Terminator Genisys Review!
Ah-nold, and that’s Arnold for those of you without a sense of humor, is back and thank you for it! And hand it to him, undergoing a grueling six hour a day, seven day a week physical training regime to, at 68, get in full action movie shape. And he proves he can still throw down with the best of us as he returns to his star-making role in “Terminator Genisys.”
Here he returns to protect both Sarah Conner, Emilia Clarke filling in for Lynda Hamilton, and Kyle Reese, Jai Courtney filling in for Michael Biehn, from Skynet, which was destroyed but hasn’t been yet. But it’s coming so they sent a T-1000 or liquid metal Terminator NOT played by Robert Patrick instead it’s Yung-hun Lee who is not filling in for Robert Patrick, he’s his own guy. But both Arnold and Sarah intercept him, wait are you confused yet…so was I so I’ll stop there. Timeline and story hasn’t been this messed up since Christopher Nolan took us on an amnesiac ride with “Memento.”
But forget that! That’s the only bad news the good news is this; it’s a film that delivers on all cylinders. It’s a great big, fun summertime popcorn movie that reminds us why we love to go to the movies. It’s huge, it’s fast, it’s funny and the action comes and doesn’t stop even paying homage to the prior films at the same time. I mean after all it is more of a reboot than a sequel, in fact you really don’t have to see the prior films, it wants to give us a new world and new look for this world.
Just watch the opening alone which Arnold tries to settle the score with himself by…oh wait just let me stop because it’s a truly fun and funny sequence that sets up the barrage of car chases, shoot outs, fights and high tech commentary that helps to build up to a conclusion that isn’t just satisfying, it makes you crave for more!
And if that isn’t enough good news here’s more British actress Emilia Clarke, Daenerys Targaryen to “Game of Thrones” fans, in an absolute star-making role is a 100%, full-fledged hottie! Looking buff and ready she manages to prove to all the critics and doubters that she is not only an action star but a leading lady ready to take on Hollywood as she fights not one but two killer cyborgs, flips a bus on the Golden Gate Bridge, handles a shoot out in helicopters through the city scape of San Francisco, and even sneaks in a little joke about her height so she can find a way to tell the naysayers “screw you, I’m the star!” Damn right!
So to quote the film “I’m old, not obsolete,” is a great joke for all thinking that both Arnold and the series has gotten too old, and past it’s prime well that’s settled in the first twenty minutes as Arnold himself takes on….WAIT, STOP!! I’m about to spoil yet another bit of fun, oh heck just let me stop, just check it out! They’re already planning another, if it’s as fun as this one they can make 10 more as far as I’m concerned.
Rating: 3 ½ out of 4 Stars
Written by: Jason Greathouse
Posted on July 6, 2015, in Movie Reviews and tagged action, arnold schwarzenegger, emilia clarke, film monster, jai courtney, terminator genisys review, yung-hun lee. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.