Movie Review : Terminator Genisys

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As a fan of the original Terminator movie and it’s sequel (I admit, my interest waned after just the two) and with some dodgy reviews surfacing, I approached this movie rather cautiously. But I was really keen to see Khaleesi Emilia Clarke and the two Aussie leads, Clarke and Courtney in action so I cleared my mind and settled in for the ride.

The story remains pretty much the same. The future is run by machines and John Connor (Clarke) sends his best mate/father Kyle Reese (Courtney) back to 1984 to save his mother Sarah. There are some very familiar aspects but as with all generational sequels, a lot has changed. I was never so into the Terminator series that I feel cheated, although judging by some reactions around me, it seems at just 20 minutes in, many already feel betrayed.

I wasn’t one of those people because the moment I saw Sarah Connor (Clarke) was even more of a bad ass than I recalled, I was hooked.

So Kyle is back in 1984 with Sarah and so is Schwarzenegger as a Terminator. Then John comes back too. Then they jump forward in time. Then again. ARGH!!!

Okay so here it became a little convoluted and it became obvious that there were lots of loose ends and unfinished business for a reason. This is the first in a trilogy. A quick Google search when I got home confirmed this to be true.

The devil in this movie is an app, Genisys which is scarily, eerily like icloud from the little I know. I am not a big internet sharer to begin with so my knowledge is, indeed, limited. But it all seems rather plausible to me and I did sit and watch, fearing the worst from our own reality.

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I really enjoyed this movie, mostly I think because it tapped into my conspiracy theorist heart. I regularly admonish those around me who share all online and silently dread their Judgement Day.

The special effects were pretty standard, lots of guns and car chases. The Terminators are as creepy as ever and this is always the real treat for me….. that sense of dread as they hunt their prey.

Genisys jumped around and twisted and turned in on itself but so what. Sarah Connor is STILL a heroine for the ages and will kick any arse that dares to challenge her. Jason Clarke can be deliciously evil and I loved funny Arnie. No sequel or remake will ever capture the brilliance of the original but this was an interesting and very entertaining movie.

3 stars

Love Flick xx

Director :  Alan Taylor

Starring : Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B Vance, Byung-hun Lee

Running Time :  125 minutes

Release Date :  2 July 2015

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