CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — Arnold told us “I’ll be back,” and he is.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back with a vengeance in this fifth installment of the “Terminator” franchise — “Terminator Genisys.”
It’s 2029, John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, again sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) to1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke from the “Game of Thrones”) and safeguard the future. An unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), and dangerous new enemies.
Much of the film was an homage to James Cameron, replicating scenes from earlier “Terminator” films. As you would expect, the visual effects in “Terminator Genisys” are amazing but how many times can you blow up San Francisco? It seems that every blockbuster we’ve seen lately destroys most of poor California. Why not destroy Omaha, Nebraska, or Des Moines, Iowa, instead?
“Terminator Genisys” was written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier based on characters by Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd. Alan Taylor, best known as Director of the HBO television series, “Game of Thrones,” directed the film.
There was more humor in this movie than there was in other “Terminator” movies, but the movie failed to suspend my disbelief and all the time travel became somewhat confusing.
I found the constant fighting tedious. I got really bored and was ready for the movie to end about a half hour before it actually did. Don’t rush out of the theater when the credits roll on the screen, though, because you may miss an important surprise that sets up the future for the next “Terminator” installment.
The audience at Wehrenberg’s Chesterfield Galaxy 14 had mixed feelings about the film. One gentleman told me that it was a complete waste of two hours. Several I interviewed really liked the film, but one young man told me the best thing about the film was the popcorn.
Surprisingly, more women I interviewed liked the film than the guys. If you loved the first four “Terminators,” you will love this because it is really just more of the same: Terminators being shot, blown up and burned to a crisp but miraculously getting up and coming after the good guys again and again and again and again.
The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.