Terminator: Genisys

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, Blockbuster


Rating: M Violence and offensive language


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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)


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

Hollywood Reporter


This terminator is past its expiration date.

Guardian (UK)


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)


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

Sydney Morning Herald


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)


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

New York Times


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

Total Film (UK)


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


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)


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

Arnie's Back

Solid action piece with some slightly confusing time travelling parts at times but overall an enjoyable film. Watched in the Rarotonga's Empire Cinema which was surprisingly good!

He's Back but Don't Smile

The series continue. Confusing relationships, illogical story. If this stopped here then the other movies would now not exist. Not enough robots. Action scenes were ok if not predictable.

OMG that smile - eek. Is Arnie becoming human???

Old, But Not Obsolete

After two outings that most fans may or may not choose to keep in continuity, the Terminator series returns again by going back to its roots.

Judgment Day has happened. The world has been taken over by Skynet and the human race has been placed into slavery by it and its army of advanced cybernetic war machines known as Terminators.

With John Connor (Jason Clarke) fighting in the future to free mankind, they succeed at stopping Skynet but find it has already used its ultimate weapon; That of a time-travel machine which has sent a Terminator back in time to kill his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). With brother-in-arms Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) nominating himself to be sent back, we find ourselves thrown into the start of the original Terminator film with a twist.

The rules have changed.

Sarah is now a soldier with a protector by her side that she's affectionately named "Pops" (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

A T-1000 (Lee Byung-hun) exists within the timeline.

And Skynet isn't even close to existing yet.

Interviews with the director of the original Terminator and its sequel have quoted James Cameron as saying that Genisys is the true third part to the franchise.

And it makes sense.

With a perfect bookend to part 2 and a fantastic link to the first part, Genisys ups the ante with time-travel wrapping itself throughout the story while our heroes battle deadly robots who are more deadly than ever.

Taking the normally flat cyborg killer and humanising him more than T2 did, this film has the T-800 walking away into the sunset like he's your favourite Uncle, you audibly announcing "He's so cool and funny...and he blows stuff up...cool".

The only setback this film suffers from is the marketing unfortunately taking away a twist that would have put this film into Sixth Sense territory, word of mouth no doubt growing it's legend for days to come.

But if that moment has been taken away from you, then you still get a great action film that puts the franchise back on the road to new territory that can only see it improve from here.

An upgrade, if you will.

A Solid Movie

Over the years I have always enjoyed the Terminator movies. The concept of the end of the human race to the machines and time travel has always been interesting. The amount of time travel that is done does take a bit to digest but it is all well explained. With the odd one liner and Arnies cheesy smile, this one is a step up with a great story. This all made it a well thought out movie.

Make sure you stay on until after the credits have finished as the movie carries on with an extra, short section. And yes the Terminator will be back!




See it for the action

Cos there's not a lot else!

I saw this last night at imax 3d, and I reckon that's got to be the way to go. It was a huge amount of intense fun on screen, even though the story was a little poo, and the characters shallow and unbelievable sometimes.

Better than expected

A solid 3 star, better than 3 & 4 in the series, Arnie does a good job!

He'll still be back, again...

Terminator: Genisys

To best enjoy this beast of a film, watch T1 & T2 before hand. It will make it so much better for you, flag the other Terminator films. This gives a hat-tip to the old school and really smashes the reality of (‘Back to the Future 3’) time travel, again! Crazy messed up in parts (like ‘BTTF3’ and ‘Predestination’) but in a good way. Action through out and right up there with the better ’Terminator’ series films. It’s a must see for fans and yes, stay a little longer in the credits…

Genre : apocalyptic, futuristic, action

4/5 : Must see previous 1 & 2, then slot this in afterwards. Watch on the big screen, like in ‘Looper’ don’t look for time travel plot holes.

what's worse: lack of originality or complex story-telling?

I can't make up my mind. I just wish this series go away and never come back.