The fifth film in the Terminator franchise isn’t nearly as good as the original or Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Thankfully, it’s a slightly better offering than the third and fourth Terminator films (Rise of the Machines and Salvation).
In the year 2029, John Connor (Jason Clarke) and the resistance finally manage to defeat Skynet. However, they were a little late because a Terminator was quickly sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor and prevent the resistance from ever succeeding. John is forced to send Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to protect Sarah from the murderous Terminator.
The movie goes downhill from here as the plot begins to get real complicated and convoluted. There are alternate timelines and paradox science thrown in, that had me scratching my head. Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) is like a lost puppy and does not live up to the fierce and iconic Sarah played by Linda Hamilton in the first two films. Jai Courtney is overall just bland and soulless in his role as Kyle Reese, even when the momentum of the movie is in top gear.
The stand out would be Arnold who plays the aging T-800 to perfection. With his goofy pretend smiles, and wise-cracking one liners, he is a delight to watch. Even when he’s going into combat with three different updated Terminators and getting knocked down, you tend to sympathize for him and go all the way.
The chemistry between Arnold playing a father figure to Emilia’s Sarah is lovable throughout the movie. The action sequences are quite exhilarating and the special effects are fantastic. Even with a complicated plot, the action in Terminator Genisys will keep you at the edge of your seat. Stay back for a small scene after the mid-credits, possibly leading to a sequel.