What do we want? Time travel! When do we want it? That's irrelevant.
Hoyts Melbourne Central - Monday 29 June 2015, 6:45pm (3D)
Running time: 125m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Science fiction violence and infrequent coarse language)
Release date: 02/07/15
Rating: 6/10 (ME 2.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
The war against the machines is over... or so it would seem. Prior to their victory over Skynet, another terminator was sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke) before she could give birth to the leader of the future resistance. Sound familiar? John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends his trusted companion Kyle (Jai Courtney) back in time to save her and protect them all. However, the changes in the future have resulted in Kyle appearing in a different timeline. Confused yet? Sarah, her robotic companion 'Pops' (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Kyle find themselves pursued by a shape-shifting liquid metal robot (déjà vu?) determined to kill them all. Their only hope it to travel forward in time.
More than 30 years after the original 1984 film catapulted Arnold Schwarzenegger into mega stardom, Terminator Genisys takes us back into familiar territory; time travel, naked robots, guns and very corny dialogue. The plot is very confusing in places, but it doesn't derail an otherwise fun ride. The special effects are crisp and spectacular (and the 3D looks flawless), though a robot made out of liquid metal doesn't seem quite as impressive as it did in the 1991 sequel Judgement Day. The performances are not the strength of the film, but are perfectly adequate despite some terrible dialogue.
Terminator Genisys provides a new twist on a story that's already been told. The different timeline provides scope for future sequels (make sure you stay for the teaser during the closing credits) and is also a good entry-level film for those unfamiliar with the previous films. (ME)