Movie Review: Terminator: Genisys

Action movies always have that grasp on most people.  They crave the battles, the explosions and the drama that goes along with it.  The Terminator series of movies has had 5 iterations now, and the latest one is just released.  Having seen the first 2 movies only, I was surprised by how well this latest one meshes in with the storeline.

*NOTE* this post may contain a few spoilers, so if you don’t want to read any spoilers, don’t read any further until you’ve seen the movie.  Most of what I will put in this post is freely available to see and read on the internet, so it shouldn’t ruin your movie experience.

The beginning of Terminator: Genisys starts you off with a tiny bit of backstory, describing how Judgement day came to unfold, and introduces you to the character of Kyle Reese, the main protagonist from the original Terminator movie, this time played by Jai Courtney.  He starts off as a small boy, born into armageddon, but grows into the man we know that travels back in time to save Sarah Connor from being hunted and killed by the T-101.  The beginning has a lot of action, the resistance fighting against Skynet, and learning of the time travel device and that someone needs to go back.  Once Kyle Reese goes back though, things start to get a little different.  You begin to see a lot of Tie-ins between the first and 2nd movie, and how things have changed, which is great.  This movie is stand-alone, but fits well into the Terminator franchise.  The time-travel science isn’t very heavy, which is great for those non-academics who might get confused/bored by all the science-talk.  I know that some times if shows/movies go into details about time-travel it can get pretty heavy, which can detract from the movie.

Overall, the flow of the movie is great, with a lot of “jump our of your seat” scene’s that add to the tension of the movie’s action.  I happened to go watch the movie in 3d, but I didn’t really notice much for 3d effects in the movie.  The story flows well and the ending of the move (Post credits) leaves the hint for another movie, and after doing some digging on wikipedia, it is confirmed that there will be 2 more movies (Release in 2017, 2018) as this series is stand alone from the the original series.

I’m looking forward to seeing what they will do with the future movies.  While I’m not a massive fan of the series, I love good action movies, and Terminator: Genisys has good action and a decent storyline that spins off the originals.

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