31 years ago, James Cameron released the game-changing, revolutionary The Terminator - back in 1984. However, after the just as great sequel a few years later, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the franchise just hasn't been the same - a.k.a, not good. This year, we're back for a fifth outing with the machines but just how good exactly is Terminator: Genisys?

The answer to the above question is quite simple, really. If you're holding your breath for a Terminator film that'll breath new life into the franchise (not that you should), well... you're going to have to keep waiting because this is not it. As most were expecting, Genisys is yet another film in the string of terrible sequels that came after T2; a dull, incoherent mess at best. All hope has been lost for the franchise. 

As far as the plot goes, the film follows Kyle Reese (Jai Courtenay), who gets sent back in time by John Connor (Jason Clarke), to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenneger) that was sent back to kill her. But, an older version of that Terminator was sent to kill the Terminator that was sent to kill her and who cares? There's time travel, action and the plot is just so convoluted that it's too hard to explain. And that's what hinders the project the most. No one can make sense of what's going on. The premise is all over the place and just such a big, tedious mess that this doesn't work. The time travel aspects are confusing and nothing makes any logical sense.

To this abode, it's no help that there's no substance to the characters either and the fact that the acting is stale. The casting is all wrong. The strong, iconic presence of Sarah Connor just isn't there with Emilia Clarke, as it was with Linda Hamilton or even Lena Healey for that matter. The same goes for John Connor, who was always an elusive, poignant figure to the franchise but Jason Clarke's presence in Genisys doesn't have that effect. When on-screen, it never feels like the John or Sarah Connor of the Terminator franchise. This isn't to the discredit of the actors - both Jason and Emilia are fine actors - but, more so, to Alan Taylor's script and just how mawkishly they have been written.

The silver lining is perhaps, quite ironically, the one actor that people actually had doubts about, Arnold Schwarzenneger as the returning Terminator. The actor just fits the role so well. The one-liners are back and there's just something great about seeing him back in one of his most iconic roles. Sure, there's a lot of scenes and one-liners that are ripped right from the originals and done worse but it's where the film is at its best (and that's not a good thing, when rehashed material is the best) and at least Arnie is treading closer to home with that material. The face of this film, however, isn't Schwarzenneger but is Jai Courtenay and that's the biggest mistake. Now, it should be noted that I have nothing against him. However, he is such a bland and boring actor and it's painfully evident with his performance here: dry and just boring.

It may not be all that fair to completely trash the film for it does have its entertaining moments, even if they sporadic and very limited. The action, despite being even more OTT than the Fast and Furious films, can be fun to watch and the visuals in the project are amongst the franchise's best. The CG is impressive and the big set pieces look nice. Unfortunately, this just isn't enough to redeem Terminator: Genisys. The film stinks. It's a disappointment and Alan Taylor's script and direction is the biggest factor in this; too dumb and frustratingly tedious. Everything about this is wrong.

VERDICT:
Utterly disappointing, more than anything else, Terminator: Genisys is a frustratingly tedious and lacklustre new entry into what once was a great franchise that is just one big, convoluted mess of awful.



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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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