Terminator Genisys is a sad attempt to reboot a franchise that’s past its prime and a big-budgeted action film that’s not worth a dime.
Genisys is your run-in-the-mill cash grab by producers who want to make easy money by repackaging an old product for the new generation and rope in nostalgic fans.
This would have been forgivable if a reboot had a creative twist.
Terminator Genisys has none.
The latest installment tweaks the old premise to reset the timeline and launch a new franchise. As the trailer hinted, this lead to a convoluted plot.
The movie rehashes memorable moments from previous films. The Terminator rights would revert back to Cameron in 2019, so Megan Ellison had to hurry up to squeeze two movies out of the asset. The result is a feature-length throwback video that doesn’t offer anything substantial.
The CGI looks cartoonish. How many times are we going to encounter a new better equipped model only to be somehow defeated by the old one?
Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to make it work, but the old jokes are stale. Jai Courtney (the poor man’s Sam Worthington) does what he is supposed to do, but his Kyle Reese is unlikeable. Jason Clarke is capable, but his role is an alibi for a weak reboot (or requel?). Emilia Clarke overacts and turns Sarah Connor into a monomaniac. J.K. Simmons is a ray of light as he provides the much needed self-aware humor in the film.
In the end, Terminator Genisys is a useless reboot. Sarah and Kyle will still trigger the same events. Skynet is renamed into Genisys with a typical evil A.I. avatar. And then there’s T-1000, kept alive for nostalgia.
All angles to the story have already been tackled by the previous films – the unlikely team-up of man and a machine; the struggle between destiny and autonomy; the blurred line between humanity and artificial intelligence, and the inevitability of the future. But producers can’t let this franchise go.
The franchise has become memorabilia that wouldn’t sell at even half of its original price. The movie bombed in America because of obvious reasons.
Terminator Genisys isn’t a decent reboot nor a serviceable blockbuster flick. It’s a forgettable mildly amusing relic from a forgotten timeline.
Terminator Genisys is a sad attempt to reboot a franchise that's past its prime and a big-budgeted action film that's not worth a dime.