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544 Ratings

Terminator: Genisys

Directed by Alan Taylor
United States, 2015
Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller


The year is 2032. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. John’s fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.

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Terminator: Genisys Directed by Alan Taylor
There’s a witty idea behind Genisys, revisiting the first film in the franchise through the prism of all the subsequent films, but the result isn’t witty, it’s tiring. By the end, you may sympathise – though not in the way intended – with Kyle’s anguished cry: “Time-travel makes my head hurt!”.
July 20, 2015
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Terminator Genisys is the worst of all possible worlds. It’s neither a surprising work of pop art nor an entertaining piece of crap. (And forget about explaining that spelling to a nosy 6-year-old.) It’s awful in a way that makes you not even feel entitled to a refund.
July 07, 2015
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As with so much contemporary culture, Terminator Genisys feels simultaneously self-satisfied and desperate, frenzied and boring. It is at one and the same time a desecration and plundering of the series’ past that is also pathetically reverential towards it.
July 03, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Terminator: Genisys

    Not without decent ideas, but fuck, if eight brain damaged, psychotic, paranoid schizophrenics sat down and actually tried their damndest to write the most convoluted and ridiculous plot of all time, it still wouldn't come close to this. The exposition is laid on so brutally thick Nolan would be shaking his head, and the whole thing becomes a tepid chore. Waste of potential, waste of time.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Terminator: Genisys

    "Terminator: Genisys" suffers from an overload of ideas, but one of them - which sees the son of Miles Dyson inadvertently creating Skynet by repurposing CyberDyne as a hip, San Francisco tech start-up - is actually pretty great. The film also moves along at a steady clip and boasts a number of well-staged action sequences, meaning "Genisys" is about as inoffensive as "Terminator" sequels get these days.

  • Gabe's rating of the film Terminator: Genisys

    Marginally better than the last two, but what made the first two movies great was that visceral and plodding sense of slowly beating back an unstoppable killer with wholly inadequate weapons. Somewhere along the line the producers decided it's just about insane time lines and over-the-top special effects, neither of which is the franchise's strength.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Terminator: Genisys

    Clearly better than nr 3 and 4 but nowhere near the first two. There are a bunch of things that work here but the script is just too littered with half baked ideas and needless homages to the first two. And the whole time travelling thing just feels overdone and gets tired really quick. And Taylor as a director is not prolific enough to give this movie a voice and identity of its own. Still kind of entertaining.

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Terminator: Genisys

    If it's a compliment saying GENISYS is better than McG's pedantic SALVATION or Mostow's ridiculous RISE OF THE MACHINES, then let me save myself the trouble. What I will say instead is that Arnie plays an "old but not obsolete" terminator with a genuine charm that offsets the hardy har har, goofy relationship between Sarah Connor (Khaleesi) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney). Best thing about this film is faded memories.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Terminator: Genisys

    Better than expected reimagining that attempts to meld the storylines of previous installments into one new timeline with some degree of success. Film delivers on the action though much of the early going is simple rehashing for the cgi era. Casting is adequate but one does wind up missing Linda Hamilton. With the open question of 'cause and effect' future installments are possible...but who wants them?

  • f-nanda's rating of the film Terminator: Genisys

    Maybe my judgement is clouded because I like Terminator too much, but I enjoyed this movie. I liked a lot of ideas but not all were full developed as it should. I want Pops! But I didn't like Sarah screaming Pops all the time. It was a bit annoying.

  • EdieMaas's rating of the film Terminator: Genisys

    The film equivalent of the reunion show of that band you really loved, where everyone in the audience is just happy to be there, and, honestly, you didn't really expect 'em to be that great anymore, anyway, did you? A movie for fans of the franchise. I liked it. And all the time fuckery was fun (see: Plenty of nostalgia and self-referential humour. Still, 2.5, tops.

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