365 Movies By Day Reviews of Movies I Watch that I Feel Like Writing About

12Jul/150

Terminator Genisys (2015)

I wanted to like Terminator Genisys. I really, really did. I know it got slammed by the critics (26% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), but I am a fan of the franchise. I even watched Terminator Salvation (a movie that Christian Bale should never have wasted his time with) a few days prior in anticipation of this movie. I knew all about the movie's problems. I knew that fans of the franchise would be, at the very least disappointed. I knew that many of the die-hards were upset with this movie. I had heard that it was confusing and difficult to follow. I knew that that the trailer gave away the movie's major twist. Yet I was willing to forget all of these things and held out hope that this movie could be more. I mean this was The Terminator franchise. It couldn't be worse than PredatorsLive Free or Die Hard, or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull could it? Those three movies were packed full of junk (especially Indiana Jones) and should have never been made. Well I am happy to report that Terminator Genisys was better than the three movies I just mentioned combined...but it still was disappointing. It was action-packed. It is very, very reminiscent of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (a movie that, in 1991, was so far ahead of its time in terms of CGI that it was absolutely ridiculous). It told a story that would have been good...had it completely disowned the previous movies in the franchise (especially the original and Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Terminator Genisys made it appear as if the first four movies in the franchise never happened. Really? That's the story? What would have happened if what happened didn't happen? This is a Terminator film. Most of us don't want to turn on our minds too much for a summer action flick like this.