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Sci-Fi - Robots, Terminator

Terminator 5: Genisys (2015)

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Skynet continues to fight the resistance led by John Connor, and so it sends back a Terminator to 1984 to terminate his mother, Sarah Connor, and to protect her Connor sends back his lieutenant, Kyle Reese. But the time line has changed and Sarah is already being protected by the altered Terminator T-100. The trio must overcome the indestructible T-1000 and then use their own time machine to go forward to 2017 where they are faced with a renamed Skynet – Genisys – which is protected by a T-5000 and which will shortly come into operation. When John Connor arrives in the same time they are relieved to see him, but is he on their side?


The Skynet robots are seen in operation and the time machine is used to send Kyle back to 1984. There are battles between the friendly T-100, Sarah, Kyle and the fluid based T-1000, and a number of flashbacks mainly to Kyle’s past. At various times the T-100 fights other terminators and sometimes does not come out well, just one or two car chases one ending with a bus hanging over the Golden Gate bridge, then a lengthy battle in the Cyberdyne complex as Genisys counts down. Can the humans and the geriatric T100 overcome the opposition and prevent the initiation.

A View There are intentional echoes of the earlier Terminator films which only serve to point out how lamentable this outing is. Despite her majestic presence as the dragon lady in Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke is strangely ineffective as Sarah Connor and the script, written to accommodate an older Arnie, is obviously contrived. So if you are new to the franchise watch any of the others, and if you are a fan, maybe give this one a miss. Nothing to offend in the content, even though time travel requires nudity.
Duration 2h 6m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A sort of riff on the earlier Terminator films, using the same characters.
Director Alan Taylor
Writers/Script Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier (characters by James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd)
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee,
Additional Info The film just covered is total costs and no sequel was progrmmed, to the relief of Emilia Clarke, who said of the director: “He was not the director I remembered. He didn’t have a good time. No-one had a good time.”


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