Bluray 3D + Bluray + Dvd + Digital HD
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons
Run Time: 126 Minutes
“When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future.”
Terminator Genisys is the fifth installment to the very popular Terminator franchise. This time around, a lot has changed. Once again, this movie takes the whole time travel aspect that it has been using since the very first movie, only this time it’s used to change the whole entire story that everyone has gotten to know and love over the years. Not only has it changed the story but it’s changed the characters and their history as well. Without giving too much away, I’ll just say that certain villains become heroes, and certain heroes become villains. This is the reason that the movie has received a lot of negativity. Some may call this a reboot, and some may call it a continuation. In my opinion, it’s a really fun standalone movie that has both positives and negatives. On the positive side of it all, I like the cast. First off, it’s great to see Arnold Schwarzenegger back in action as the Terminator. We had a brief animated cameo of him in the previous movie but it just wasn’t the same. Secondly, we get Jason Clarke as John Connor…how cool is that? Personally, I’m a big fan of Jason Clarke’s work. The more that I see him in different movies, and playing different roles, the more I like him. Thirdly, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney are great actors, so I was fine with seeing them in their roles as well. Finally, we get J.K. Simmons…who doesn’t love J.K. Simmons? It’s just too bad that we didn’t get to see a little bit more of him. Another thing that I liked was the visuals. Terminator is the type of movie that needs to have top notch visuals and special effects, and that’s exactly what it has. As far that the story goes, if it’s meant to be a reboot, then they did a good job making it in a way that the story is new but still has connections to the originals. If it’s not meant to be a reboot then it’s still a good story but they took a big chance on losing a lot of dedicated fans. Now I’d like to touch on the negatives a bit. To start, I’ll say that if you’re the type of person that can’t see this as a standalone movie, I don’t think that you’re going to like it much. Everything that you’ve known since the 1984 Terminator, is now different. Beloved characters and the reasons that you’re attached to them, are now different. I can absolutely understand why people would be upset at this. Another flaw is that there are so many changes that it starts to get confusing at points. I remember watching it and trying to figure out what time frame the characters were in, and why certain things were happening. Also, sometimes the comedy was a little too cheesy for my taste. With all that being said, it wasn’t enough to make me dislike the movie. As far as the Picture Quality of the Bluray goes, the movie looks amazing. The crisp cinematography went great alongside the fantastic special effects that were used. This is how I would hope a time traveling movie featuring robots would look. Not only did it look great on Bluray but it looked pretty good in 3D as well. The Audio Quality was also done really well. From the fight scenes to the big explosions, it was top notch. You also get a nice selection of Special Features in this set as well. You get to see some of the casting process, as well as the some behind the scenes of the visual effects. This is the type of movie that you’d want to have special features included, so I’m glad we got some. Overall, I had a lot of fun with this movie. Aside from the fact that it changes a lot of the story, and occasionally gets a little confusing, this is the perfect popcorn flick. It’s well cast, well acted, full of crazy action scenes, and beautiful visuals. I would definitely recommend this movie, and suggest that people keep an open mind before checking it out.
“Both the 2D and 3D combo packs also offer nearly an hour of bonus content, featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and filmmakers, including the director of the first two films, James Cameron. Plus, an in-depth look at the stunning visual effects and jaw-dropping action sequences, the recreation of iconic scenes from the original film, and more:
Family Dynamics – Casting Terminator Genisys and how the actors filled some of the most iconic roles in cinematic history.
Infiltration and Termination – Go behind-the-scenes to San Francisco and New Orleans in a first-hand look at filming locations
Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys – Delve into the revolutionary visual effects behind the movie’s incredible action sequences.”
7.5 Out Of 10 Stars