In the war against man and machine, Kyle Reese is sent back by John Connor to 1984 to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor. This time unexpected events have altered the past and threaten the future of all mankind. Now Reese must join forces with Sarah and her “guardian” to save the world from the next terminator evolution.
2015, 1080p, Rated PG 13, 2 Hours 6 Minutes
Dolby Digital 7.1 Atmos Compatible, 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jia Courtney and Jason Clarke
Directed by Alan TaylorRating
Sex: Brief Nudity
I was not expecting much from this movie. I felt the franchise was well past its expiration date after the 3rd movie. The storyline has slowly shifted from an exciting chase movie to a time travel mind bender. I could barely keep up with the time shifting, because not only is it confusing, but after a while it gets boring. In this installment, Reese becomes a nano-bot machine/human, not unlike Ultron from earlier this year. You would think this is a big reveal of the plot, but Reese is shown on the cover art as half and half. So much for a big reveal.
The movie also got a bit preachy about how humans are so glued to their portable devices and unaware of the impending dangers of technology, that by the time we look up and see what’s going on around us, it’ll be too late. This while a large segment of the intended audience is watching Genisys on an iPhone or iPad (Oh, the irony!). The groundbreaking CGI of Teminator: Judgement Day makes these entire sequels pale in comparison. Then, it was innovative. Today, ho-hum. So, here’s hoping that the Terminator series can finally be put to rest, because who wants to see an 80 year old Arnold saying, “I’ll be back…yet again!”
The picture quality is generally outstanding. The dark scenes still show plenty of shadow detail, while skin tones are spot on and colors are well saturated without blooming. Sound is muscular with lots a deep bass rumble and plenty of surround action. If you have an Atmos system, you should be pleased with your investment with this one. The CGI is also quite good. The young version of Arnold almost passes as real, as if they somehow resurrected the same guy from the original flick. He actually worked out for months prior to shooting and got bulked up to the same dimensions he had 12 years ago. Now THAT is dedication to the craft! Arnold may be old, but he is not obsolete.
Besides the HD feature film there is a DVD and Ultra Violet version. Extras include: family Dynamics, Infiltration and Terminations and Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys.