24 June 2015 | kingkass
The Best One Since T2!
In this review I'm going to briefly go over my thoughts on the franchise as a whole and then dig into this one.
'The Terminator' is a great, dark and mysterious sci-fi action and horror movie from the 80s. It introduced us to this story of man killing machine sent back in time to play with the future. We see Arnold as the T-800 who is sent to kill Sarah Connor (a helpless waitress) so that she will never give birth to the leader of the rebellion, John Connor. We then see Kyle Reese get sent back in time to save Sarah Connor. 9/10
In the next film T2 Judgement Day we are introduced to Arnold again, playing a different role. Now the savior of young John Connor. The new threat is the T1000, who is definitely the most fearsome machine in this franchises history. This film is the best in the franchise, not just for its immense visual upgrades but also for the fact that we see likable characters with depth. 10/10
T3 is the third film which is an okay action film but lacks the depth in every way compared to previous installments. 6.5/10
Terminator Salvation was the reboot/prequel to this franchise and is by far the worst one. It has some bad acting mixed with a terribly depressing tone which goes against the whole nature of this franchise and all in all feels like a completely different film. It is not a Terminator film and by itself it isn't that much better. 5.5/10
Now let's get to the one we want to hear about. Terminator Genisys looked terrible in the first two trailers. It looked forced and the visuals looked horrendous. However this turned out to be one of the biggest surprises this year!
The story jumps through all the different times that we have come to know from the first two films, and wow am I happy I had just seen the first film before hand. I mean there was so many little hints to the first film that were done so well. The story may be a bit confusing for some people, but as a fan of time travel movies I was happy, I mean I like doctor who so this was child's play for me. I don't want to get too much into it but the two things that stand out from the story for me was the connection between Sarah Connor and the T800 and also the 'twist' of John Connor becoming the main villain (this is a curse with this franchise, moments that would have been awesome twists in the movies are shown in the trailers). The relation with Sarah Connor and Arnie is heartwarming and I actually prefer it to the John Connor and Arnie relationship from T2! Jason Clarke is one of my favorite up and coming actors and he did really well in this role, he looked really menacing and the way we see his reveal is amazing!
The visuals and the action are top notch! There are some extremely satisfying action scenes in this movie, and most of the effects are practical and not just filled with CGI which I LOVE! It looks so much better and realistic and for me it shows so much more effort from the film makers to have done this! The T1000 played by Byung Hung-Li is awesome, he is so much fun to see and although we will never have the same feeling of seeing such amazing CGI again there are some moments which look absolutely incredible, subtle things that go a long way! John Connor also looks incredible, and I LOVE his special moves! The visuals are fantastic in this movie, the best being the recreation of Arnie from the first film in CGI, this is the best CGI I have ever seen and I think it's worth an Oscar! At least a nomination, it looks much better than Jurassic World's visuals.
Now my biggest problem is Jai Courtney, he is just so lifeless in this, as I think he is in everything he makes. Yes he looks strong, but he doesn't connect at all, and the poor delivery of his lines is just laughable! Hopefully we won't have to see him again in future installments...
Overall this is a great action movie, not as good as Mad Max, but much better than Jurassic World! And as a massive Terminator fan, I'm happy we finally got a movie that I can say is worthy to be part of the franchise.