The Terminator was always funny, whether he was a cyborg assassin sent from the future to assassinate Sarah Connor, or a reprogrammed good-guy robot protecting Sarah from more advanced and evil robots such as the T-1000 or the T-X. Of course, he wasn’t trying to be funny, which is why lines such as “I’ll be back” killed it.
Terminator Genisys is the fifth installment in the movie franchise, and although there were way better special effects in this installment, The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) are the best installments in this franchise, end of story. Even though Rise of the Machines (2003) and Salvation (2009) had their moments, with each succeeding film, the events of the first two movies lose their dramatic gravitas, because the Skynet synthetic intelligent machine conglomerate keeps reaching into the past to rearrange everything.
Terminator: Genisys jump-starts in 2029, where John Connor (Jason Clarke) is leading the human resistance against the machines. It appears as if the humans are about to win, but Skynet has that fallback emergency plan — a giant time machine so they can send a T-800 cyborg back to 1984 to kill John’s mother Sarah before John can be born. In 1984 however, a lot of things have been changed and it is up to Kyle, Sarah and the T-800 to ensure that Judgment Day doesn’t happen.
Having Arnold Schwarzenegger back on the franchise is an awesome boost, and he delivers the Guardian’s lines with perfect timing and creates an empathetic character. Of course the special effects are more impressive than ever. But nearly every curveball offered up in this new parallel-universe version of the Terminator world isn’t as interesting or as original as the timeline we loved in the first place.
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