Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Terminator Genisys Review: A Refreshing Restart to Terminator Series
Genisys starts with resistance leader John Conner (Jason Clarke) fighting against the machines alongside his friend Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney). The war has reached its climax as John's initiates his plan to send Kyle back in time to 1984 where the soldier can save Sarah Conner from the Terminator that was sent to kill her. Kyle agrees to go back into the past; but when he arrives, Kyle finds himself in a new 1984. Once arriving Kyle finds a battle harden Sarah Conner (Emilia Clarke) who has prepared to face the machines with the aid of her guardian T-800 "Pops" (Arnold Schwarzenegger). After being informed of the new events, Kyle and Sarah must travel to the year 2017 to prevent Skynet from activating; but stopping the corrupt system will not be easy as the three come face to face with a cybernetic John Conner.
I was surprised at how much I came out liking Terminator Genisys. The movie is far from perfect and it by no means exceeds its predecessor. However the movie took risk in its story and characters; and while these elements could have been stronger, they stilled managed to work to the film's benefit. Add this with the film's wit as well as its action and you have a fairly entertaining blockbuster. In the end Terminator Genisys may not be the strongest reboot that I have seen, but this installment was still a fitting restart for the Terminator franchise.