REVIEW: Terminator Genisys (2015)

Paramount Pictures poster for Terminator Genisys

The following is a spoiler-free review of Terminator Genisys (2015).

Let me preface this by saying that I love the James Cameron Terminator-films, and even though the 3rd and 4th entries in the franchise were underwhelming, I’ve been very hopeful for this franchise. The Sarah Connor Chronicles was the last good entry in the franchise. I really wanted to like this new beginning of a fresh Terminator-trilogy. But in the end, I got what I feared – another subpar Terminator-film.

You know the basic premise from the trailers (actually the trailers show you too much), and yes this is another film about Kyle Reese going back in time. Only this time, a hopeful movie driven by time travel and twists is ruined by illogical plotpoints (including some elements that go nowhere), as well as a couple of franchise-leading roles that are absolutely miscast.

Though if you’re in this franchise for the heart, you’ll get your money’s worth. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s aged T-800 is now called ‘Pops’, and his relationship with Emilia Clarke’s Sarah Connor is a nice touch. Actually, of the main characters, only Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke do a good job.

In what is an incredibly illogical film, we have two of the four main roles being completely miscast. Jai Courtney’s Kyle Reese is no Michael Biehn, and I don’t buy Jason Clarke as the John Connor of lore – not even the version that this film gives you.

Even the two most interesting casting choices are disappointing. J. K. Simmons is entertaining, but underused – and Matt Smith, well… He’s in it for five minutes. So much for J. Jonah Jameson and Dr. Who.

But the absolute worst part of this film is how it absolutely ruins the Cameron-films for the rest of the franchise. I won’t go into spoilers, but it should drive any and all Terminator-superfans up the wall.

Also, for those of you that tend to leave a theater when the credits start to roll – don’t. There’s more. Terminator Genisys opens in North America on the 1st of July 2015, and is out now in Scandinavia.

Final Score: 4.5 out of 10Terminator Genisys is a miscast mess of a film, which is only serviceable due to Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s performances.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex


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