A mechanical failure: A review of Terminator Genisys

Terminator: Genisys (2015)

Terminator: Genisys (2015)

I had low expectations, which were met, going into this film. I had heard it was bad, it looked bad and it was bad.

I like the first two Terminator films and number 3 is a bit of a romp, yet this is only slightly better than the dismal ‘Terminator: Salvation’. The thing is that it has some moments of fun. The initial scene in which old Arnie meets young Arnie is very well done with excellent special effects. Though apart from some interesting ideas, this attempt to do what JJ Abrams did with ‘Star Trek’ (2009) fails in many ways.

The film was awfully marketed with boring poster campaigns and a trailer that spoilt a major twist. The finished result is messy and flaccid and only seems to be a benchmark for future sequels. The directing is blockbuster bland, the writing full of pandering in jokes, the cast is serviceable (Emilia Clarke retains her dignity) and the music, well, I don’t even remember the music. ‘Terminator: Genisys’ tries hard to be shocking, and to be what it once was, that it doesn’t stop to think about whether it has any reason to exist.

The consequence of this is that it will just breeze past, neither being awful but not being good either. It’s a film of many moving parts but none of them fit together very well.

Rating: C 4/10


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