Title: Terminator Genisys (2015)
Director: Alan Taylor
Writers: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier
Based on: Characters by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance, Lee Byung-Hun, Michael Gladis, Sandrine Holt, and Bryant Prince
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 126 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity, and brief strong language
Production Company: Skydance Productions
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future.
When Terminator Genisys was released last year, I didn’t even think twice when I decided not to watch it. Since lately I am very interested with Emilia Clarke, I decided to watch it now. I didn’t know much about Terminator, but I do know the main point of the story. I guess it helps a bit when I watched it because if I didn’t know anything about it, I am not going to know what the hell is going on in the film the entire time. Just like when the first time I watched Terminator Salvation (2009). At that time, I watched it with my friend, I don’t remember who, but I really had no idea what’s happening in the film, actually, I still have no idea. In fact, I already forget about that film entirely. Afterwards, if I’m right, I asked someone about the story of Terminator. I guess that helps a lot because I do understand this film now. Or at least, most of it.
“Come with me if you want to live! NOW, SOLDIER!” – Sarah Connor
I know that Emilia Clarke is good at speaking different accent, and in this film, you can hear there is no trace of her British accent. I think a good actress can always do different accents without showing his/her original accent. Seeing Emilia Clarke so many times in Game of Thrones, I think I have seen her other sides now. She’s a good actress after all. You can see the way she played Sarah Connor. She genuinely looks care for Kylie Reese and Pops, yep, the Terminator T-800 has now been given a name by Sara Connor. It’s funny to see Pops. With his plain and straight face, he can actually make jokes, though he never intended to. Arnold Schwarzenegger is finally back again. If I remember correctly, in the last film, he only showed up for awhile, so it’s nice to see him back again with his favourite slogan. I’m sure everyone who watched Terminator wants to see him. I’m not a fan, but I don’t think I can imagine another actor played the Terminator as well as him. Lee Byung-Hun as T-1000 is impressive. He’s a great actor and even though he didn’t speak at all, his acting is just so good.
As for the story, since I don’t know about the past films, I think Terminator Genisys is good enough. Well, entertaining enough, I guess. Do I like it? Not really. But it’s enjoyable, really. The action is not as tensed as I hope, but it’s entertaining enough. At least to me. I don’t know about the Terminator fans out there. What I don’t like perhaps the never-ending story. When I think it’s finally come to an end, the after credit scene says otherwise. Perhaps that’s why I don’t really like this kind of film.
Anyway, Terminator Genisys is still enjoyable and Emilia Clarke did a great job in this film. You don’t have to ask about Arnold Schwarzenegger, he is really great in playing Terminator.
I give Terminator Genisys 7 out of 10 stars.