Schwarzenegger proves that the franchise is indeed “nothing but a relic in a deleted timeline”.
Set against the backdrop of the Resistance War, Terminator Genisys sees Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), right hand soldier to resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke), sent back in time to 1984 to prevent a Terminator assassin from killing his leader's mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke).
While Genisys attempts to rewrite the Connor narrative and everything Terminator junkies had invested in the past 30 years, the reboot is less than a stone's throw away from James Cameron's original 1984 and Judgement Day setup. It is essentially a summary of the first two installments, repackaged with advanced CGI and visuals, as well as niftier, more intimidating Terminator endoskeletons.
The mini twist that Genisys milks way too much for its own good: John Connor has been acquired by the robots and is no longer the last hope of mankind. He is Skynet's.
JOHN CONNOR BECOMES T-3000, HUMAN-ROBOT HYBRID
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The underlying premise of Terminator Genisys is decent; Kyle Reese is unable to accept that John Connor has been "terminator-ed" to become a human-cyborg hybrid, the T-3000. At the same time unable to trust a guardian terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger's aging robot. This speaks of a blurring division we were previously quick to assume - between skynet and mankind - and challenges our problematic human tendency to confine people to their lanes.
FIRE CANNOT KILL A TERMINATOR
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Though it pays homage to the first two films, Genisys fails to compensate for its plot and scriptwriting with nostalgic scenes. Its attempt at humour borders on overbearing, with Schwarzenegger's attempt to blend in with humans and protective father-like veneer only drew obligatory laughter to ease the otherwise cringeworthy silence.
GENISYS GIVES TERMINATOR FANS AN EASTER EGG
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Genisys proves to be relatively entertaining, with a pretty solid opening future war sequence, and fight scenes that left all fearing for Schwarzenegger's T-800, that is vastly outmatched by the T-1000 and it's liquid metal blade, let alone John Connor's T-3000. However, it eventually dulls into the usual car/bus/truck/helicopter chase scenes; every action scene was basically envisioned in the previous installments, the exception being an innovative T-1000 destruction with hydrochloric acid.
SLEEKER T-1000 COMPARED TO T2: JUDGEMENT DAY
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When not occupied by choreographed action sequences, writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier try to account for the warped alternate timeline (that will not hold up upon close analysis) by exploiting the consequences of time travelling with a load of technical mumbo jumbo. Everything becomes wibbly wobbly timey wimey. In fact, the new arrangement of a Connor-Reese family reunion feels like a ripped off storyline from Doctor Who. The explanation is a stopgap, and serves as a greedy excuse to set us up for another installment in the future.
GENISYS IS ACTION PACKED, NO DOUBT
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The entire franchise is a metaphor in itself; it tries to goes back into our past and alter our pre-existing understanding of the Connor chronicles. But because we still remember both timelines, the franchise feels like it is losing its direction and thus becoming "nothing but a relic in a deleted timeline". The bottomline is, I am not so sure "I'll be back" for the sequel to this reboot.