Terminator Genysis *


IMDB Synopsis: When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.

The “Terminator” franchise is like a zombie that just won’t die. It has been a long time since it was alive. It died a tragic death and it keeps coming back to life, each time more decrepit than the last. “Terminator: Genisys” is the latest in the franchise and it is the worst. This is a new low in fact.

Instead of trying to move the story along further the new creative team, including director Alan Taylor, attempt a reboot by sending the characters back in time to the 80’s, just before the first ever Terminator arrived in the first film. This leads to recasting actors like Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton with bland actors like Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke. These two pale in comparison to the original cast. I don’t really blame them though as they are seriously miscast here.

Some of the events from the first film are remade which intrigued me a bit but it also made me long for the original two films in this series. From there the plot fast forwards through time, making stops, gathering others characters, encountering others, getting into fights and chases, all without any real rhyme or reason.

The visual effects have become a CGI nightmare which is a shame when you think that the earlier films broke new ground with these types of visuals. The creators are also now aiming for a PG-13 rating with really sucks. The edge of the series has vanished as well as the intense violence which was a big part of the story. Man versus machine has become a bloodless mess. At this point you might as well create the human characters with CGI and get it over with.

Please let it end here. Three sequels in a row that did not measure up to the earlier flicks. The last two particularly have really pounded nails in to the coffin of a once great franchise. Audiences have left these films behind as well so why do they keep getting made?


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