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At the Movies: Terminator Genisys Movie Review

July 6, 2015

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The latest instalment in The Terminator franchise has been widely panned and somewhat deservedly so.

The first two Terminator movies became instant classics, the third somewhat less so and the fourth Terminator Salvation attempted to reboot the series with a diversion in what was becoming a tired formula.

Therefore it was with some trepidation that The Gutter Trash went along to see the latest instalment Terminator Genisys (sic) on Saturday night.

The plot line follows the same old routine, a Terminator from the future, a T-1000 model to be precise (that’s the melty aluminium one that can change shape) is sent back to 1984 to kill John Connor’s mum.  However when he gets there, Mrs Connor has already befriended the old Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who was there originally to kill (or save) her, depending on the point in time.

The storyline rapidly descends into a garbled mess of excruciating dialogue as characters explain at some unnecessary length as to how all this time travel stuff works.  The word play goes on and on and on and on and on until none of it makes sense at all and to be frank no one really cares.  At one point Arnold says “John Connor talks to much” which had the entire audience of the cinema nodding in agreement.

The special effects are good as you’d expect, but really this is a mess of a movie.  There’s the occasional moment where Arnold delivers the obligatory lines “I’ll be back,” and “”bite me”” not to mention the traditional scene where he arrives naked and asks some belligerent punks for their clothes.

At the end, there’s some big explosions and the promise that this “isn’t the end.”

It’s like someone had plucked some ideas from the old movies and stitched them together in some half arsed effort to make a few bucks.

I quite like the Terminator movies but this is the worst one of them all.

One and a half stars.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. TB Queensland permalink
    July 6, 2015 2:40 pm

    I’ll let The Minister read this, sreb …

    And technophobes prattle on about why we shouldn’t download films first … you just saved me $180 I reckon (including tucker and drinks) …

    The review was a bit long winded but that’s probably a reflection of the film in question rather than your usually excellent literary style …

    Many thanks …

  2. July 6, 2015 3:28 pm

    You’re welcome TB..

    As much as it pains me to say it. Wally was right, it was rubbish.

    The script was just terrible, and the so-called “story” just a rehash of bits and pieces from earlier movies. Which was a shame. I really wanted it to be good, but it wasn’t. It was just woeful.

  3. Walrus permalink
    July 6, 2015 3:44 pm

    So it looks like your money said to you Hasta La Vista Baby ?

  4. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 10, 2015 2:44 pm

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/09/greece-debt-crisis-athens-accepts-harsh-austerity-as-bailout-deal-nears

    Athens accepts austerity.

    Even the most left wing, anti austerity government in Europe accepts that it is better than the option.

    Greece’s problems are a creation of its own public policy laziness, and there’s a lesson in that for Australia.

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