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Review: Terminator Genisys

A well executed action film hit the cinemas which simply acts as a breakaway from the real world

Review: Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys

James Gilmore

W!ZARD News Author

The Terminator franchise has always been a marmite-type, you either love it or you hate it. Without a doubt, the films released thus far have great appeal – Schwarzenegger’s bold character and hours of epic futuristic fighting, but when the latest release Terminator Genisys was announced earlier this year, it was met with mixed reception.

Terminator Genisys fits after the third Terminator film and follows Sergeant Kyle Reese (played by Jai Courtney) as he goes back in time to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (played by Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future by destroying the infamous ‘Genisys’ system before it ever launched.

However, when he arrives in 1984, nothing is how he expected it to be.

Full of action packed shooting scenes, chases and suspense – Director Alan Taylor has done a good job to ensure that this addition fits into the infamous franchise comfortably.

It works nicely as a classic action film, and there have been many films like it. Terminator Genisys is not going to revolutionise the SciFi-action genre anytime soon, but there are so many other films being released that are constantly trying to ‘revolutionise the industry’ that it is nice to see a safe, well executed action film hit the cinemas which simply acts as a breakaway from the real world.

There’s nothing special about this film, but that’s not necessarily a fault – in itself, the fact that there’s nothing ‘special’ about it makes it a safe choice if you’re stuck as to what you should see in the cinema this Summer. However, with the huge range of films being released this July-August period, this shouldn’t be an issue – however, it is likely going to be a hit to Terminator Genisys’ box office ratings.

There are elements of the film that are slightly underwhelming - Arnold Schwarzenegger seems a bit tired in the role and, if the franchise has any hope of continuing, they may want to start scouting a replacement. Furthermore, there are several plot holes in the film and it is predictable to the highest degree.

As well as that, the film can get quite confusing at times – with multiple time shifts taking place in the film, it can become difficult to follow. However, if you do pay attention and follow the film attentively, you’re likely to have a good time.

If you aren’t into male strippers, animations about emotions or theme park dinosaurs, Terminator Genisys is worth a visit – however, it may be time that the franchise stops coming back and fly’s away for good.



Terminator Genisys from Paramount Pictures is in cinemas nationwide now.

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