Terminator Genisys (2015 PG-13), directed by Alan Taylor, has what you would expect: Unstoppable robot assassins who look like people, time travel confusion, lots of fights and explosions and car crashes. If you’ve never seen a Terminator movie, you will still be able to understand and enjoy. If you’ve seen all the movies, and the TV series, you will love the dialogue that draws from Terminator history.
For me, too many actors reminded me of their other roles. Here is where you may remember them from (from left):
Byung-hun Lee is the first assassin we meet in Terminator Genisys. You may know him from G. I. Joe.
Jason Clarke is lead resistance fighter John Connor. To me he is the sad-sack guy from The Great Gatsby.
This is the first time I’ve seen Emilia Clarke, and I was impressed with her combined youthfulness and strength. But she is well known for Game of Thrones.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course, is the reason for Terminator movies. Watch how he ages, watch how he fights himself, watch how he cares for young Sarah Connor.
Jai Courtney is sent to save Sarah Conner. Although he is good in this role, I couldn’t shake the memory of him as the nasty rotten guy in Divergent.
Two other minor characters are too well known for other roles to become their Terminator character.
Matt Smith is Dr. Who. And only Dr. Who. Not some resistance fighter in the future.
J. K. Simmons is the guy who won the Academy Award for that movie no one saw. His acceptance speech was memorable, however.
WHIPLASH – 2014 FILM STILL – (L-R): Miles Teller AND JK Simmons – Photo Credit: Daniel McFadden/Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Have fun watching this movie!