The 5th movie installment in the Terminator franchise Terminator Genesys is a 2015 science fiction action film directed by Alan Taylor and written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, reprising his role as the eponymous character, along with Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney. Will a much older Arnie work out as a Terminator? In my opinion, yes!
So this is the story for this movie. It starts off in the future where Human Resistance leader John Connor launches a massive final offensive against Skynet, an artificial general intelligence system seeking to eliminate the human race. Just before the humans can get the upper hand, Skynet activates a T-800 cyborg and sends him back in time using the time machine all the back to 1984 to kill John’s mother Sarah Connor, effectively erasing him from existence. John decides to send someone back to protect her and his right hand man Kyle Reese, who John had rescued as a young boy, volunteers. As Kyle floats in the machine’s magnetic field, he witnesses John being attacked by another Resistance soldier (Matt Smith). He then has visions from his childhood about events in 2017. A little bit after he arrives in 1984, is immediately attacked by a T-1000 (Lee Byung-hun). The T-800 is disabled by Sarah and the Guardian, a reprogrammed T-800 sent back in time to protect Sarah.
Sarah & the Guardian come to Kyle’s aid, though he does not trust the T-800, and eventually kill the T-100 using acid. Sarah and the Guardian reveal they have constructed a makeshift time machine similar to Skynet’s, and that Sarah plans to travel to 1997 – the year Skynet becomes self-aware. Realizing the timeline has been altered, Kyle is convinced that the future has changed due to the warning he received in his childhood vision. He persuades Sarah to travel to 2017 instead to stop Skynet, while The Guardian stays behind and wait out the 33 years. The naked duo arrive in 2017 on a busy San Francisco bridge traffic and are apprehended by the cops. While being treated for injuries, Sarah and Kyle learn that Skynet is called “Genisys”, a soon-to-be-unveiled global operating system that is being embraced by the public. They argue about the decision to come to 2017 and are surprised when John arrives, impersonating Homeland security, and brings them out of the hospital. Kyle is astonished to learn that he fathered John in the other timeline. However in the parking lot the Guardian shows up and shoots immediately shoots John, revealing that John is an advanced T-3000 Terminator.
Apparently as Kyle was being sent back to 1984, a T-5000 (Smith), the physical embodiment of Skynet disguised as a member of the Resistance, attacked John and transformed him into a Terminator. John was tasked with ensuring Cyberdyne Systems’ survival and traveled back in time to assist them with the development of Genisys. The three of them escape from John, who’s abilities are astronomically more advanced that previous models, regroup and resupply with weapons that the Guardian had stocked up. They head toward Cyberdyne’s headquarters to destroy the Cyberdyne’s Genisys mainframe with the T-3000 in close pursuit. A helicopter chase and crash later, Sarah & Kyle run into the large complex and along with the Guardian plant bombs at key points in the facility while holding off the T-3000. In a final battle, the Guardian traps the T-3000 in the magnetic field of a prototype time machine. Both are destroyed, but just prior to the explosion, the T-3000 throws the remains of the Guardian into an experimental vat of mimetic polyalloy located nearby.
Kyle and Sarah reach a bunker beneath the facility, and the explosion sets off the bombs, successfully preventing Genisys from coming online. The Guardian appears, upgraded with mimetic polyalloy components similar to that of the T-1000, and helps them find a way out of the debris. They then go to Kyle’s childhood home, where Kyle tells his younger self about Genisys and instructs him to repeat the warning in a mirror – critical insurance that the events lead to their arrival in 2017. Sarah, Kyle and the Guardian drive off into the country. A mid-credits scene reveals that the system core of Genisys was located in a protected subterranean chamber and has survived the explosion.
Although the film didn’t do as well as the producers expected and didn’t sit that well with critics, I liked this film, a lot more than Rise Of The Machines. I felt it did have a quality, though I hated the two much time travel element, to it so I’m gonna rate it a…..8.5 outta 10!