Genisys means “the Beginning”, where it all began. James Cameron takes us to a time where machines run the world. It’s quite terrifying. The film begins in the future with human soldiers John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance and Kyle Rees, 2nd in command (Aussie actor, Jai Courtney). The revolution is almost over…..a possible flawless victory for all humanity. But wait, something happened. The Time is altered. Kyle Rees must go back, but it is not the place that he was told would be there. Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) is different. There’s a twist in the plot. Everything as they know it is turned upside down and backwards… Skynet represents something different now and is one large step ahead of our protagonists! You don’t have to be well-versed in terminator verbage to know how complex this story is.
A few technical points-
The Machines and technology. Arnold Schwartzennegger’s character is revisited time and time again. This time he is an older model that comes to protect Sarah Conner in a varied and altered timeline. She calls him, “Pops” the T-800. I get used to Pops as a father figure for Sarah Conner and a voice of reason in the chaotic makeup of altered events. Also T-800 vs. T-1000 are at odds over humanity. I find it fascinating that the machines are fighting each other for our survival….
Timelines. I saw all Terminator movies, I was a little confused about when and how the machines went back. It was a lot to take in at once, especially if you have not seen all of them from the beginning. However, I was mind-blown about the depths that they went to change to outcome of this story and intertwine characters fates. Now, the story can go on forever….
Relationships and casting. Sarah Connor’s character seemed a bit young compared to the Sarah Conner of the first terminator. If she was raised by the terminator, why wasn’t she more buff and chiseled. If I was raised by a machine, I would probably have about 2% fat on me. She was a good size, just seemed too young for her counterpart Kyles Rees. It just didn’t make sense. Sometimes sons and daughters are bigger than their parents, but both Kyle and Sarah were shorter in stature and physique than John Connor…it appeared.
Overall, I enjoyed the film, but some things I had to go back and research because it went over my head. I give this film 3 stars out of 5. This is the fourth installment of the Terminator Series. Characters were created by James Cameron. Film directed by Alan Taylor. The Production company is Skydance Productions, distributed by Paramount Pictures. Running Time, Released July 1, 2015.
*Please note. This is my work and any duplicated material has been taken from the original source and author of Okema “Seven” Gunn.