Terminator: Genisys 3D

Out Now On-Demand

Reset the future.

The director of Thor: The Dark World helms this fifth entry in the Terminator franchise, following a new timeline where Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, Divergent) goes back into the new past and teams up with Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones) and an ageing Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

As Judgement Day looms, the group must do all they can to prevent the robot revolution. Co-stars JK Simmons (Whiplash), Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as John Connor.

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Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, 3D

126mins

Rating: M Violence and offensive language

USA

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Arnie’s back, finally in a role that’s befitting the concept of his comeback. Yes, there are a few too many gags about his advancing years, but his return to being the Terminator is a welcome sight. As for the rest of the film, it’s a decidedly mixed bag.

There are some neat ideas, including folding in iconic moments of the first two films in the series in interesting ways, but Terminator: Genisys lacks a suitable villain, a gripping story befitting its supposed status as the true spiritual Terminator 3, and frequently misses the point of what makes the first two, good, Terminator films tick.

Genisys struggles to find a version of SkyNet to pit against its “good” Terminator and re-cast, charisma-free, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney). There’s a new half-man, half-magnetic creation (whose identity is given away in the trailers and ultimately contributes nothing of note) and then there’s a hologram. Pretty average.

On the positive side, seeing Schwarzenegger take on one of his own kind is pretty damn cool, and the liquid metal of a T-1000 is still a daunting opponent so many years after T2. Emilia Clarke acquits herself well as a different kind of Sarah Connor than we’ve seen previously, but once the rush of the film’s first act wears off, there’s not too much of note to take in.

Heavily overselling the dangers of global connectivity in a manner that is cringe-worthy even now, this element will be positively painful in years to come (not to mention the film’s worst line, as a CEO boasts of a truly “killer app”).

By the time the fourth wall is essentially broken as the lead characters have their mugshots taken, looking down the camera and sound-tracked by Inner Circle’s ‘Bad Boys’, we’re sadly a long way from James Cameron’s gripping, chilling, and adventurous creation – and there’s still the final act to go.

Variety (USA)

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Nervy, silly, almost admirably misguided attempt to give the 31-year-old franchise a massive cybernetic facelift.

Hollywood Reporter

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This terminator is past its expiration date.

Guardian (UK)

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It's as if it has gone back in time to murder our memories of the ancestral first film and crush the series' reputation.

Dissolve (USA)

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The film almost completely falls apart in the second half when it becomes as loud as it is tedious.

Sydney Morning Herald

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The problem is that nothing carries much weight - not the stilted romance between Sarah and Kyle, not the effect-driven action sequences, not even the threat of apocalypse, with billions of lives supposedly in the balance.

FilmInk (Australia)

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It somehow lovingly homages a great film while pissing all over it at the same time.

New York Times

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Schwarzenegger, 67, is, yes, back, because while the series thrill is lamentably long gone, franchises now apparently last forever.

Total Film (UK)

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The ending has one WTF moment that lacks credibility, even in this logic-defying loopy universe. But by then, you'll have most likely given in - and just accepted this as the barmiest Terminator yet.

Time Out New York

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Fans hoping to watch Schwarzenegger growl his catchphrases with a slight edge of shtick are underestimating the patience involved in sitting through a two-hour slog.

Empire (UK)

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Part remake, part remix, part sequel. But it doesn’t add up to a worthy successor for the James Cameron originals.