Entertainment Hive 2020

Terminator Genisys

Review by Honey B

Director: Alan Taylor Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K Simmons, Jason Clarke Plot: When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured time-line. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including a new T-800 terminator, the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future. Verdict: Just like a well-oiled machine Arnold Schwarzenegger is back and he's most certainly not obsolete. Director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) has successfully re-booted this lucrative franchise and this fifth movie actually slots in quite nicely after James Cameron's first two Terminator films - it's much better than the third and fourth instalments. Taylor has taken his cues from the original 1984 sci-fi flick and has made sure that the action and special effects are amped up so audience members don't stop to think too much about any time travelling conundrums. What rings true is that the scarred John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the resistance, sends back Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) from a future where the machines have almost wiped out humankind to the year 1984 to save his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones). Reese is expecting a weak Sarah Connor, but this Sarah kicks-arse with her own T-800 Terminator by her side (Schwarzenegger). The killer robot has turned guardian and Sarah is fearless and fierce as she cleans up some 1984 terminator issues and gets Reese up to speed on the new warped timeline. After another jump in a time machine, Connor and Reese land in 2017 with Schwarzenegger's Terminator taking the long way and ageing while amassing an impressive arsenal. But there is also someone else waiting in 2017 to surprise the trio before they attempt to take down Skynet/Genisys - which is much more than a computer operating system. Sure there's plenty of techno-talk but the amazing action and over-the-top special effects keep propelling the storyline forward. Sarah Connor is a welcome addition to this newly minted Terminator flick and she was sorely missed from the previous two films. Clarke, who plays Khaleesi in Game of Thrones, is a true find and is brilliantly feisty yet also vulnerable. Clarke even resembles Linda Hamilton from the original two movies. Courtney as Sergeant Kyle Reese is a good pick and he interacts well with Clarke and Schwarzenegger. Of course, Schwarzenegger is the heart of this film and it's thrilling to see him reprise his robotic role. He is just as good as he was back then and to see him going head-to-head with a younger version of himself is brilliant. Schwarzenegger also brings many of the lighter and cheesier moments to the frenetic flick. This franchise is far from over with a new direction, a new Sarah Connor and the old Arnold Schwarzenegger reinvigorating an old favourite.
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