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Terminator Genisys (2015)

He said he would be back.

He said he would be back.

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint- it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly, time-y wimey…stuff.”

Doctor Who

I should thank the film Terminator Genisys, since I have been waiting to use that quote in a review for some time (I am a huge fan of Doctor Who).

This was actually the first Terminator film I saw in theaters (I was not born when the first came out, only four when the second was out, and have yet to see the other films). I did not have much hope for this film (I feel it should have ended after T2: Judgement Day, arguably one of the best sequels ever made). Half way through the film, I realized I was right, but I also came to the conclusion that I wish I was wrong.

The movie does have its positive aspects, the main one being that, in his late 60s (!), Arnold Schwarzenegger still has the ability to kick butt and take no prisoners. His character assures us that he is “old, not obsolete”, and his actions more than back that line up. He stars as the latest Terminator, (the credits show him as “Guardian”). The rest of the cast do the best they can, but really, the fault here is the script. I will not describe it entirely, because I am still confused by it. All I will say is that it makes the other films seem unimportant.

I am always ok with films that make you think a lot (“Minority Report“, “Inception“, “Memento“), but it has to be fun to think a lot about the film. Terminator Genisys had too many issues that made it hard for me to like it (mainly the choice of a villain, which I thought was a huge let down).

Parents, the film is PG-13 (obvious that there is violence and swearing, and a little sexual stuff), but I would not take kids to see this unless they have at least seen the first two films, which were stand alone films by themselves. Have them see those films (when they are old enough, of course). Those are what film goers will love to remember most of all, and what Arnold was, and always will be, most famous for.

Overall: Two Stars **

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