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Terminator: Genisys is a New Franchise Low

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Terminator: Genisys 

Director: Alan Taylor

Writers: Laeta Kalogridis, Partrick Lussier

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emila Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons

In Terminator: Genisys we see the return of Arnold as a T-800. We also see the return of the Sarah Connor, John Connor, and T-1000 characters unfortunately played by different (and sub-par) actors. Yes, even Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones‘ Daenerys Targaryen) was not on her game. I blame horrible miscasting and poor directing for this. Sarah Connor is supposed to be buff, and intimidating; not cute, and spunky. I mean hell, they make fun of how small she is in a mug shot scene.

I’m a big fan of the Terminator franchise. I even liked the 3rd one (mostly because of the ending). Terminator: Salvation wasn’t great, but it was an interesting enough concept and I consider it canon. What I don’t consider canon however, is Terminator: Genisys. It’s easy not to when you make a movie that exists on an alternate time line and gives a giant middle finger to previous films.

People are claiming this movie ignores the 3rd and 4th movies and is a direct sequel to the 2nd. The only problem is Terminator: Genisys does a great job of ignoring the first two movies as well. Besides the return of T-800 and T-1000 models, and a few nods to the original movies, it is its own thing. Its own plot hole filled, inaccurate, poorly timed thing. I say poorly timed because it deals with issues that have been relevant for a few years now. The James Cameron movies were beyond their time; they were original, and groundbreaking. This movie is about the evils of smart phones and social media which are issues that have been at the forefront of the American conscious for some time now.

The first half of the movie is entertaining in a dumb way. As it dragged on and I could no longer force myself to swallow the misconceived concepts, the movie just became… “in a dumb way.” Any time I see an actual ticking clock or count down as part of the story to help the plot to its climax, I can’t help but lose respect for the writers. (Not that I’d had any respect for the writer of Dracula: 2000 to begin with.) It’s just lazy writing. 

Before this becomes a rant I’ll make it simple for you. Save your money. Do not go to the theater for this. If it’s on TV a few years from now and you have a few brain cells to kill, go for it. Pay attention to how lame the ending is and how poorly it fits with the rest of the Terminator franchise.

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