Terminator: Genisys - Five Things We Learned
The fifth instalment in the Terminator saga arrives on DVD & Blu-ray) and hmv.com caught a screening earlier this year. What did we think of it? Do read on…
Without verging to close to spoiler territory, what’s Terminator: Genisys all about?
Time travel, and lots of it! Terminator: Genisys takes considerable cues from the very first film in the series, James Cameron’s 1984 original The Terminator. Sarah Connor is back, this time in the shape of Games of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke while Kyle Reese, originally played by Michael Biehn, is played by I, Frankenstein’s Jai Courtney.
So it’s more like a reboot than a sequel?
No, this isn’t a do-over – it’s a brand new adventure. There are a whole lot of nods and winks to the first movie, particularly in the white-knuckle opening sequence which presents an alternate view of the originals opening sequence. Time travel plotlines have always been something of a golden chalice for filmmakers, allowing them almost free rein to do whatever the please and that is certainly the case this time around.
How do the new cast acquit themselves?
Much like Linda Hamilton before her, Emilia Clarke makes for a pretty badass Sarah Connor. Jason Clarke, who you’ll remember from Dawn of the Planet of Apes and Zero Dark Thirty, is the latest John Connor, following on from Ed Furlong and Christian Bale but, as you might expect, it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger who is the real star of the piece.
How does it look?
Pretty spectacular. The Terminator series have always been quite heavily reliant on special effects and this one is no different. The film is punctuated by some incredible set pieces, including a particularly unsettling nuclear war, but it’s the ability of the filmmakers to completely reconstruct the 1984 version of Arnold Schwarzenegger which is the most draw-dropping effect of the whole piece.
So, is it any good?
It would take a lot for a new Terminator film to eclipse the first two movies in the series but Terminator: Genisys does an admirable job. All of the bullet-points are contained within: time travel, killer robots, the sinister SkyNet trying to destroy mankind and, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger shooting lots and lots of guns.
Terminator: Genisys will be avaialbe in stores from Monday November 2nd