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November 6, 2019

Terminator Genisys (2015) --- “The Rules Have Been Reset.”

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
     It’s 2029 and since 1997 humans have been engaged in a life or death battle with robots of Skynet. When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured time-line. When Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, he soon realizes that the time-line has been altered and so has his mission. Now faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Sarah and Reese must now reset the future before it’s too late.
     The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) will always be in a league of their own but that does not go without saying that Terminator Genisys (2015) - Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Game of Thrones) and written by Laeta Kalogridis (Altered Carbon, Alita: Battle Angel, Alexander) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) - is an entertaining film that builds upon the already established storyline and creates something that is uniquely its own. The story was well written and engaging despite taking a few turns around the mulberry bush. There is plenty of comedy throughout and the action sequences pay homage to the aesthetic of the original film. While the story plays follows its own scenario, the premise and the characters - both new and old - are very much familiar. I believe that, should they give this film a chance, fans of the franchise will be pleased to learn that they will be getting more than what they expected with this film and that it pays more respect to the source material than any other sequel. 
     The cast performances were great. Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) did an incredible job at playing a young Sarah Conner and she was clearly softer on the eyes then Linda Hamilton (Terminator: Dark Fate) was in the 1984 original film but based upon the story’s premise she made a perfect choice as the titular character. Jai Courtney (The Exception, Divergent series) was way better than Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese then I expected and his chemistry with Emilia was great. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator: Dark Fate) was once again front and center in the action sequences, and he proves that no matter how old he gets he is still a prime action star. His father-daughter relationship with Emilia’s character was great and their obvious age difference helped sell that relationship for the story. Jason Clarke (Pet Sematary, Catharine the Great) was not overly impressive as John Connor, and yet the character was used very well. 
     Overall, Terminator Genisys (2015) may not be as great as the first two films but it was without a doubt an entertaining film that was uniquely it's own. The story is well written, engaging, and contains plenty of comedy throughout. The action sequences were exciting and pay homage to the aesthetic of the original film. The cast performances were great and worked well in carrying the story. All in all, I believe that this film should be given a chance to tell its story and those that take the time to listen will find that they will be getting more than they expected. If your a fan of the franchise then I highly recommend that you check out this film.

Final Vote --- 7.2 of 10 stars

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Movies Similar
Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
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The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
Terminator Genisys (2015)
Terminator Salvation (2009)

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