They're back...we get it. Terminator: Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney. In the film, a futuristic organization called Skynet sends a Terminator, a machine that is man-like, back to 1984 to kill Sarah Conner. The Resistance, their enemies, send Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) to destroy the Terminator and save Sarah Conner. However, when Kyle arrives in 1984 he finds a past different than he expected, and once he finds Sarah Conner (Emilia Clarke), they have to work together to combat the dangerous forces of Skynet.
Just to start, I am a HUGE fan of 1984's The Terminator and 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. These two films, both of which are directed by James Cameron, are incredible sci-fi epics that have fun action, great performances and fantastic filmmaking mixed in. However, since Cameron left the franchise after T2, Terminator movies have never been the same, with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation both being poorly received by critics and fans. When I walked into the theater to see this film, I was hoping for a return-to-form for Terminator. To move towards the great writing and action of the first two films. And while this film tries to move back to the strengths of the first two films, it heavily fails.