A Flawless Victory | Review of ‘Terminator Genisys’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Teriminator Genisys starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke & Jai Courtney
Paramount Pictures

John Conner in the year 2029 has defeated the machines, has defeated Skynet and the Terminators, but the machines had a trick up their sleeve. Conner must send his number one lieutenant Kyle Reese to the year 1984 to save his mother. But the timeline has changed, and Sarah Conner is no longer the scared waitress in need of saving. Now a skilled fighter with a Terminator for a guardian, Kyle Reese and Sarah Conner must team up with a new mission: reset the future.

Terminator Salvation was awful, pure and simple. While this film, was amazing, restoring the glory that is the Terminator legacy.

Where to begin? Let’s start with the story. It doesn’t undo the first two films in the series, it takes them but creates a completely new story while capturing a lot he nostalgia from the previous films. The plethora of “déjà vu” moments will make any fan just smile. It was the perfect story to capture old fans and bring in new fans.

The beginning the your standard Terminator beginning, it’s the beginning of the war, John Conner is leading the fight against Skynet, he has defeated them, but not before they send back a Terminator to the past. And who volunteers to follow? Why, none other than Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney). Now the movie has started. The story begins the way everyone knows it. But the past has changed, Skynet sent a Terminator into the past to kill Sara Conner (Emilia Clarke) as a child and her guardian is none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The writers here, Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier, the knew what they were doing here when they wrote the story. They didn’t just make a continuation, they built something knew from used material and, what’s better, they did aa very good job of it. The story was solid, they understood the Terminators, they left no stone unturned and, most importantly, there are absolutely no wholes in this story. Everything flows, the story flows and connects together. There is also nonstop energy in the film from action to comedy and watching the story unfold, it was amazing.

Then there is the cast. Oh my goodness, talk about perfect casting. Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke had the perfect chemistry with one another and they fit their parts. They made the parts their own while respecting what was created before them. They were brilliant for the part. And what is there to say about Arnold? He is the Terminator and fit together so well. Three of them were the perfect team and the dynamic/chemistry that they had was perfect, making the film even more brilliant and fun to watch.

Terminator Genisys is a must see action film that any fan of the franchise is going to love. Let’s be honest here, it’s just an awesome film. (★★★☆ | A)

– Film Credits –

Director: Alan Taylor

Written by Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier

Based on Characters by James Cameron & Gale Anne Hurd

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

Genres | Rating | Length: Science fiction, Action | PG-13 | 2 hr. 6 min.

Distributed by Paramount Pictures

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