Movies Open Forum: TERMINATOR: GENISYS written by Robert Reineke June 30, 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger is back. Bad reviews are back too. And what about the fans? The big question is whether the franchise has fans or whether fandom was truly attracted to Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron in their primes. We’ll probably have that figured out by next Monday with international numbers probably being the decisive factor. Is this going to follow in the footsteps of JURASSIC WORLD and bring out nostalgic fans or is it the end of the road for the franchise? And what do our readers think of the film? Some questions to ponder. Is this it for Alan Taylor as a feature film director? Has Arnold reached the end of the line as a star? Can Emilia Clarke hold her own on the big screen? Is this Jai Courney’s last chance as a leading man? What’s up with Matt Smith and his secret role? Has The Terminator outlived its possibilities with the convolutions of time travel just serving to repeat a limited number of story beats? If not, where do you go from here? As always, we welcome our readers thoughts below. Open Forum: TERMINATOR: GENISYS was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Terminator: Genisys 8 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Coming May 5, 2017! next post Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 4 “Aperitivo” You may also like Retro Review: MAD MAX March 1, 2015 Harrison Ford’s Indy Interest Remains As Sharp... August 6, 2013 Katniss Takes Aim In The Final Poster... September 30, 2013 Michael Keaton is BIRDMAN June 12, 2014 James Bond: First Image And Video From... 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On a shoestring budget Cameron created a masterpiece of sci-fi fiction built not on spectacle and special effects but on solid characters and a pounding narrative. Gonna give this one a miss and not let Hollywood get their mitts on my money. Studios need to learn that we deserve great films and if we keep paying to see these mediocre and disappointing films then they’ll just keep churning them out. (As a sidenote : the last film I personally boycotted was Amazing Spider-Man 2 and look what happened there. One man can make a difference!) stock I’ll add this won’t hurt Arnold at all. Arnold is the John Wayne of our times. Duke put out more than a few clunkers in his day, and much like Arnold, he even remade a few of his classics. El Dorado was a straight remake of Rio Bravo. But like Wayne, Arnold is a naturally positive person, who is forgiven his occasional mediocrity. Arnold always sells it. Adrian Obviously, I haven’t seen the film but this is just the speculation and vibe I’m getting from all I’m reading in the reviews and such … Is this it for Alan Taylor as a feature film director? Quite possibly. Going 1-1 or 0-2 depending on how you look at it isn’t a good look. Has Arnold reached the end of the line as a star? From what I gather, he’s the best part of the film, so I think he’s still got a shot. Can Emilia Clarke hold her own on the big screen? Good question. From what I’ve read, she’s very miscast as the iconic Sarah Connor. I never thought she looked the part, but that’s just me. Is this Jai Courney’s last chance as a leading man? I hope so. The guy is dull in everything he’s been in thus far and the reviews say the same here. I guess he’s the new Sam Worthington? What’s up with Matt Smith and his secret role? I already know what that secret role but I can’t imagine it makes a difference. Has The Terminator outlived its possibilities with the convolutions of time travel just serving to repeat a limited number of story beats? If not, where do you go from here? Honestly, if they wanted to go back to the good parts of the first two films, I think they should’ve just rebooted it and made everything make sense. Unfortunately, the studio just wants to cash in before the rights go back to Cameron. SeanLM PG-13 for a typically R-rated franchise= Bad sign. It means the only consideration is maximizing the opening weekend revenue by getting all the 13 year old boys in the theater. As for Arnold, the only movie I want to see him in is Legend of Conan and if this bombs good luck getting LoC made. Unlike Sly Stallone, Arnold never learned to act or write so I don’t know what he does once the action pictures dry up. Voice acting maybe? stock You can’t keep Arnold down, Sean. Arnold will sleep when he’s dead. Somebody will always want Arnold in a movie. While I agree he’s never likely to walk up to the podium to accept an Oscar–who cares? Neither did Montgomery Clift. Arnold may not be a master thespian, but he always gives great moments. Think of Predator. COME ON! KILL ME! Looked scared there for a minute, didn’t he? ACTING! Bravo! Thank you. stock This is an old article, and I wish we had a full review to comment on, but I just saw it–and it’s middling to bad. Arnold is the best thing in this flick. When I compared him to John Wayne, I wasn’t wrong. Wayne was a very underrated actor. Arnold is not in his class but Duke was required to do something Arnold is rarely asked to do–namely, act like a human. But it is Arnold who is the soul of this otherwise soulless movie. As a plot, Genysis doesn’t even attempt to make sense, and my fingers would tire explaining it. Is Arnold good or bad? Did he kill Sarah Conner’s parents himself, or was that just another huge hole to fall in? What’s with Dr. Who? Why didn’t they let him keep his bloody English accent. Everybody knows when you want sinister, you want a bloody English accent! Other than the requisite fight scenes and bus on bridge scenes which have been done to death, this is a serviceable Terminator starring the Schwarz. The other actors–especially Jason Clarke, do their best with what they have to work with. Jai Courtney is no Michael Beign, but he isn’t required to be. He isn’t that bad. I’d give him a break. Final bitch–why can almost none of these new ModernMyth movies allow a sacrifice to stand? Arnold (spoiler alert if u still give a damn) dies, and then, impossibly since the whole damn place blows up real good, comes back upgraded for the credits! This sh.. is getting tiresome. It has to be a studio decision. No way anybody wrote this.