Monday, December 26, 2016

Terminator Genisys (2015)

IMDb plot summary: When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.
Directed by Alan Taylor. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney.

(Spoilers ahead.)

This is the kind of sequel I hate most, the kind that depends upon retconning everything from the original prior films. Sometimes that happens through reinterpretation of earlier events, here it's because of time travel. It doesn't matter if it was brilliantly plotted (it's not), exquisitely shot (it's not), and charismatically acted (it's not). It's a slap in the face to the entire original Terminator story, asking us to canonically erase it entirely from our memory and accept instead this poor excuse for a substitute. There are some interesting visual effects, and the *concept* of an aging Terminator is a good one, but overall this movie is highly disappointing and an excellent example of why sequels are so frequently frustrating for me.

1 star.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Terminator Genisys < Life of Pi
Terminator Genisys < Sahara
Terminator Genisys > Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
Terminator Genisys < The Godfather
Terminator Genisys > 8 1/2
Terminator Genisys > Homicide
Terminator Genisys > 1941
Terminator Genisys < Bulworth
Terminator Genisys > The Collective
Terminator Genisys > Tears of the Sun
Terminator Genisys > Hostage

Final spot: #2086 out of 2554.

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