It’s safe to say that everyone would love Terminator Genisys to be a huge success. The fact of the matter is that Terminator Genisys might have been the last chance for this long-running franchise to get new life. Arnold Schwarzenegger certainly hoped that Terminator Genisys would be something that could spark interest in the series — that’s why he came back to the reboot.
The problem is that the franchise really hasn’t been very good for over a decade and if most early reviews of Terminator Genisys can be believed, the film didn’t do anything that hadn’t been seen before and that wasn’t done better before. Terminator Genisys took the right approach in basically saying everything after the second film in the series has been wiped out. That’s good news since Revelations was pretty terrible. The problem is that while the first two Terminators are beloved, Genisys falls well short, and only underlines how much better those films were.
As the Guardian points out, the film even basically attempts a shot-for-shot remake of the original, with different actors. As we all know by now, Emilia Clarke is now Sarah Connor and she manages to handle the call back to better films fairly well. It is the second half of the film, that comes off as a parody of the originals — and that’s not good when you’re actually trying to pay homage.
The New York Post doesn’t like Clarke’s portrayal of Connor at all. Considering the actress is used to playing the “Mother of Dragons” on Game of Thrones you would expect she could take the turn as a strong-willed young lady. Instead, the Post feels as though she comes off as rather weak. Oddly enough, this is the same thing that actually happened to Emilia Clarke’s character in Game of Thrones.
The main problem with Terminator Genisys appears to be there are just too many actors and too much to do. Terminator Genisys‘ cast includes Matt Smith from Dr. Who, as well as Jai Courtney and JK Simmons. Simmons’ role, in particular, was actually kept under wraps for quite a while for some reason. In the end, these many big name actors, as well as a bunch of remixes of the original films, just don’t seem to work, according to a plurality of movie critics. Terminator Genisys is garnering ratings of just 26 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and 44 out of 100 on Metacritic.
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