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Hi folks, Hope you are well. Here is my review of “Terminator Genysis” which we  saw recently at the cinema (Released at cinema on 2 July 2015).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

This film is the fifth installment in the terminator franchise and is a combination of sequel/reboot of the previous terminator movies.

It begins in the far-future, with John Connor having just destroyed Skynet, but too late to stop it sending back the T-800 of the original 1984 film. This, of course, prompts Conner to send his good friend Kyle Reese back in time to save his mother. But as Kyle floats in the machine’s magnetic field, he witnesses John being attacked and receives new memories from his childhood about events in 2017.

Upon arrival in 1984, Skynet’s T-800 is disabled by Sarah and the Guardian Terminator (Arnold Schwarznenegger), a reprogrammed T-800 sent to protect her when she was nine years old (affectionately called Pops by Sarah). Kyle arrives a short time later and is immediately attacked by another terminator the (T-1000 played by Lee byung-hun). Sarah and the Guardian join Kyle and destroy the T-1000 using acid. Sarah and the Guardian reveal they have constructed a makeshift time machine similar to Skynet’s, and that Sarah plans to travel to 1997 – the year Skynet becomes self-aware. We learn that the timeline has split in two, with Reese now suffering flashbacks from an alternative universe in which he grew up without the machines. Realizing the timeline has been altered, Kyle is convinced that the future has changed due to the warning he received in his childhood vision. He persuades Sarah to travel to 2017 instead to stop Skynet.

In 2017, Kyle and Sarah materialize in the middle of a busy San Francisco highway and are apprehended by city police. While being treated for injuries, Sarah and Kyle learn that Skynet is called “Genisys”, a soon-to-be-unveiled global operating system that is being embraced by the public. John Connor appears and rescues Sarah and Kyle, but the Guardian appears and immediately shoots John, revealing that he is an advanced T-3000 Terminator. While Kyle was being sent back through time, Skynet was in the form of a T-5000 (Matt Smith) disguised as a member of the Resistance. It attacked John and transformed him into a Terminator. John was tasked with ensuring Cyberdyne Systems’ survival and traveled back in time to assist them with the development of Genisys.

Able to escape to a safe house, Sarah, Kyle, and the Guardian make final preparations to destroy Cyberdyne’s Genisys mainframe. They head toward Cyberdyne’s headquarters with the T-3000 in close pursuit. During an airborne chase, the Guardian divebombs into the T-3000’s helicopter, causing it to crash. The T-3000 survives the crash and enters the Cyberdyne complex, where it advances the countdown from 13 hours to 15 minutes.

In the cyberdyne complex there is a climatic battle between the T-3000 and Sarah, Kyle and Guardian. In addition, Genisys starts to become self aware and complicates matters.

I was really looking forward to this film and I was not let down. It is basically a sequel to Terminator 1 and 2 and completely ignores Terminator 3:Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation. The effects and CGI were brilliant. Arnold was superb with his one liners. The core trio of Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, and Arnold Schwarzenegger work pretty well together, balancing action and humor with ease and timing. And it was very clever how they incorporated events of the original 1984 terminator film into it. The battle between the old guardian Terminator and the young T-800 was very clever indeed. The younger Arnold scene made bought back fond memory’s of seeing the terminator all over again. I thought it was much better than the previous terminator films (Terminator Salvation).  In fact, I though it was a really good terminator movie that also manages to pay homage to Terminator 1 and 2.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed it I must admit I have two qualms; One it was a bit confusing and timey wimey (Dr Who reference here) at times so you have to pay attention. And two, Matt Smith was only in it for brief stint. I wish he had longer screen time as he is a brilliant actor. But on the whole it was a really good effort at rebooting the franchise. And we have two sequels to look forward to. So I’m excited and intrigued about what is to come.

Would I recommend it, oh yes it is well worth a watch.