If he says he’ll be back, you can count on it. That he took twelve years to do this can have been an advantage. The not very praiseworthy recorded TERMINATOR SALVATION only offered a reasonably convincing computer animation of the Austrian action star. Like all multi-million dollar productions these days, SALVATION was planned as a trilogy. An earlier reunion with Arnold Schwarzenegger in his star role would have been possible. For the Warner and Sony studios, the worldwide box office of $ 370 million was just too close to the 200 million budget. The rethinking continued until Paramount took the reins in hand. Because speed was of the essence because the rights will revert to inventor James Cameron in 2019. So Paramount promised two more parts,
The story is known. It is the year 2029, Skynet has usurped world domination with its machines. Resistance leader John Connor sends Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect John’s mother Sarah. But this time Kyle doesn’t meet a frightened, defenseless woman. Against all odds, Sarah Connor is a fighter skilful in weapons, and in this part it is up to her to say a sentence that has run through all previous films: “Come with me if you want to live!” Kyle is even more surprised when he spots a Terminator as Sarah’s passenger. Somebody reshuffled the cards for the past in the future. But Skynet reacts immediately, Judgment Day may be postponed but not canceled.
When James Cameron made his first TERMINATOR, he just wanted to stage tangible action, just put it in a different guise. Time travel stories can also make sense if you don’t overwhelm them. Seven years later it looked different. Cameron revolutionized the use of computer generated images in film for TERMINATOR 2. Number two was a trick sensation, but tripped itself in the story when it woven a huge paradox into the plot. In the sense of higher, faster, further, TERMINATOR: GENISYS goes many steps further, where many things no longer make sense at all. First and foremost, of course, it’s about action, and action is on offer. It bangs incessantly and many things break. It is well known that the eye eats with, and the eye is always full. There are some very nice ideas for this. A high point right at the beginning is of course the fight of the aged Schwarzenegger against his young alter ego from the first part. Or the stunning JK Simmons, who with his character O’Brien creates an outstanding connection between the time levels. GENISYS never lets you get bored. Whether everything makes sense is another matter entirely.
The most intrusive question is, of course, why Sarah Connor was given a T-800 as protection many years before the actual events. Even if it spices up the premise that everything would be reset to the factory settings. It makes no sense, and there is no explanation. Just as little does it make sense that the new T-1000 wants to take its supposed victims Reese and Connor to somewhere where there is a chance of escape instead of simply killing them according to its mission. Anyone who begins to think about the course of action quickly becomes angry because one inconsistency attaches to the next. Among other things, Emilia Clarke’s extremely intrusive push-up. Who and what do the producers want to achieve with it? Anyone who saw Clarke in all GAME OF THRONES episodes
TERMINATOR: GENISYS suffers most from its claim to lump everything, but also everything, in terms of possibilities. And that means that every sequence becomes a repetition of scenes from the previous films. The state of astonishment does not arise in the viewer. You have already experienced every scenario. It’s just the accumulation of the same that keeps you happy. On the surface, GENISYS remains a great piece of fun. But you shouldn’t scratch the surface in the slightest. For example, there is Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Cameron had made Linda Hamilton a bitter woman, whose wiry build aided the despair and tension. Clarke, on the other hand, can only look good. Especially since you get an incredibly absurd, because the make-up was perfect. And then there is the thing with the operating system, the SYS in Genisys. In all honesty, the thought is well meant, but not at all realistic. Maybe the makers wanted to practice something like social criticism, when the whole world is just waiting for this one operating system that connects everything with everything. But, sorry, technically everything has long been possible, that not only all devices but also users can be networked with one another. which connects everything with everything. But, sorry, technically everything has been possible for a long time, so that not only all devices but also users can be networked with one another. which connects everything with everything. But, sorry, technically everything has long been possible, that not only all devices but also users can be networked with one another.
TERMINATOR: GENISYS leaves its viewer vacillating between gripping entertainment and nonsense caused by the plot. The question that remains, of course, is how a visibly aged Schwarzenegger can play a robot that has actually looked constant over the years. The answer is as simple as it is amazing. But the makers should actually come up with something when it comes to the story. Because, as promised, there will be at least two more parts. Before 2019 the rights go back to James Cameron. And then? Does it start with a reboot? Or shouldn’t Cameron have been better involved in the production of the current trilogy?