The first time I watched Terminator Genisys I wondered why everyone was so upset. It wasn’t great by any stretch but I found it entertaining enough overall. At the time the wave of negativity was so high that I made a real point to try and look over it. Looking back now, was I too easy on it?
With the initial watch out of the way, and any furore over it now quietened down, I can see that whilst it’s not the steaming pile many proclaimed it to be, it has a lot of problems. On the plus side I can watch it easily enough. The problem comes when you give any particular aspect though. Lots of questions begin to pop up unfortunately. Why didn’t they just do this? What possessed so and so to do that? Why did they steal a bus when you could have taken literally anything else and it be faster?
‘Wibbily wobbly timey wimey’ proves an apt description of the plot. Arnold can still pull off his signature role since the story works around his age; whilst Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke aren’t quite the disastrous charisma free zone I was led to believe.
Giving away a huge plot point in the trailers did the cinematic release no favours. At home, and with the knowledge already, it doesn’t matter, but the film sets up too many loose ends.
Ultimately, Terminator Genisys was banked on to start a trilogy and wasn’t given a chance to stand on its own. Despite some thrills and nostalgia it smells of being thrown together. It’s probably for the best, as the sequels looked like they’d be more for clarification rather than continuation anyway.