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2015-07-06 15:55

Film review:
Terminator Genisys

SARAH and John Connor are character names that have been iconic in the film industry for the last 31 years and will still be remembered in the distant future. However, Terminator Genisys will be forgotten the moment you leave the cinema in Hollywood’s latest attempt to revive another film series.

The future leader of the human resistance against the machines, John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from the Terminator.
Kyle Reese meets a Sarah Connor who doesn’t look like she’s in need of protecting, as she has military training and the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to watch her back.
In the 1982 movie he promised he would be back, but Schwarzenegger’s return is still the most talked-about aspect of the film. Compared to his portrayal of a humanoid killer machine in The Terminator (1982) and T2: Judgement Day (1991), his new role as a huggable metal robot somehow fits the moment.
The action scenes in Terminator Genisys are entertaining but are watered-down to fit below the PG of 13 and lack the bold moves that made the first two films classics.
Sarah and Kyle have to once again ensure the survival of the human race by taking down Skynet. The film papers over the holes in the series’ time travel plot by giving new viewers an explanation of events of the first film.
Emilia Clarke — known for her role on Game of Thrones — gives a mediocre performance as Sarah Connor that will not get as many Twitter followers as the real journalist Sarah O’Connor did when she retweeted a report on a robot that crushed a man at a Volkswagen factory last week.
Clark is the second Game of Thrones cast member to portray Connor, with the elegant Lena Headey acting in the short-lived TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Although the British Clarke is pleasant to look at, she seems to concentrate more on maintaining her Californian accent than acting in Terminator Genisys.
This is the fifth instalment in the series (and third attempt to reboot it) and fails to produce a fresh take on an already established universe created by James Cameron.
It has been reported that Terminator Genisys is the first in a new trilogy that the studio has decided to undertake irrespective of how well or badly the film is received by critics or box office takings.
The trailer for the film basically tells the entire plot, reveals all the spoilers and uses the best lines, making the viewing experience predictable.
The film would have redeemed itself slightly if the trailer didn’t ruin the entire plot, with even director Alan Taylor stating that he was unhappy with the marketing of the film done by the studio.
It is a little difficult to cover your eyes, block your ears and hum the theme tune to The Care Bears when a trailer appears in the theatre. If you do in fact use this method to save yourself from spoilers, the couple next to you will think you have lost your marbles.
*** Yashen Moodley


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