Jean-Paul’s Rating: 2/5 stars
Bottom Line: Convoluted plot. Little explanation for time travel decisions. Dull action scenes. Absolutely zero wow factor.
Do you know what would have made this movie better? Terminator dragons sent from the future to kill Daenerys Targaryen. Or anything else. Sorry, Emilia Clarke.
Terminator has jumped the shark. Or maybe they’ve time travelled the shark back in time to kill what was left of the first two movies. It’s hard to tell because the time travel aspects of this movie made about as much sense as my previous sentence. The biggest problem is that everyone and their mother seems to have a time machine. The “future” has a time machine. Ok, fair enough, someone has to have a time machine to make any of this make sense. The “past” has a time machine cobbled together from parts you can find in a junk yard. The “present” has a time machine which does just about everything except time travel. It’s a complete mess.
Time travel is time travel. It rarely makes sense. It always bothers me, but if there’s something to wrap around it, I’m willing to forgive the inconsistencies. “Terminator Genisys” has the thinnest veneer of a plot and a bunch of clunky action scenes all tied with a ribbon of nostalgia. It isn’t even worth regifting. I tried to enjoy it for longer than I should have, but when terminator #1 jumps from one helicopter and dive bombs another helicopter containing terminator #2 and somehow missed the rotors but still caused the helicopter to crash-land and roll to its destruction stopping right on the helipad that everyone was heading towards, I gave up. This is what passes for storytelling these days.
You completists are going to go see this movie regardless of what I say, but I’ll say it anyway. Skip this movie. Or at least wait until it’s on your movie streaming service of choice. “Terminator Genisys” is not worth the time or the money to see in the theater. Luckily, it looks like it’s pretty much bombing.