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Terminator Genisys Review: A Mad Fight for Survival

By Andrew Burgon / phoenix@projectfellowship.com
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July 6, 2015

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 28: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the LA Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Terminator Genisys' at the Dolby Theatre on June 28, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 28: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the LA Premiere of Paramount Pictures’ ‘Terminator Genisys’ at the Dolby Theatre on June 28, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Release: July 1, 2015 Worldwide
Running Time: 125 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Alan Taylor
Screenwriter: Patrick Lussier, Laeta Kalogridis
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K.Simmons, Byung-hun Lee
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
PG-13  (for intense sequences of sc-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief strong language)

Terminator Genisys Review: A Twist of Fate for Mankind’s Savior

Terminator Genisys Review ~ Terminator Genisys ushers us into the future just before the victory over Skynet. It’s the bitter-sweet year of 2029, a generation after the robot rebellion. The scarred rebel leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) is leading a final assault against Skynet. Though they clench the victory it turns out to be a hollow one.

A ‘tactical time weapon’ is discovered and it’s apparent it has recently been used. John Connor’s technicians confirm his suspicion. A robot has been sent back to 1984 and it’s most likely target is his mother. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) goes back to protect her. Moments before he vanishes he witnesses something terrible.

Sound familiar? At the beginning of the movie we are introduced to Kyle Reese and John Connor and the close relationship they had. Here it becomes clear as to why Reese volunteers for the mission to protect Sarah Connor.

The situation when he arrives is very different to what he had imagined. Sarah Conner (Emilia Clarke) is no weak and timid waitress. She is a hardened fighter who is more than capable of looking after herself. She packs a mean whallop with a juiced up sniper rifle and grenade launching gun!

The man she calls “pops” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is actually an old T-800 sent to protect her when she was 9 years old. Who sent it is a mystery. Cross your fingers for a juicy surprise!

When Reese arrives he is almost immediately pursued by a T-1000. It doggedly pursues Kyle, Sarah and The Guardian T-800 (Pops) through the first part of the movie till it’s disposed of in a deadly trap.

The T-1000 isn’t the only immediate threat they have to deal with. Sarah and Pops lie in wait for the original T-800 (from the first Terminator movie) to arrive. It’s a cool scene pitting the two T-800 terminators against each other. It’s Sarah though that deals the final blow at the last moment.

With the two terminators out of the way they decide on a plan of action. Sarah is intent on using a mini-time machine built by her T-800 guardian to travel to 1997 and thwart Skynet’s initial attack on humanity. Due to strange vivid memories Reese had due to time travel he convinces Sarah that it is to 2017 that they should travel.

Shortly after they arrive the pieces quickly fit together as to what they need to do. Their target is Cyberdyne’s Genisys mainframe. It’s soon-to-be-unveiled operating system will connect everything and everyone. A precursor to Skynet’s nuclear attack on mankind.

My interest picked up significantly with John Connor’s (Jason Clarke) appearance roughly half way through the movie.

In a surprising and interesting turn of events John is now the the anti-savior. Half-man, half-machine that transcends both. It’s his mission now to ensure that the Cyberdyne Systems Corporation receives Skynet’s technology and secure it’s rise.

We are introduced to a new terminator, the T-3000. A nano-hybrid human-cyborg. Once a human is infected with a special polyalloy resin slash nano-robots their very genetic coding is rewritten. The body transforming into a metal composite and held together by a magnetic field.

The T-5000 (Matt Smith) makes a very brief appearance in the movie. Little is known about the model at the moment. What we do know is that Skynet itself transferred its consciousness into one of these models. It then promptly infected John Connor and wiped out his TechCom unit.

The critical reception for the movie has been fairly negative. It has been called unoriginal. A little too deja vu. Like a stale piece of toast leftover from yesterday’s breakfast.

Others say it’s a muddled mythology. A movie lacking thematic depth and conceptual intelligence. Ultimately, forgettable.

Well, I’m not alone when I say I enjoyed Terminator Genisys. While I was concerned it might be a little stale on ideas the whiplash turn of events with John Connor had me pinned to my seat. Naturally, the special effects are spectacular. This is the best sci-fi fix I’ve had since Guardians of the Galaxy.

Be sure to hang around till the first part of the credits are over. You will then see a short scene that suggests Skynet is not out for the count yet.

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Terminator Genisys Premieres – South Korea & Los Angeles

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – JULY 02: Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the Seoul Premiere of ‘Terminator Genisys’ at the Lotte World Tower Mall on July 2, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 02: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke attend the Seoul Premiere of 'Terminator Genisys' at the Lotte World Tower Mall on July 2, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – JULY 02: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke attend the Seoul Premiere of ‘Terminator Genisys’ at the Lotte World Tower Mall on July 2, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 02: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke attend the Seoul Premiere of 'Terminator Genisys' at the Lotte World Tower Mall on July 2, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – JULY 02: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke attend the Seoul Premiere of ‘Terminator Genisys’ at the Lotte World Tower Mall on July 2, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

Jason Clarke and Jai Courtney pose together at the after party as Paramount Pictures presents the Los Angeles premiere of "Terminator Genisys" at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 28, 2015. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Jason Clarke (John Connor) and Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese) pose together at the after party as Paramount Pictures presents the Los Angeles premiere of “Terminator Genisys” at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 28, 2015. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Megan Ellison and Emilia Clarke pose together at the after party as Paramount Pictures presents the Los Angeles premiere of "Terminator Genisys" at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 28, 2015. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Megan Ellison and Emilia Clarke pose together at the after party as Paramount Pictures presents the Los Angeles premiere of “Terminator Genisys” at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 28, 2015. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Byung-Hun Lee (played the T-1000) poses at the after party as Paramount Pictures presents the Los Angeles premiere of "Terminator Genisys" at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 28, 2015. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Byung-Hun Lee (T-1000) poses at the after party as Paramount Pictures presents the Los Angeles premiere of “Terminator Genisys” at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 28, 2015. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Jai Courtney arrives at the after party as Paramount Pictures presents the Los Angeles premiere of "Terminator Genisys" at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 28, 2015. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Jai Courtney arrives at the after party as Paramount Pictures presents the Los Angeles premiere of “Terminator Genisys” at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 28, 2015. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Paramount Pictures presents the Los Angeles premiere of "Terminator Genisys" at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 28, 2015. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Wow, even a smiling terminator T-800 turned up at the premiere! (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 28: Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) and Sylvester Stallone attend the LA Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Terminator Genisys' at the Dolby Theatre on June 28, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 28: Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) and Sylvester Stallone attend the LA Premiere of Paramount Pictures’ ‘Terminator Genisys’ at the Dolby Theatre on June 28, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

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