‘Terminator’ Reboot Offers A New Spin On An Old Favorite With New Mysteries For Fans

Terminator Genisys is the fifth movie in the Terminator franchise. Although this movie is very similar to the first movie in the series, something has gone horribly wrong. The characters discover that when Kyle Reese returns to a timeline where Sarah Connor already knows who he is, she’s been raised from the age of 9 by a friendly Terminator now referred to as “Pops.”

The Daily Beast reported that this movie erases the original canon created by James Cameron, who made the first two original Terminator movies. Cameron commented that in the Terminator canon, this movie actually became the third in the series and gave the impression of a silent condemnation of both Terminator: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation, the third and fourth movies in the series. Unlike the Fast and Furious franchise, which managed to reboot itself and get back on track, becoming the most successful franchise in history for Universal, the Terminator series has struggled to find itself.

In the original movie, Arnold Schwarznegger, as a T-101, returns to the past to kill Sarah Connor, John Connor’s mother. John leads the resistance in the future, and if Skynet can kill her before John is born, then the resistance movement will be stopped.

Kyle Reese, a lieutenant of the future John Connor, also returns to the past in order to save Sarah. He is killed in the first movie, but not before he and Sarah have a brief relationship with John as the result.

In the reboot, Kyle and Sarah travel to 2017 to stop a new app from going online instead of traveling back to 1997 to stop the apocalypse from happening. This is where the storyline starts to disintegrate because John Connor is born in 1984, and he has sent Reese back from 2029. The T-1000, a character from the second movie, makes an appearance, and Arnold Schwarznegger also battles a much younger and evil version of himself. As witnessed in the trailer, Terminator skin ages.

The introduction of Matt Smith as Alex adds to the mystery. Although Smith only has a few minutes of screen time, moviegoers may end up wondering what future part he plays.

As reported in Business Insider, Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons gets about five minutes of screen time in the movie as one of the police officers from the original. He believes that there are super soldiers secretly living among us, but he doesn’t realize, or know, that they are Terminators from the future.

Reactions to Terminator Genisys have been mixed on Twitter as some moviegoers and critics said it violated the Terminator canon. Others liked the movie while Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 25 percent.

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