POOR EFFORT: Even the great Arnold Schwarzenegger fails to prevent disaster in Terminator Genisys.
POOR EFFORT: Even the great Arnold Schwarzenegger fails to prevent disaster in Terminator Genisys. Supplied By Paramount Pictures Melinda Sue Gordon

Terminator ‘should not be back’

IN A world brought to its knees by the war between man and machine, Kyle Reece is sent back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor from the threat of assassination by the Terminators.

But an unplanned turn of events leads to an alternate timeline where Skynet has evolved, and Kyle and Sarah must not only save themselves, but reset the future to ensure humanity's survival.

This already overlong synopsis doesn't even begin to cover the needlessly complicated plotting of the film.

Terminator Genisys wants to seamlessly blend its roots in James Cameron's 1984 original with a modern, relevant setting, but these two ideas aren't so easily reconciled.

What results is a movie that spends so much time trying to justify its own existence that it never goes on to craft anything remotely unique or interesting.

There's nothing here that hasn't already been visited, which immediately drains the movie of any surprises and makes any character interaction feel forced and poorly formed.

It's a shame that a talented cast and otherwise good action sequences couldn't overcome the deeply flawed and uninspired storytelling.

Quick Facts

  • Release date: July 2, 2015
  • Genre: Science fiction
  • Running time: 126 mins
  • Director: Alan Taylor
  • Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clark, Jai Courtney
  • Showing at:
  • Limelight, Riverlink
  • Birch Carroll and Coyle, Ipswich
  • Reading Cinemas, Redbank
  • Star rating: 1.5/5

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