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Published On: Thu, Jul 2nd, 2015

‘Terminator Genisys’ review: Arnold back in muddled mess of time travel

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as Terminator, which is being reboot again with Terminator: Genisys, using the time travel premise to steal from the 1984 James Cameron film and create new confusing paradox of plot holes and bad ideas.

Fulfilling the events in the previous films, John Connor (Jason Clarke) leads the rebellion to victory over Skynet just as the original Arnold Terminator is sent back to murder Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). Jai Courtney plays Kyle Reese, who is sent back to thwart to assault, only to find that the timeline has been altered.

After a replay of scenes, it is revealed that another Terminator was sent back years ago to protect Sarah, going by Pops, and now the entire “space-time continuum” is so disrupted, the audience may expect Doc Brown to emerge with a chalkboard explanation.

Sentimental attempts to please the fanboys fall flat after a few minutes and Arnold’s dry wit is just not endearing like it was in T-2. One the next phase of time travel meddling is complete, the massive plot hole is ignored and the story repeats the same ole theme: stop judgment day.

This time Genisys is a 2017 Internet uplink uniting the globe and opening the door for Skynet to highjack all of the world’s technology to turn on humanity and usher in the apocalypse.

Dropping the poster early and spoiling the big twist in the teaser was likely a huge mistake, as the eye-popping visuals aren’t enough to keep the audience interested in the futile story devices.

Terminator Genisys  first cast photo Matt Smith Jai CourtneyThere are entertaining sequences, some great CGI and actual suspense, well sort of…Sarah and Kyle are always at risk, but you never feel convinced they will perish.

The biggest flaw is the make-up: horrible applications during the early John Connor scenes and despite the explosions, Sarah and Kyle always look at though they could model for Vogue magazine.

Lost is toughness of Sarah Connor, the true menacing nature of the Skynet Terminator and a heartfelt evolution of Arnold’s Terminator. The “I’ll Be Back” moment was ruined in the trailer and just proves that the marketing was as much of a bust as the over-hyped story.

Overall Terminator: Genisys receives 2 stars out of 5

I struggled because I love the franchise and don’t despise Terminator 3 as much as most fanboys. The first half of the film captured the nostalgia which made Jurassic World so successful. Once we hit the “new time jump,” it’s impossible to explain the existence of John Connor in the conventional timeline and how the story makes any sense.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator Genesys poster

 

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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