A film that breathes new life into this flat lining series
The Terminator film series has had many highs and lows. There was The Terminator that came out in 1984 and was a simple movie that brought a new future to audiences all over the world and helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a movie star. The sequel Judgement Day was released in 1991 and was a humongous success and told the story from a different angle and gave fans a chance to get to know John Connor a bit, and also showed the relationship between Sarah and her son.
In 2003 came Rise of the Machines. It was a good film but not a movie that made fans want more of what it had to offer. Then in 2009 there was Terminator Salvation and showed fans an older John Connor played by Christian Bale and showed what the world was like after Judgement Day happened. It was a desolate wasteland where survival was a never ending battle. This movie did poorly in theaters and hurt the series many years. There was a TV show called The Sarah Connor Chronicles that had to do with a female terminator and how Sarah and John did their best to prevent skynet from coming online to destroy the world. The show was alright but only lasted a few seasons before it got cancelled.
Since that happened there has been talks of making another movie for years, but there seemed to be little chance of it actually happening. Well that has changed with Terminator Genisys that comes out this Wednesday. It follows a brand new formula and follows a whole new timeline bringing new elements to try to jump start the series again. Arnold returns but brings a character that fans should enjoy watching grow and develop. The rules have definitely changed in many ways, to find out how go and watch this film when it comes to a theater near you.
Basically what is going on this time is that John Connor and Kyle Reese have a chance to stop Skynet for good and end the war against the machines once and for all. One night they head off to stop this world wide menace, but before they do a Terminator is sent back in time to again try to kill Sarah Connor before John Connor is born. If this mission is successful John will never exist therefore the resistance will not grow and stop the machines and their goals.
I know what you are thinking, this plot may sound familiar to fans. maybe you have seen it before. But trust me there is nothing familiar with where the movie goes from here. From the moment Kyle lands in LA it is obvious that something is not right. He has to find Sarah before it is too late, but suffice it to say his mission shifts pretty quickly. Where is Sarah Connor? Will he find the terminator in time before it kills her? And will it ever be possible to end skynet for good?
The film does a good job of following the direction of where the world is going now. This is a nice change from a movie that could have easily been familiar and boring with little change from the first films. This new chapter in the series shows fans new sides of a dangerous threat and just how powerful and deadly it can be. There are many surprise enemies and allies that provide more help than anyone would have though possible.
There are many scenes that help push the message of this movie which is the importance of trust and how it is better to fight impossible odds with allies than by yourself. Sarah wants to do everything alone and thinks she doesn’t need Kyle’s help, but truthfully they are fated to do this battle together, it is the only way it may be a success.
Arnold brings new dimensions to the T-800 that separates from any that fans have seen before. It would have been simple to play this character like before, but in taking risks makes for a welcome change and shows Arnold still has some tricks up his sleeve.
The movie is exciting, fun and full of great action sequences and glorious fight scenes. Men will have much to enjoy watching this movie, and fans young and old will like what it delivers. There are some scenes young kids may get frightened by, but overall has something for most age groups. This movie gets 7/10. It has a number of good elements but only fans will truly appreciate it. For viewers who have not seen the other films there will only be confusion and this can also bring annoyance and boredom.
If you are a fan of the other movies, you will surely want to check this one out. If you are looking for a good action movie, this is the film you should pick to watch. It is not the best movie in this series, but it isn’t the worst either. Be sure to stay around after the end, it will be worth it.
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