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Terminator Genisys
Terminator Genisys
“TERMINATOR GENISYS” is an ill-conceived blockbuster!
Lacking conceptual depth, this vague science-fiction is a far cry from James Cameron’s intelligently-crafted original. With inadequate logic and missing visual thrills, this fifth instalment merely qualifies as a decent popcorn entertainer, and that too only for the ardent followers of the franchise.
The story this time loops back to the original. On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, John Connor sends his trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese back through time to save his mother's life and ensure his own existence. But what he finds on the other side is like nothing he ever expected. After being orphaned at age 9 by a Terminator, Sarah Connor has since been brought up by another Terminator, played by Schwarzenegger, programmed to protect her. This Terminator has then trained her to face her destiny, which she adamantly tries to reject. Now Sarah, Kyle and the reprogrammed Terminator have to escape the T-800, the T-1000 and John Connor himself in a desperate attempt to stop Judgment Day from ever happening; while at the same time trying to stop the sinister Genisys app from going online.
Right from the word go there is action galore. Massive destructions, displayed with the aid of flawless CGI do make for a riveting viewing, but only for a short while, and not if it runs for over 2 hours, without any clearly defined direction. And that is the basic problem with this film. You have constant chases which become monotonous after sometime. Then you have time-travel jargons thrown at you in the most pseudo-intelligent manner possible, only making things less serious. The plot woven lacks efforts, as it appears too easy and convenient, thereby reducing the intellect value of the product. To be fair, it does raise some interesting questions that, sadly, the movie either answers too quickly or drops altogether. Eventually, it feels less like a taut feature film, and more like the series finale of a long-running TV show.
The performances are adequate, but he only one really having a good time is Schwarzenegger, who has learnt a peculiar grin that’s perhaps amongst the funniest moments in the film. Rest, technically the film scores high.
In all, I repeat, TERMINATOR GENISYS is as ill-concieved as it is ill-spelt, and is something you’ll forget the moment you step out of the theatre. At best an average pastime!

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