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‘Terminator Genisys’ is abysmal, yet enjoyable

  • Written by Tony Pinto

“I’ll be back” is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most memorable line from a movie, and back he is, in “Terminator Genisys.”

Movie-Still-copyPhoto by Melinda Sue Gordon – © 2015 Paramount Pictures. Still of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke in Terminator Genisys (2015).

Pinto-Tony Popcorn-PicksThe Terminator reprises his role in this enjoyable sequel/reboot/remake. They brought the franchise back with hopes of making a new series of films starring Schwarzenegger.

The only real reason to watch is Arnold. The previous film in the franchise, “Terminator Salvation,” didn’t include Arnold (he was too busy being the govern-ator of California), and it was horrible.

This film’s not much better, but it’s enjoyable. This film markets the return of Arnold and for good reason: without him, no one would be interested in this film. When the film falters, which it often does, Arnold is around to elevate it to an enjoyable level.

Arnold’s role could be seen as a joke to some. It’s full of one-liners that don’t really work well. He spouts his same old lines that you come to expect. At least his character doesn’t disappear for long periods like the previews suggest.

Do not to watch the trailer if you plan on seeing the film. If you do, you’ll know the major plot twists that occur.

In “Terminator Genisys,” we get an alternate timeline of what happened in the original “Terminator.” If you haven’t seen the previous four movies of the franchise, that’s alright, because this film has a long opening voiceover that explains those movies. It’s far too long, but it does help explain what happened in the past. Maybe if they do make another film they can speed up that part.

The leader of the survivors, John Conner (Jason Clarke), sends his top revolutionary solider, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), back in time to protect John Connor’s waitress mom, Sarah Connor (Emilla Clarke) from the terminators. Now Kyle and Sarah can save the world together.

As of this writing, it’s looking like a box office flop. With the next film originally slotted for 2017, it’s looking like the long holiday weekend box office fail puts any future films in doubt. With a $155 million cost and low box office revenue, it’s looking like Arnold will probably not be back.

Even with the disappointing box office numbers, which helped turn this into a flop, this is actually one enjoyable film. Don’t let the abysmal acting and confusing plot scare you away. This is exactly what you want in a summer movie: mindless entertainment.

Ultimately, this is not a good film by any stretch of the imagination. If you use common sense you’re probably thinking this review doesn’t recommend “Terminator Genisys.” For once you’d be wrong. Something makes this movie highly watchable and enjoyable even when all the parts are bad. Who knows why, but all we really want is for summer movies to be fun to watch like this one is.

If you take it for what it is and don’t expect a masterpiece, “Terminator Genisys” is actually one enjoyable thrill ride that I can’t believe I’m recommending.

—Tony Pinto’s grade: B+ for summer fun