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Terminator Genisys **

  

Run Time: 125mins  Cert: 12A

Synopsis: John Connor (Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Courtney) back to 1984 to save Sarah Connor (Clarke) and finds himself in a whole new timeline.

 

After the disastrous Terminator Salvation Arnie is back with a mixed bag of a reboot to the franchise.

 

Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) have come up with an interesting way of reinvigorating the series, by bringing an alternative timeline which mixes things up with the plots of the previous films.

 

However they also make the story too confusing and convoluted with ever changing characters and a pace that is fast but too hard to follow.

 

Alan Taylor uses the same kinetic style technique that he used in ‘Thor: The Dark World’. Which is great for pacing, but the action sequences are fairly lifeless.

 

The casting is also extremely uneven. Jai Courtney once again proves that he is no leading man. The usually reliable Jason Clarke gives a one dimensional performance. Emilia Clarke is impressive in the role made famous by Linda Hamilton. While J K Simmons gives a memorable comedic cameo. While Schwartznegger does what he does best by chewing the scenery.

 

The main problem is that there too many ideas and not enough answers. Hopefully the Terminator saga will be given another chance as some of the ideas are interesting as long as the final result has been clearly thought out.

 

Flawed by it is no where near as bad as Terminator Salvation, which funnily enough suffered from the same problems as well as having no Arnie feature in the movie.

 Reviewed by Paul Logan