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Terminator Genisys [2015] (2 discs)

Director:Alan Taylor
Writer:Laeta Kalogridis
Patrick Lussier
Composer:Lorne Balfe
Length:126 minutes
(2 hours 6 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
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IMDB Rating:6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:25%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.

Reaction: They seriously need to stop trying to one-up themselves in this series. The idea of revisiting the first movie sounds cool, but the way this is handled, it just gets needlessly confusing and ridiculous. And what's up with John Connor? Seriously?!

Personal Rating: 4/10

Alan Taylor => Director
Laeta Kalogridis => Writer
Patrick Lussier => Writer
Lorne Balfe => Composer
Afemo Omilami => Perry
Arnold Schwarzenegger => Guardian
Bryant Prince => Young Kyle
Byung-hun Lee => Cop / T-1000
Courtney B. Vance => Miles Dyson
Dayo Okeniyi => Danny Dyson
Douglas Smith => Young John Connor
Emilia Clarke => Sarah Connor
Gregory Alan Williams => Detective Harding
Griff Furst => Agent Burke
Grinnell Morris => Sarah's Father (uncredited)
Ian Etheridge => Skynet - 10 yrs old
J.K. Simmons => O'Brien
Jai Courtney => Kyle Reese
Jason Clarke => John Connor
Kerry Cahill => Lt. Whitley
Kerry O'Malley => Kyle's Mom
Mark Adam => Kyle's Dad
Matt Smith => Alex (as Matthew Smith)
Matty Ferraro => Agent Janssen
Michael Gladis => Lt. Matias
Nolan Gross => Skynet - 12 / 14 yrs old
Otto Sanchez => Detective Timmons
Sandrine Holt => Detective Cheung
Seth Meriwether => Skynet - 18 yrs old
Teri Wyble => Mariam
Wayne Bastrup => Young O'Brien
Willa Taylor => Young Sarah

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Jason Clarke is the sixth actor to play John Connor in the many portrayals of the character. This has lead to people referring to him as the "Rusty Griswold" of the [Terminator] series as five different actors have portrayed that role in the many films.
  • The scene where Sarah and Kyle arrive in 2017 bare naked in the middle of a freeway was an obvious nod to [Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles] Pilot (#1.1), where Sarah, John, and Cameron arrive in 2007 in the middle of a freeway bare naked.
  • There are a few subtle hints at the beginning of the film that indicate that the prologue already takes place in a different timeline (i.e. it is not the exact same future as seen in The Terminator): Kyle Reese is saved by John Connor from a Terminator in a sewer, whereas in The Terminator, he states that John freed him from a factory where he was enslaved by Skynet. Also, Kyle still has the photograph of Sarah Connor before he is about to time travel. In The Terminator it is established that this photo had burned long before he did that.
  • Even though most of the cast play characters with American accents minus Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800), most of the cast are not American themselves. Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor) and Matt Smith (T-5000/Skynet) are British, Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese) and Jason Clarke (John Connor/ T-3000) are Australian, Byung-hun Lee (T-1000) is South Korean and Dayo Okeniyi (Danny Dyson) is Nigerian. Only J.K. Simmons (Detective O'Brien) and Courtney B. Vance (Miles Dyson) are the only two real Americans in the main cast.
  • James Cameron gave advice to producers David Ellison and David Goldberg on how they could use a 67 year old Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film, by stating that the living human tissue that is grown on The Terminators, giving them their human forms is not actually synthetic, but organic and could therefore age and that they could have a Terminator sent back through time, missed his target and ended up living in society and due to his brain, which is a neural processor (a learning computer) he could actually become more human and went along without getting discovered.
  • This is the first film that Arnold Schwarzenegger is not "Terminator" in the end credits. Rather, he is named "Guardian".
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't dye his hair for the film. It shows his natural gray hair.
  • This is the first film in the series to not feature animatronic Terminators created by special effects artist (and dear friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger) [?] Stan Winston, due to his death in 2008. Instead, the animatronics were created by effects studio Legacy Effects, a company formed out of Winston's former workshop staff.
  • This is Arnold Schwarzenegger's first movie for Paramount Pictures and Paramount studio's first film in The [Terminator] series. James Cameron had first approached them to do The Terminator and they were very interested. However, the only stipulation was that James Cameron did not direct the film. Since this was Cameron's pet project at the time and he wanted to direct the film, he turned down their offer.
  • Paramount greenlit two sequels to this film before it even opened because regardless of how well or poor it does at the Box Office or with critic reviews, making this the first installment of a new trilogy of [Terminator] films. All film rights to the [Terminator] series are set to revert back to James Cameron in the year 2019.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out for six months, about three hours a day, before shooting started, by which time he had the exact same body weight and muscle measurements as he had 12 years previously while shooting Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
  • James Cameron officially endorsed this film. He says he considers it the official third film in the franchise.
  • Tom Hardy was the first choice for John Connor.
  • Although the phrase "Come with me if you want to live" is spoken in all four Terminator films previously (Kyle Reese- The Terminator, T-800- Terminator 2: Judgment Day, John Connor- Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Kyle Reese- Terminator Salvation), this entry marks the first time Sarah Connor uses this dialogue.