Whelp I decided to go to the theater as I haven't been to one in almost a year. I just got back from seeing Terminator Genisys or rather Terminator Time Paradox. I'll avoid any spoilers since the fuckin trailer gives you spoilers left and right and basically tells you everything on what happens (srsly dafuq).The short report:
As fucked up as the plot was, I actually found this movie to be rather enjoyable. I had several laughs and there were moments where I actually was on the edge of my seat. While this movie was nowhere as great as the first two original Terminator movies, it was decent for what it was. I think what made it work for me was for the fact that I went in expecting nothing and treating this as a stand alone film and not canon (in my eyes) to the original 2 movies. Also someone on Kotaku said that "Arnold saved Genisys from being a complete train wreck" and I have to agree 100%.The long report:
Now read these words in Michael Biehn's Kyle Reese voice from The Terminator: "Listen to me! And understand! That Terminator Genisys movie is out there. It's plot can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel the same, or have continuity, or have good actors for the new John and Kyle. And it absolutely WILL NOT MAKE SENSE. EVER. Until you are DEAD!"
Haha, now that I got that out of the way, let me talk about the bads and the goods.
Jason Clarke as John Connor sucked. I'm sorry, but he does not make a good General John Connor. As Arnold said in the movie, "John Connor talks too much." I agree. Also his hair, what the hell is up with that? Looks more like scrote rott. Let's compare the Genisys John Connor with T2's Future War John Connor:
Yeah Genisys' Jason Clarke's John Connor looks too clean. He lacks that rugged war hardened image of Terminator 2's John Connor portrayed by Michael Edwards. Also Edwards' 6 o'clock shadow added more effect to his image. Edward's hair was much better than Clarke's and didn't look like morning hair. Now in terms of acting, I can't compare the two since Michael Edwards had no lines in T2, even in the cut alternate ending. However I will say this, Clarke's John Connor talked too much, as the Terminator himself said, and was too cocky. Really, there was no suspension of disbelief in his character's dialogue - really it came off as just "another new age Hollywood action star guy trying to act all big with no redeemable qualities." With a character that was supposed to be fighting all his life, you think he would be a bit more stoic, hardened, and even salty... but not that Connor. To be honest, the John Connor from The Terminator: Dawn of Fate on the PS2 actually was better in terms of personality and tone of voice, however since it is an older game, some of the dialogue is a bit forced lol. But yeah so for best General John Connor, Michael Edwards' appearance is superior and the voice and personality of John Connor on the T2 Dawn of Fate game is superior.
Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese was ok. Just like with Clarke's John Connor, Cournety's Kyle Reese looked too clean and not as rugged as Michael Biehn. Also he lacked the PTSD characteristics of Biehn's Reese that made us all empathize with him. All in all, I don't have much to say about Courtney's Kyle Reese.The Goods
Emilia Clarke actually did a good job as Sarah Connor. She was not as good as Linda Hamilton as she is THE defacto Sarah Connor but she did good. Not much else to say about her.
Byung-hun Lee as T-1000. Wow he only had like one line and he actually managed to portray the cold and intimidating presence that Robert Patrick did as the original T-1000. He did a really good job as the new T-1000.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800. What hasn't been said about him. He's the motherfuckin Terminator. All the one liners and jokes are as perfect as they always are and just... its mother fuckin Arnold haha. I did like how he is portrayed to be more human like here which ends up to some more comedic moments but also allows us to empathize with him even more (as if we didn't empathize with him big time in T2 and not to mention the ending scene of him being lowered into the molten steel... to this day I still cry at that scene. Manly tears for Terminator yo). The fight scene between Arnold and CG 1980's Arnold was AMAZING.
So all in all, this was an enjoyable film. Terminator 1 and 2 are the only canon films as stated by Cameron himself and I myself don't even recognize let alone acknowledge Terminator 3 and Salvation. As a stand alone movie, Genisys was enjoyable. It was nowhere as good as Terminator 1 and 2 but it was decent. The homages to the 1980s and the first two Terminator movies, the remade 1980s scenes really seemed to be like a love letter to original Terminator fans and it was well done. So yeah, if you want to watch this movie, come in expecting nothing. Don't expect it to be like the first two movies, just treat it as a stand alone.
If you are reading this, then you have no fate but what you make for yourself.
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