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From left Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor and Right Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese in “Terminator Genysis”.
Pulling a page from X-Men Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer, Alan Taylor’s Terminator Genisys, is a far better film than its Predecessor Salvation. Having found a balance between commentary on the digital age and merging timelines, Genisys finds itself an outlier among recent entries. Despite that its box office is no better than the latter.
2029 a scarred John Connor (Jason Clarke) fights his final battle against the AI giant Skynet. Collaborating with his LA branch the resistance has won and Connor with his resistance soldiers’ fight to take down the final weapon the machine can use against him. However, It’s never that easy, as skynet has already sent back another Terminator to the past with the intention of inevitably killing off Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). Those familiar with Cameron’s Original Terminator (1984) will recognize the LA Back Drop in which Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) travels back to. As the film, recreates some of the most intriguing moments from earlier on in the franchise.
JK Simmons’s O’Brien can only summed up as a bridge between the failed TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the films. At no point does the character serve an actual purpose in the film other than to obsess over Sarah Connor and her T-800 with whom she named “pops”(Arnold Schwarzenegger). Richard T Jones’ James Ellison was the detective on Chronicles that had “understanding” with what Sarah Connor was attempting to prevent from happening, despite omitting certain details in reports to his superiors. This element that has been with the franchise since its inception continues to prove its futility with every new entry.
Genisys, thought best of the IOS on your IPhone, is the program that skynet uses to root itself into the homes of the everyman living in this alternate universe. Recalling a memory he never remembers happening, Kyle Reese insists that the trio travel to 2017 to eradicate Genisys before it can even be uploaded to internet and stop judgment day from becoming a thought in the AI’s Matrix. However, the 1984 Reese is sent back to is different as they are not only attacked by a T-800 (Schwarzenegger’s double donning a CGI Mask), but a T-1000 (Byung-Hun Lee) before any sort of dialogue exchange can happen with Connor or Reese.
Easily the most exciting and entertaining entry to be produced in this franchise, Genisys manages to bring the story full circle while forging new relationships between characters that, well already know each other. Considering everyone in the cast is a newcomer with the exception of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney find some chemistry, as they are soon to be parents of John Connor. Clarke finds intensity with her interpretation Sarah Connor and fringes on upstaging both Linda Hamilton and Lena Headey, as this is most uptight version of the character to be created yet. Jai Courtney tries to adjust his mood according to the situation at hand as he seduces Connor in the process of helping the save the world, yet again. Schwarzenegger’s “Pops” continues to remind the happy couple that he’s “not outdated, just old” as the argument shifts from character to character, in the film’s introduction. Jason Clarke’s John Connor whom appears briefly in the beginning of the film comes off as a smarter more matured version of the character since his last appearance.
Given that this franchise has seen its fair share of problems and timeline shifts, Genisys provides a satisfactory conclusion to all of it. Granted, the only character in the franchise not to appear is Katherine Brewster whom served as John Connor’s love interest in the last two entries.
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From Left Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor and Right Arnold Schwarzenegger as “pops” in “Terminator Genisys”