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Terminator Genisys Blu-ray Review

Terminator Genisys Blu-ray

“Terminator Genisys” starts off strong, but goes out with a whimper.

“Terminator Genisys” begins in 2029 with John Connor and the Resistance fighting Skynet. As we know, Skynet sends the Terminator back in time to 1984 kill Sarah Connor and, as a response, Kyle Reese goes back in time to stop him. This time there’s a twist, however, as we see an older Sarah Connor and the Guardian (a reprogrammed Terminator) in 1984. We soon learn the timeline has been altered and that Kyle, Sarah, and the Guardian need to travel to 2017 to stop Skynet (AKA Genisys) from going online. What follows are plenty of twists and turns that I will not reveal here.

After a clever and entertaining first half that harkens back to the original “The Terminator,” “Terminator Genisys” sadly falls apart once the core characters jump to 2017. It is here that the worst kept plot twist secret occurs. The twist doesn’t work. I get that the creative team wanted to mix the franchise up a bit, but this twist feels like a slap in the face to fans. Writers Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis simply tamper with the stories of the first two films too much instead of moving forward with a new story.

In terms of the new cast, it’s a mixed bag. Arnold Schwarzenegger is far and away the highlight here as he gives his best performance since his return to acting. Emilia Clarke (of “Game of Thrones” fame) is surprisingly flat as Sarah Connor. She’s no Linda Hamilton, that’s for sure. I normally find Jai Courtney bland but I found him fairly likable as Kyle Reese. Again, he’s not Michael Biehn, but he does the job. As for the rest, the always reliable J.K. Simmons shines as a new Detective character, Jason Clarke does a decent job as John Connor, and Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor from “Doctor Who”) has very little to do even though he plays an intriguing new character. The biggest cast talking point, however, is what we don’t see. For those hoping to see Robert Patrick return as the T-1000, I’m afraid he is nowhere to be seen. I don’t know why he isn’t in this movie, but it’s a real bummer.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Perhaps the best transfer I have seen this year. Stunning clarity.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? This track brings the heat. Atmos does NOT disappoint.

Extras:
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* “Family Dynamics”- A 16 minute featurette about the cast. Interviews are included.
* “Infiltration And Termination”- A 26 minute extra about the location shooting in New Orleans and San Francisco.
* ‘Upgrades: VFX Of Terminator Genisys”- As the title suggests, this 15 minute featurette is about the film’s numerous visual f/x.

Overall Thoughts: As a reboot, “Terminator Genisys” is mediocre, but at least it’s better than the dreadful “Terminator Salvation.” A rental at best.

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October 28, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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