John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be.
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Written by: Laeta Kalogridis, and Patrick Lussier
The franchise with one of the craziest story lines is the Matrix. However, the Terminator franchise might be catching up to that. For the Terminator franchise, they seem to continually want to go back to the where the technology for the robots is created. Yes, it's a good idea within the plots of the movies, but from a movie watching experience it seems to be getting old already. At this point, lets just move on from after Judgment Day.
A lot of the plot in "Terminator Genisys" centers around time travel, and the repercussions that has. First a terminator goes back in time, and then Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) follows. When he goes back it seriously seems like the audience is about to be thrown into a remake, but things are not like the 1984 audiences saw in "Terminator." They can get some credit for changing up 1984, but the story then gets too tied up in time travel. When the characters have to spend so much time explaining it, then it's probably gotten too complicated.
One good thing that results from the time travel is the return of Arnold as a terminator. Having a Terminator movie without him isn’t a good idea. There's a pretty cool fight scene between a young and old Arnold, of course as a terminator. Things don't change too much, as he plays the heroic robot again willing to do anything to protect Sarah (Emilia Clarke). He takes on several terminators, and even jumps from one helicopter into another one. And as usual, he has a few small comedic robot moments.
While the story is important, what really counts in this franchise is the action. There's plenty of it, including the aforementioned helicopter scene. Also, there's a good chase scene involving a bus. It seems like they always have a chase scene with a large vehicle. The action really picks up when Sarah, Kyle, and the terminator have to fight a surprising bad guy. Oh wait, the surprise is ruined if the audience pays attention to the movie poster. Oh well, it still isn’t a bad idea for the story.
In the end, "Terminator Genisys" has a plot that gets a little too complicated with all the time traveling. If they do another movie, it should be set after Judgment Day, even if that's what they are trying to prevent from happening. A futuristic battle, featuring Arnold, might be a good way to go. While the story is too much, the action is explosive as usual so I give it 2.5 pools of blood.