I took in the new Terminator Genisys film last night so it’s still fresh on my mind. I got a very “Back To The Future II” vibe from it because there was a lot of time travel, and at least one alternate timeline. As a side note, BTTF2 got time travel so very right, no movie can possible compare to it. Some come close, but there can be only one… Or three as it is in the case of the trilogy.
The movie got a lot of things right. It was pretty well-paced and didn’t leave me bored or lost at any point. I figure they had to make the story pretty snappy to cover for the humdrum performances by Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke. The former was apparently in Die Hard V: Isn’t McClane Dead Yet? and the latter shows her boobs in Game Of Thrones. I’ve not seen either and have no intention of doing so. I can’t oftentimes say it, but Schwarzenegger was the highlight of the film. I can’t throw around something like him being the best actor in the film (after all, J.K. Simmons is in it and he’s awesome), but he sure did a great job. It never felt over the top with his scenes and that is also quite the achievement. Anyways, I did enjoy the movie and have a lot of positive things to say with only a few pseudo-negatives. I’ll explain that in a moment.
The time travel was done pretty well. I don’t claim to know how much of it lies in the realm of science and am okay with shutting off my thinking mind for a couple hours when an enjoyable film like this requires. There’s the Judgment Day timeline which sees Kyle Reese travel to 1984 from 2027. Judgment Day happens in that 1997. Before travelling back however, something happens and Reese now is faced with what they call a Nexus Point and Reese is now getting new memories from an alternate timeline that he wasn’t actually a part of. Reese and Sarah Connor travel to the new timeline in 2017. Judgment Day never happened in this new timeline. We’re now encroaching on “rebooting” the Terminator series, but it’s worth being cognizant of at least the first two movies to see how they fit with this new film. Far as I can tell, the third and fourth films can be written off completely.
I do have a few complaints though. I mentioned pseudo-negatives earlier, at least half-regretting the use of “pseudo”. Regardless, there are a few issues that I have. I try not to SPOILER ALERT a lot but there is a chance I’m veering into spoiler territory.
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Who sent the T-800 back to 1973 to fight the T-1000? Who sent the T-1000 back to 1973 in the first place? I did a little online reading and the writers mentioned that this question was purposefully left unanswered and would be tackled in a sequel. I guess the Terminator rights revert back to James Cameron in 2019 when he’ll have them in Avatar 3 or some such nonsense. How were the T-800 and Sarah Connor able to avoid the T-1000 for eleven years until the “new” conflict in 1984? That seems curious to me.
I think Terminator Genisys has promise. I got past the wooden acting by the non-robotic characters to enjoy a movie that is all over the place. It’s as enjoyable as the first two Terminator films and I’m excited to see if the movie can make enough international money to warrant a sequel to answer some of the questions that were left obviously hanging. I hope this doesn’t let me down like Tron Legacy did. Why a third Tron film isn’t moving forward is beyond me. That shit was awesome!