My son and I saw an early screening of Terminator Genisys earlier in the week. We both agree the first two Terminator movies are better than Genisys. My son enjoyed the film, but I have mix feelings about the fifth Terminator movie. I like certain aspects of T5 — like when old Arnold Schwarzenegger fights a younger CGI version of himself. On the other hand, I thought the story was a bit messy. For instance, the story starts off in the future after Skynet has taken over. Then the story jumps to the same timeline as the first movie (1984). However, that timeline has been altered because another Terminator was sent back further in time. Then the story jumps forward to 2017. In the first three Terminator movies, time travel was only used to bring the Terminator to the present time. But in T5, time travel seems to be a major focus of the movie. Terminator: Genisys (Paramount Pictures) opens in theaters today. Continue reading to learn six things about the movie.
6 Things About Terminator Genisys
Skynet sends a Terminator back in time to kill Sara Connor… again
Like the first three Terminator movies, Skynet once again sends a Terminator back in time to kill someone. In the first movie, the Terminator was sent back to kill Sarah Connor. In the second movie, the Terminator was sent to kill Kyle Reese. In the third film, the Terminator was sent back in time to kill key members of John Connor’s team. There was no time jumping in the fourth film. In this fifth movie, the Terminator was sent back in time again to kill Sarah Connor. But this time around, the timeline has changed and Sarah is ready for the Terminator.
There are multiple time jumps
In Terminator: Genisys, there are multiple time jumps. The first one takes place in the future when Skynet sends the Terminator back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor. Sarah and her guardian Terminator stop the bad Terminator. Then they decide to jump to 2017 to prevent Judgment Day. If you’ve seen the other Terminator movies, then you know 2017 wasn’t Judgment Day in the other films. That’s because in T5, a Terminator was also sent back in time to help Sarah when she was only nine. In addition, Skynet also sent another Terminator to stop Kyle Reese in 1984. Because of these time jumps, the timeline was altered.
You can skip the fourth movie
Terminator: Genisys is the fifth movie in the Terminator series. From what I can remember from the other movies, Genisys relates to the first three films but doesn’t seem to connect in any way to the fourth movie. In fact, there is a discrepancy between the fourth and fifth film. In Terminator Salvation, John Connor meets Kyle Reese for the first time in a holding cell at Skynet. In Terminator Genisys, John Connor meets Kyle Reese for the first time in the sewer. It’s as if the two movies are on two different time lines. Note: if you don’t have time to watch all the Terminator movies before seeing Genisys, I recommend seeing the first Terminator movie and if you have time, watch the second one too.
No one knows who sent the guardian Terminator back in time
When the movie flashes back to 1984, we meet a very different Sarah. In the first Terminator movie, Sarah doesn’t know anything about Skynet, Terminators or how to defend herself. But in T5, Sarah knows everything because she was raised by a Terminator since the age of nine. She’s a bad ass like she was in T2 — except she’s much younger. In fact, she looks like she’s still in high school in T5 even though she’s suppose to be the same age as the Sarah in the first Terminator movie. A Terminator raising Sarah Connor is an interesting twist on the story, but no one knows who sent the Terminator back in time to raise Sarah. Maybe the writers plan on revealing the secret in the next sequel — if there is one.
Arnold is back
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in Terminator: Genisys. Unlike the last Terminator movie, this time Arnold is back as a major character. He played the part of the Terminator who becomes a father figure to Sarah Connor. The other major characters were played by Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor) and Jason Clarke (John Connor). I almost didn’t recognize her, but Emilia Clarke is the Mother of dragons in the Game of Thrones cable series. Love that show. Other cast members included J.K. Simmons (O’Brien), Dayo Okeniyi (Danny Dyson), Matt Smith (Alex), Courtney B. Vance (Miles Dyson), Byung-hun Lee (Cop / T-1000), Michael Gladis (Lt. Matias), Sandrine Holt (Detective Cheung), Wayne Bastrup (Young O’Brien), Gregory Alan Williams (Detective Harding), Otto Sanchez (Detective Timmons), and Matty Ferraro (Agent Janssen). Terminator Genisys was directed by Alan Taylor.
Terminator: Genisys is rated PG-13
The 125-minute movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief strong language. There are a lot of fight scenes and mayhem in the film. But I don’t think they are too intense for most children.