After two outings that most fans may or may not choose to keep in continuity, the Terminator series returns again by going back to its roots.
Judgment Day has happened. The world has been taken over by Skynet and the human race has been placed into slavery by it and its army of advanced cybernetic war machines known as Terminators.
With John Connor (Jason Clarke) fighting in the future to free mankind, they succeed at stopping Skynet but find it has already used its ultimate weapon; That of a time-travel machine which has sent a Terminator back in time to kill his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). With brother-in-arms Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) nominating himself to be sent back, we find ourselves thrown into the start of the original Terminator film with a twist.
The rules have changed.
Sarah is now a soldier with a protector by her side that she’s affectionately named “Pops” (Arnold Schwarzenegger).
A T-1000 (Lee Byung-hun) exists within the timeline.
And Skynet isn’t even close to existing yet.
Interviews with the director of the original Terminator and its sequel have quoted James Cameron as saying that Genisys is the true third part to the franchise.
And it makes sense.
With a perfect bookend to part 2 and a fantastic link to the first part, Genisys ups the ante with time-travel wrapping itself throughout the story while our heroes battle deadly robots who are more deadly than ever.
Taking the normally flat cyborg killer and humanising him more than T2 did, this film has the T-800 walking away into the sunset like he’s your favourite Uncle, you audibly announcing “He’s so cool and funny…and he blows stuff up…cool”.
The only setback this film suffers from is the marketing unfortunately taking away a twist that would have put this film into Sixth Sense territory, word of mouth no doubt growing it’s legend for days to come.
But if that moment has been taken away from you, then you still get a great action film that puts the franchise back on the road to new territory that can only see it improve from here.
An upgrade, if you will.
If you saw the spoiler, then Terminator Genisys finds itself sitting in a comfortable zone as a good action film.
But if you didn't? Then this film is up there or being such a fun ride with a great moment you didn't see coming!