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Studio:
     Paramount (2 hrs.)
Plot:
     John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be.
Cast:
     Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi
Rating:
     PG-13
Bottom Line:
     **1/2

Coverage:
by
Laurence Washington

The one thing that tweaked my interest in “Terminator Genisys” was how believable 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger looks fighting 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger. If you’ve seen the trailer, I don’t think I’m giving anything away. We’ll, CGI is getting better and better! You can’t tell that 1984 Schwarzenegger is CGI. I bought it hook, line and sinker. Full Marks!

The plot? Well it’s convoluted. The characters time travel from 2029, to 1984 to 2017 with ease. Borrowing a page from “Back to the Future II,” Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is sent back to 1984 once again by John Connor (Jason Clarke) to save his mother Sara Connor (Emilia Clarke) from The Terminator. The only hitch is, Reese finds out things have changed from the first trip. Good Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger from “Terminator 2” (’91), is there fighting bad Terminator, 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sara Conner is a savvy warrior rather than a frighten restaurant waitress with a bull’s eye on her back.

There are plenty of explosions to detract from the fact that there’s no explanation what so ever how good guy “Terminator 2” shows up in 1984. I guess they’ll explain that fact in the sequel they hinted at in the after credit scene. Which is OK I guess, because it’s Arnold and he’s back. At least that’s what the box office is counting on. Although it’s in 3D IMAX, see it in 2D, because it cheaper and just as exciting.

To spice up the action, the silver shape-shifting T-100 Terminator drops in for a little mayhem of his own. However, the real surprise, or plot twist, is digital Skynet has constructed a new Terminator. The new machine tries to recruit Sara and Kyle to join Skynet’s prime directive – kill every humanoid in sight, and when they refuse, the new Terminator tries to…well…terminate them. So at least they’re keeping the Terminators fresh and not recycled.

If you’re a fan of the series, then you know that nothing is constant. The cast changes are so numerous, you need a scorecard to keep up whose playing Sara, Reese and John Conner this time. The only constant thing is Arnold. Again, that’s what the box office is counting on.

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