Eppler: 'Genisys' may have finally killed 'Terminator'

Eppler: 'Genisys' may have finally killed 'Terminator'


Are you a fan of the first two "Terminator" movies directed by James Cameron? Well guess what - their stories are now obsolete thanks to "Terminator Genisys." In an effort reboot the series, the screenwriters use time travel to change the past so those events never happened. 

Jai Courtney, who has all the personality of cardboard box, stars as Kyle Reese, sent back in time to 1984 to protect Sara Connor, played by Emilia Clarke, just like in the first movie. Except now it's all different - maybe because the characters saw that first movie and made other choices. Sure sounds like they've seen it because they use the same one-liners like "Come with me if you want to live."

"Genisys" spans multiple time periods and deals with several possible timelines of events. It's all very convoluted and the characters spend most of the movie explaining things to each other so we can follow along. But it's barely worth the effort anyway because we've seen a lot of this stuff before. Even the special effects are ho-hum because they're about on par with "Terminator 2" from 1997 - a testament to how ahead of the game that movie was.

"Genisys" suffers most from a dumb screenplay, with things like characters traveling into the future to stop the end of the world with ONE day to spare instead of, say, a month or so to prepare. 

At least 67-year-old Arnold Schwarzeneggar is having a good time returning to his signature role, and they manage to cleverly explain away why this robot is all wrinkled and grey now. But "Genisys" doesn't make a compelling case to continue this series any further.

Arnold once again promises "I'll be back," but now that feels more like a threat than a hopeful promise. 

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