Sound Off: Alan Taylor's 'Terminator Genisys' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
July 1, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The rules have been reset. It's time to start anew. Now playing in theaters is Terminator Genisys, the return of the Terminator series, this time directed by Alan Taylor (of Thor: The Dark World). Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, but the rest of the cast is new: Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons and Byung-hun Lee as the T-1000. In Genisys, John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984 nothing is as he expected. So how is it? Better than expected, or not? Is it worth it for Arnold again, or not even that? Once you've seen it yourself, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Terminator Genisys.
Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this movie!
Editor's Note: I haven't seen the film yet, as I haven't been able to catch a screening. I will wait to see it before I post any comments on it here, so in the meantime, here's a brief excerpt from Jeremy's review: "Terminator Genisys is a blended heap of a mess. Its dumpster fire of a screenplay cobbles pieces of the previous, four films together like a jigsaw puzzle out of gravel, and it's all brought to cinematic reality by way of all the digital creations money can buy in 2015. Spoiler alert: none of it is ever as photorealistic as the first time we saw that T-1000 in 1991. With Genisys as its example, the Terminator franchise has proven once again that bombastic explosions will always trump interesting storytelling in the studio's eyes. If this is the best they can do and the direction of this series' future, let's just hope Arnold won't be back." Full review
Do you agree with Jeremy? Did you enjoy this new Terminator movie or was it a waste of time and talent to make another movie in this franchise? Are you tired of more Terminator movies or should they make more?
So what did you think of Alan Taylor's Terminator Genisys? Terminator at its best or worst?
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Reader Feedback - 25 Comments
Went to a screening on Monday. I heard so many different things about this movie. I was very surprised. I loved it. Very entertaining. I like the whole different timeline stuff. Sort of like a Multiverse. Terminator meets the storyline from Back to the Future 2. he he.
tyban81 on Jul 1, 2015
Didn't watch this yet. So any negativity won't affect me unless I happen to see any.
Jason Scarpelli on Jul 1, 2015
It's better than salvation which was all that mattered to me. My expectations were very low but it at least had some enjoyable moments.
Nathan Williams on Jul 1, 2015
I really don't understand why people didn't like Salvation. I hated Rise of the Machines and I've heard some terrible reviews for this one, but I will most likely still watch it and probably enjoy it.
Franklin Carpio on Jul 2, 2015
For me personally it was the whole tone and look of the world that ruined salvation for me. And I never bought Christian Bale as John Conner. I don't hate the film as much as others but I don't like the film by any means. But hey we all have the right to like what we want I actually enjoyed T3 but maybe that's just me. The only adaption I really loved that I thought came closest to capturing the magic of T1 and T2 is The Sarah Conner Chronicles TV show. Or maybe I'm crazy for thinking that.
Nathan Williams on Jul 2, 2015
Pff this was NOT better than Salvation. Far from it. Genisys was just as horrible as T3. The acting was horrible and the storyline was WAYYY too forced and outlandishly dumb. This was the exact replication of a Michael Bay Transformers movie; cool CGI, shi++y acting and script.
Rock n Rollllll on Jul 6, 2015
I saw this today and am not sure where all the hate is coming from. The special effects were amazing (not sure what JK is talking about saying none of it is as photorealistic as T2...think that's a bit of a dishonest stretch). The movie was tons of fun, a surprising story line, and Arnold brought the intensity that I thought he wouldn't have. If you like the terminator universe, you will like this movie...a lot. If you didn't like T3 or Salvation, then you'll likely have the same complaint here (ie: it isn't James Cameron). Otherwise, watch it and enjoy a great movie that pulls together elements from the first two seamlessly. I think Alan Taylor has done a great job on it. Also, the 1984 recreations and the CG Arnold are worth the ticket price in my mind. I'm planning on going to see it again this weekend!
Gohikeone on Jul 1, 2015
Watch it again sober, then you'll understand where all the hate is coming from.
Rock n Rollllll on Jul 6, 2015
Actually went again this weekend with several people and everyone enjoyed. I liked it even better on second viewing.
Gohikeone on Jul 6, 2015
I took the time to watch all three previous movies yesterday. Realized how great the first one was. While I enjoyed this one... it was a horrible movie. It started off really strong but when John Conner shows up in 2017 it all took a big fat shit right in front of me. Such a fucking stupid plot twist. All down hill after that. Including the horrible rip off hologram (resident evil) of Skynet talking to them at the end. and its completely not worth watching it in Ultra AVX. Arnold was great in it, as was Emilia. The worst acting was all on Jai Courtney. brutal.
jimfromtoto on Jul 1, 2015
I say it few times before, I say it again, this fucking movie is a big peace of shit, shit shit shit!!! Fucking crap of a movie!!! I would understand if they travel some time before T3, but what they did, they destroy the hole fucking franchise, T1 and T2 never exists :/ FUCK!!! I did not want to go to watch this fucking movie, but I watched it and it was shit 🙁
Ronin on Jul 1, 2015
I'm in the same boat as you.
Rock n Rollllll on Jul 6, 2015
Not seen but the poor reviews and the fact that it's the same director of Thor 2, which was awful, pushes this into the DVD category.
Payne by name on Jul 2, 2015
To be fair "the same director of Thor 2" could also have been phrased "the same director as the critically acclaimed first season of Game of Thrones." Frankly it sounds like the script was pretty ordinary, and at this stage we've surely proved that there's no way we'll ever make a terminator film that isn't compared unfavourably with T2.
Dotpols on Jul 2, 2015
I've not seen Game of Thrones but I have seen Thor 2 and given what he created given a massive budget and an existing franchise, it doesn't bode well for me. Hence past performance of something more directly comparable - big budget blockbuster - will put the brakes on me seeing. I saw the same thing with World War Z. Marc Foster's QoS was just awful and hence I had my fears that WWZ would be the same. It was.
Payne by name on Jul 3, 2015
The nature of time travel movies is essentially anything goes. This movie doesn't destroy the timeline. It alters it. Without the first movie, this movie could not exist. The first movie set everything in motion. I enjoyed it. Saw it is a theater with ATMOS sound. The sound was fantastic. The movie was a lot of fun. I will see it again. Arnold was great.
Randall13 on Jul 2, 2015
Drived on Jul 2, 2015
I saw Terminator Genisys earlier last night and I was expecting it to be good and it certainly was good. It puts Terminator Salvation to shame! The cast were great, the plot and CGI were awesome. I could not have been more satisfied with Terminator Genisys. I am looking forward to getting it on Blu-ray towards the end of the year. I give a 10/10
Sean on Jul 2, 2015
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!...............................Oh, you're serious?
Rock n Rollllll on Jul 6, 2015
@suchheroicnonsense:disqus Yes, I am serious. I wasn't joking.
Sean on Jul 6, 2015
I liked it. Not getting the hate at all.
Trey Wilson on Jul 3, 2015
Very entertaining - this is a textbook case of where the reviews do and should not matter. I have relied on reviews sometimes, and when I went to a film based on the "great" reviews, I have left saying, "what? where these people thinking?". I was surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.
Wayne on Jul 3, 2015
I must admit that after reading all the reviews I was expecting it to be horse shit but this movie was better then what I thought it would be. Arnold was a good sport and his exchanges with Jai was great. They played it safe with the alternate timeline and it worked well. Probably should have left the John Connor reveal for the movie rather than the trailer. I liked the fact that he aged because if they were sent in to infiltrate than he should age like a human. His metal parts would definitely deteriorate over time without maintenance. The fact that he played a father figure to Sarah was something I wasn't expecting but was pretty cool. There were some generally thrilling moments especially at the start of the movie. I got the feeling that Taylor wanted to be as close to the first 2 as possible and that showed through and not in a bad way. Overall the movie had a few holes in the storyline which is expected with just how complex time travel and alternate universes can be. In the end I think it's a movie that deserves watching and making your own conclusions about.
TK on Jul 4, 2015
I didn't get it.
Brian Ricci on Jul 6, 2015
Utter crap, movie sucked.
Firefly15 on Jul 9, 2015
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