Snapshot review: ‘Terminator Genisys’


Critical rating: 3½ stars out of four

Directed by: Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”)

Starring: Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and J.K. Simmons

Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief strong language

The story: The fifth installment in this long-running science-fiction franchise takes viewers to the future and past with a story that relies heavily on time travel. Much of the action centers on Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), who was played by Michael Biehn in the 1984 original. Viewers watch as Kyle is sent back to 1984 to save Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). Presumably this would result in a replay of the first movie, but Kyle lands in a timeline that has been significantly changed. In fact, there is a point where humanity’s prophesized savior, John Connor, becomes mankind’s biggest threat.

The scoop: “Terminator Genisys” is a fitting tribute to all the films that came before and the most entertaining franchise entry since 1991’s “Judgment Day.” Like the first two movies, the film is sometimes silly, often funny and always action packed. It’s a great summer blockbuster.


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3 responses to “Snapshot review: ‘Terminator Genisys’

  1. Thank you Forrest! Some critics are ravaging the movie but I have always trusted your insight. Sometime I’ll have to tell you how we almost knocked Arnold down in a Palm Springs hotel and then the next day I taught his kids how to draw whales. Keep up the great work.


  2. Thanks Bill. Nice to hear from you. I would love to hear your Schwarzenegger story some time.


  3. smilingldsgirl

    I’m surprised you liked it so much. I thought it had a million plotholes and the acting was very bad especially Jai Courtney. Arnold is good. I was let down


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