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Film Review: Terminator Genisys Brings Franchise Back On The Map

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Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator in TERMINATOR GENISYS from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Paramount Pictures will release the latest addition in the Terminator franchise with Terminator Genisys. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons Matthew Smith, and Byung-hun Lee. It is directed by Alan Taylor who directed the Marvel film Thor: The Dark World.

Latest addition in the Terminator franchise 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 timeline. 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…

When going into this film and watching all the promotional items related to it from Wrestlemania to the television commercials I felt the plot was given away too much and didn’t leave much. That changed as soon as the film started and you see the direction the story line was taking it just pulled me in to the new direction of characters that are now 30 years old. It brought me back to a child in the 80’s watching the film for the very first time. As you see shots for the original film redone with Jai Courtney version of Kyle Reese.

The acting in general is really good as well pulling you into the story written by Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier. Emilia Clarke brings the spirit of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Conner. Jason Clarke brings a dimension to John Conner that has not been seen on-screen before.

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Left to right: Jason Clarke plays John Connor and Jai Courtney plays Kyle Reese in TERMINATOR GENISYS from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Most importantly Arnold is back! He is so good as the Terminator again but in this film as more of a guardian to Sarah Connor than someone out to kill her or help protect her. Almost as a father figure that fits well for the former Governor of California. Alan Taylor’s work on this film just built on the happiness I had with Thor: The Dark World and with Terminator he brings back the franchise to a status not seen since Terminator: Judgement Day.

Overall, this film is so much fun. It is an amusement park ride from beginning to end with a story that is well done with hints of a future that maybe closer to reality than we would like. It made me forget the last two Terminator film Rise of the Machine and Salvation. This film is what the other two should have been when it came to production and especially story.

I do recommend to see this film in IMAX 3D as the 3D for this film is well done and really puts you in the action. Terminator Genisys opens officially on July 1.

Terminator Genisys – A

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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