After reading that article about James Cameron and Deadpool director Tim Miller possibly working together on a new Terminator film, I thought it would be a good idea to post up my review of Terminator: Genisys.
It’s never too late to talk about crap movies, amirite!?
Now, I’ve left movie theaters disappointed before (Mortal Kombat Annihilation, X-Men, Star Wars prequels, Superman Returns) but never actually angry, like after I watched Genisys in theaters. I could practically see the checklist being checked by the producers as I watched the film.
Violence safe for the kiddies? Check.
Snarky dialog to attract the young people? Check.
Likable characters, not too tortured by their upbringing? Check.
Stupid action sequences featuring large vehicles impossibly flipping in the air like something out of Cruis’n World?
Keeping the Terminator, specifically Arnold, alive at the end of the film ‘cause you CAN’T KILL A TERMINATOR IN A TERMINATOR MOVIE, ALL PREVIOUS TERMINATOR FILMS BE DAMNED, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME KILLING OFF JOHN CONNER, THE ONE REPEATING FACTOR THAT FORCES EACH FILM TO BE SELF-CONTAINED WITHOUT BREAKING STATUS QUO, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO CHURN OUT SEQUELS? Check.
Terminator: Genisys was the filmmakers finally taking this series and saying, “We’re no longer doing this for the fans, we’re doing this to maximize the amount of money we can milk from this cash cow.”
On the plus side, if it’s worth anything, at least this movie wasn’t as boring as Terminator Salvation and actually had Arnold Schwarzenegger in it. But if I wanted to watch a third Terminator film that met that criteria, and didn’t leave me fuming, I’d just watch the underrated Terminator 3.