Come With Me If You Want To Know About Terminator Genisys…
When it comes to movie reviews, I’m the Captain Ultra of the internet. And so when I decided to write a review of Terminator Genisys for Pulp Nation, I knew my approach was going to have to original, brief and above all, effective. So here we go, a top ten countdown that will hopefully help you decide whether or not to see Arnold’s return to the summer blockbuster arena.
10) It’s worth your time – and money. Let’s face it, venturing to the multiplex (especially with one’s family unit), can be a ridiculously-costly affair these days. Especially if you’re hungry. And after the last two installments, I knew I was extremely hesitant to hand over any more of my hard-earned cash to the Terminator franchise. You no doubt feel the same.
The good news is, Terminator Genyisis pulls out all the stops to erase the trauma of the last two films. How do they do it? Glad you asked. I’ll let you know in nine more points.
9) Yes, this is a reboot – and even the characters know it. This film borrows a page from the new Star Trek franchise and uses time travel to create an alternate timeline, something Jai Courtney’s Kyle Reese is almost immediately informed of upon his arrival in 1984. By Sarah Connor, no less. And her Guardian Terminator, of course. But more on that in a minute.
8) Is that dragon chick from Game of Thrones any good as Sarah Connor? As the T-800 Terminator would say, affirmative. Emilia Clarke is no Linda Hamilton but fortunately for us, she doesn’t try to be. She kicks butt in her own way. As you’ve no doubt surmised from the trailers and pre-reviews, this Sarah Connor has been preparing to fight Skynet long before it sends a machine back in time to wipe her out. But Clarke still infuses plenty of vulnerability into her role. And it definitely pays off.
7) Is the plot as muddled as all the paradoxes it contains? Yes and no. Sure, the time travel will make your head hurt, but you won’t get washed away by it. In a nutshell: John Connor sends Kyle Reese back to save his mom from Skynet’s machinations (and to impregnate her while doing so). But Reese arrives and meets a Sarah who was raised by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 before her parents were killed in the Seventies by a T-1000. Raised by Arnold’s Guardian, Sarah is more than prepared to kill the other T-800. But there’s still the matter of Skynet’s rise to power and few surprises – including more time traveling – along the way.
6) Are the villains any good? I missed Robert Patrick’s T-1000 terribly, but Lee Byung-hun does his best and I loved seeing a CGI 1984 Arnold show up. And there are other baddies, but saying more would spoil things. Trust me though, the film’s villains don’t disappoint.
5) Is the action up to T2’s standards? Definitely! You won’t see as many cops get knee-capped, but things get blown up real good. The Terminators are as awesome as ever.
4) Is the series faithful and respectful of the franchise? Yep. Miles Dyson (and even his kid), show up. We get the signature lines and situations we’re used to but twisted enough to make them fresh.
3) Are the twists awesome but not mind-numbing? Indeed. In fact, the Eleventh Doctor (credited here as “Matthew Smith”), appears in a brief but pivotal, original role that will have fans and hardcore nerds smiling.
2) Is there a Marvelesque post-credits scene? Yes, you should stay in your seat a few minutes longer. You’ll be glad you did. The extra scene helps ensure the future of this rebooted franchise
And finally, the Big Question…
1) Is Arnold any good? You betcha! Not only does this film offer a plausible explanation for Arnold’s current appearance, we get to see some cool Arnold-on-Arnold action. (I’m referring to the Guardian vs. the 1984 T-800 battle. Perverts.) The humor isn’t up to Avengers’ standards, but Arnie can still deliver a one-liner and literally throw himself into the fray without appearing pathetic.
And there you have it; my first movie review for Pulp Nation. The rest is up to you, moviegoers. See you in the future…