the hell didn't Arnold think to do that in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day?" Did he simply not know that? See, this is the problem with this film's f***ed up logic.
If you want to reboot the damn franchise. That's fine. I would love to see a new take on this franchise. Just recast a different actor to play the Terminator instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Get rid of the crappy one dimensional lines like "I'll be back" and "Come with me if you want to live", since it's starting to feel less genuine at this point, as it comes off as obligatory if anything.
Or hell if you want to make a reboot that involves the whole alternate timeline crap, then at least set it up to where it makes freaking sense. As much flak as J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" movies get, you can at least admit the story was set up well enough to where it at least made sense why the new movie took place in an alternate timeline. It didn't try to make it more complex than it needed to be, as everything was self contained. It never felt convoluted, nor rushed in any way. If anything, it still managed to make sense within the confines of it's story arc.
Whereas "Terminator Genisys", it not only leaves out a bunch of key essential story elements, but it almost feels like the writers were blatantly making up crap as they went along half the time.
Like the recent "Fantastic Four" abomination, you can tell the actors are trying in their perspective parts. Plus, the special effects are top notch as well. However, the script is the biggest issue with this movie.
But you want to know what the real issue with this movie is? It doesn't know what it wants to be. Yes, it's being promoted as a reboot, but when you watch the movie itself, you can clearly see that's not the case.
Overall, this movie is a freaking mess. If you ask me, this franchise should've ended after "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", as it's been downhill ever since. Unless you're a die hard fan of this series, then I'd avoid this one like the plague, as this film is easily one of the worst movies of 2015 by far. And, it's arguably the worst "Terminator" ever made. Yes, it's even worst than that crappy "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." Be very afraid.