I think most people would agree that Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the best Terminator movie of the whole franchise. And since that movie came out, every Terminator movie has tried — and mostly failed — to capture the tension and suspense of that movie. Further, no movie has managed to capture the serious tone of that movie and most have relied more on comedy than horror in the subsequent movies.
Terminator Genisys is no exception. While this film is entertaining, it is often cheesy and lacks the tension of Terminator 2. Regardless, it is a fun, entertaining movie that’s worth a watch.
The cast is decent, but they aren’t very good. Schwarzenegger is showing his age and — even though they try to incorporate that into the story — it seeps through into his performance. None of his line are particularly convincing and he’s really there for comedic effect and to help the viewer remember and reminisce about the Terminator franchise.
The action is good with a lot of set pieces to gawk at.
The strongest part of this film is the surprises in the plot. The makers of this film know the audience is familiar with the Terminator timeline and deliberately starts throwing in plot twists that mess with the events of the prior movies. You’re always trying to guess what happens next as the writers take the foundations of the franchise and turn them on their head.
Score: 6.8/10 Fun film. Don’t expect too much from it and you will have a good time.