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All attempts by Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) to prevent the apocalyptic war between man and machine failed. And so their son John (Jason Clarke) fights now in 2029 as the leader of the resistance against the machines developed by Skynet. When a Terminator is sent to kill Sarah in 1984, John sends his friend and confidant Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) into the past to save his mother. Just the way it has to be. But when Kyle arrives in 1984, he has to realize that something has completely upset the course of time and that the future from which he comes no longer exists. What's the matter? And can he still save Sarah Connor and the rest of humanity?
"Terminator Genisys", the fifth film in the franchise that James Cameron created over 30 years ago and which has made Arnold Schwarzenegger a superstar. The new part is supposed to shuffle the cards completely new. But director Alan Taylor ("Thor: The Dark Kingdom") first goes back to the beginning. As with the first three movies there is also a glimpse into the dark future at the beginning, but this time it's a bit longer. Then it goes back to the year 1984, where some scenes from the original film were reproduced 1:1. But suddenly the whole thing is mixed by the appearance of the T-1000 to a kind of best-of of parts 1 and 2, only to turn the concept of the films completely upside down.
However, the studio itself has laid an egg here. Instead of leaving it as a surprise, one of the most important twists is already revealed in the trailer. Thus, a longer sequence of the film loses its surprise and tension moment completely. That's a pity, because even if this twist is somehow crazy, it is in principle really successful. From this moment on, the movie finally bids farewell to the flair of the first two "Terminator" movies and becomes a commercial popcorn action cracker, which may be fun, but doesn't have much in common with Cameron's vision anymore. There is an amazing amount of humor and completely exaggerated action sequences that defy all laws of logic and gravity. When Arnold Schwarzenegger, in view of his advanced age, shows a good deal of self-mockery, it's amusing, but it doesn't have much to do with his Terminator anymore.
Whoever can befriend it will find entertaining entertainment cinema for the eyes here. And then you can confidently say that Schwarzenegger is still doing a really good job. Less convincing are Jason Clarke as John Connor and Emilia Clarke as his mother Sarah. Certainly, Emilia Clarke has been the dream of sleepless nights for many boys and men since "Game of Thrones". But she lacks the rough edges that Sarah Connor simply needs. Linda Hamilton was perfect in that role. Clarkes "Game of Thrones" colleague Lena Headey, who played Sarah Connor for two seasons in the TV version, was also able to convince over long distances as a tough fighter. Clarke, on the other hand, just seems too cute to be a credible action hero.
"Terminator Genisys" is, of course, total nonsense in the end. This is true for the completely confused story as well as for the more and more cartoon-like action towards the finale. However, it can't be denied that the movie is a lot of fun in a slightly trashy way. The two hours fly by and some of the jokes are amazingly funny. Those who don't expect a "Terminator" in the Cameron style will get a solid contribution in the series, which is clearly superior to part 3 and 4 in many respects. And there is a clear one for that: Worth seeing!
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