Movie Review: Terminator Genisys

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The Terminator franchise is back and it is back in a big way. Alan Taylor’s effort in the series is great and should revitalize the once great film series. No matter how you felt about Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines or Terminator Salvation, don’t let those films stop you from checking out Terminator Genisys.

In the fifth installment of the series, the Resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) is launching an attack to end Skynet and save the remaining humans. But before he gets the victory, the artificial intelligence system activates a time machine and sends a terminator back in time to 1984 to kill John’s mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). But John manages to fix the time machine enough to send Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time also to stop the terminator.

The movie then plays exactly like the opening of the original Terminator film until Kyle is attacked by a T-1000 terminator. Meanwhile, the original T-800 that was sent back is destroyed by a waiting Sarah and “Pops” (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a terminator that has protected Sarah since she was a child. Afterward, Kyle meets up with Sarah and Pops and they send themselves to 2017.

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They arrive in 2017 in the middle of the street and are a taken to a hospital. They are met there by John Connor, who unbeknownst to them, has been turned into a terminator himself. Pops meets back up with them and then the battle begins to save them from John while also trying to destroy Genisys, a new operating system designed by Skynet that will try to eliminate the human race.

I don’t want to go into all the details and the ending in case anyone reading this has not seen the movie yet, but it is definitely worth seeing. Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney were all great in their roles. They all gave good performances and I hope we get to see them again. And Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the series was great and very welcomed!

Terminator Genisys is a great film that had me thinking for hours afterward about the timelines of the series. No matter if you liked one or two of the films in the series or all of them, this one definitely ranks up there and may be my favorite after Terminator 2: Judgement Day. So go check it out if you haven’t yet. I’m betting you won’t be disappointed.

Daryl Karpinski Jr.

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