2015 has been the year when old franchises make a comeback. We already know what a monster “Jurassic World” has become and many experts are predicting that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will shatter those records. Before that happens another old franchise is making its way back into theaters today, July 1 “Terminator Genisys.”
This new installment is acting as a sequel, prequel and reboot all at the same time. Kyle Reese, now being played by Jai Courtney is sent back in time to protect Sarah Conner, “Game of Throne’s” Emilia Clarke from the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger). However, things do not go as they did in the original movie. Not only must Kyle and Sarah deal with the original T-800 Terminator, the T-1000 is there and a brand new Terminator that takes everyone by surprise. They do have help as another T-800 Terminator has been watching over Sarah since she was a little girl.
James Cameron was in the news last month because he saw “Terminator Genisys” and gave it a positive review, calling it the true follow up to “T2.” After seeing the movie it’s hard to believe he was being genuine. This is another poor entry in the franchise that has not been the same since Cameron left it. Often imitated, never duplicated. It does not matter who is at the helm of a Terminator movie, they can’t recreate the classics of James Cameron.
If you have never seen a Terminator movie before, don’t worry because this movie will explain everything you need to know about the movies. Everything! The other Terminator movies have used a narrator to set the story up and that device is used again with Kyle taking on that role. Writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier makes sure he lays everything out for the audience. It gets very tedious for anyone who has seen the original movies.
Director Alan Taylor just found great success with his last movie, “Thor: The Dark World” by surpassing the original movie in that franchise. The Terminator movies are greatly known for their action sequences, but while Taylor has shown a skill for this in the past, he rarely executes it in “Terminator Genisys.” His best effort involves a school bus, but most of the other scenes feel played out and doesn’t get anyone excited about them. He never creates any tension in the movie until the very end (better late than never). However, outside of that, the movie can get downright boring.
Like any good Terminator movie, there is some humor in it, with Schwarzenegger getting the majority of those laughs. This entry is in 3D, but it looks like a conversion job. It’s not a bad one, but you don’t lose or gain anything by seeing it in 2D. They made the movie PG-13 so a bigger audience can attend, but it’s doubtful it will find even half the success “Jurassic World” just found.