Terminator Genisys – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… Terminator Genisys
Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates have all publically mentioned the potential danger that is artificial intelligence. A strong AI might have the capacity to evolve at a rapid rate and eventually regard itself above us.

This is also the narrative of the Terminator series. Artificial intelligence system Skynet has evolved to a point that it realises that mankind is the only potential threat to its existence, to ensure its survival it is determined to remove us from the equation.

Four times its ingenious plan was to send a Terminator, a near-unstoppable killing machine, to kill or prevent the birth of John Connor. Four times it has failed. But that will not stop Skynet from attempting it a fifth time…

The Plot
The fifth instalment of the Terminator franchise starts exactly like the original. The year is 2029 and the humans are finally beating Skynet. In a desperate last attempt to turn the tide Skynet sends a T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) so that resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) can never be born. As a countermove, the humans send Kyle Reese (Jai Courney) back in time to protect Sarah.

Kyle is in for a shock when a Terminator awaits him on the other side. Sarah, accompanied with a T-800 of her own, saves him last minute. While on the run, Sarah and the T-800 explain that the timeline had been altered 10 years earlier and that as a result the 1984 Kyle was told about no longer existed. Regardless, the three of them set out to prevent the future from coming to pass by destroying Skynet before it was ever released.

Should I Watch It?
Terminator Genisys holds true to the action-packed Sci-Fi formula of the franchise. Think of many action scenes with tons of different weapons and many explosions. The movie keeps a fast and steady pace that keeps you entertained throughout the entire movie.

In the by now familiar 2015 trend, Terminator Genisys borrows a lot from its predecessor. From using the same iconic music to literally reshooting scenes from its original. Since they take it a different way I did not particularly mind, and some of it was actually kind of neat. The story is easy to follow and takes you on an entertaining explosion-filled roller coaster.

The acting, to be honest, is not really that great. Especially Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney were a bit of a let down. To me they really felt a bit miscast. Due to her short stature Emilia Clarke looks like she is 12 and cannot really be taken seriously fighting Terminators, while Jai Courtney just looks too generic and shares none of the traits Michael Biehn’s Kyle Reese portrayed in the original film.

I have dropped the word entertaining a couple of times already, and that is because it completely describes this movie. There are no memorable scenes, no strong new catchphrases, no mind-blowing plot twists, but also no terrible parts. It is a movie that lets you just sit down and enjoy the ride.

Yes, watch it.


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