Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Schwarzenegger Returns In 'Terminator Genisys'

By Darlene Donloe

The Terminator sci-fi franchise has long been a solid vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger.  His most famous role ever, the films made him one of cinemas most popular action heroes – ever!

His signature phrase, ‘I’ll Be Back,’ has become part of the pop culture lexicon.

Well, Arnold, who is 67, is back in the latest installment of the five picture franchise, Terminator Genisys, in theaters nationwide July 1, 2015.

This time the story goes something like this. John Connor
 (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future. Of course, that’s no easy fete, especially when an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline which finds Sgt. Reese in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future.

With the use of cutting edge technology, this part sequel, part remake, part reboot, has its moments of fun, particularly watching Schwarzenegger go up against a 30 years younger version of himself. Brilliant!  

While the story is a bit confusing (you really have to pay attention to the dialogue because the timelines seem to be off), it’s still fun.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously. There are twists and turns and eye-opening surprises.

Schwarzenegger still fills the screen with his presence. He’s campy, funny and heroic – everything his fans have come to expect and to love.

Terminator Genisys is no Terminator, but fans of the franchise will probably have a good time.

Terminator Genisys, directed by Alan Taylor, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), & Alan Taylor (director).  David Ellison and Dana Goldberg produce. Writers are Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. 

On the DONLOE SCALE: D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (needs work), L (likeable), O (oh, yeah) and E (excellent), Terminator Genisys gets an L (likeable).

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