Directed by Alan Taylor, Terminator Genisys is the fifth movie of the Terminator franchise, and mostly relates to The Terminator (the first film), which is my favourite chapter of the series.

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in a large way as a Terminator, with Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor and Aussie actors taking the roles of Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) and John Connor (Jason Clarke).

One of the best advantages of the Terminator time-travel stories is that each movie has the opportunity to alter its own history. Indeed, Terminator Genisys plays out across multiple timelines, and requires the viewer to accept that the future has to be rewritten, once more.

Emilia Clarke is impressive as Sarah Connor, uncannily matching Linda Hamilton’s visual and physical performance from the first two Terminator films. Everyone is great in this, in a movie that has excellent plot flow and balance between action and character development. The music by Lorne Balfe (with origins in video games) is effective and intelligently integrates the well-known theme of the saga, at appropriate moments.

As well as dealing with the overall conflict of man vs machine and the survival of the human race, the story also touches on a subject that is most relevant to the current state of our world – social media, the reliance on technology and privacy.

Certainly better than the previous two Terminator films, I really enjoyed this movie (but as I love the first film, I’m probably bias), yet fans of Terminator 2: Judgment Day might feel conflicted with the evolution of some characters. For newcomers to the franchise, this is a great starting point, despite the obvious homage and relationship the movie has to previous events.

Score: 7.5 out of 10.



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