Terminator Genisys ★★★½

For a film that got slaughtered by critics and fans alike, this was another film I had little enthusiasm for. Terminator 3 : Rise of the Machines was pants, Salvation was a bit of a mess, so when the guy who delivered that lacklustre Thor sequel was announced as the director of a fifth instalment in the Terminator Franchise I had reservations. The return of Arnie and the Game of Thrones hottie Emilia Clarke alongside Jason Clarke did pique my interest a touch, but it still felt like yet another unimaginative cash-in on Cameron's legacy.
Terminator and Judgment Day were stellar pieces of cinema. Both very different in style, one a low budget almost B-movie, the other a state-of-the-art blockbuster with revolutionary special effects, they became the benchmark for the franchise. Terminator Genisys isn't in the same ballpark as those two, but it's by far the best film in the franchise since 1992. Bringing alive different timelines and switching things up with the time-travel twist scenarios made for an interesting reinvention. Arnie back as a good guy again harked back to Judgment Day too, and Emilia Clarke was really rather good. Spunky, energetic, and totally overshadowing the legacy left by Linda Hamilton. Jason Clarke as John Connor, (how many have played him now?) also had his moments, but the nostalgia factor was hyped by the return of the aged Schwarzenegger who gave the whole film that Terminator seal of approval. Oh and did anyone else think that the idea of Genisys came straight out of the Steve Jobs world domination handbook?

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