The Movie: 6/10
Action and adventure and a world where robots rule the humans, sounds good to me. I have always had a dark side and Terminator digs right down to it and brings it into the light of day. I enjoyed this telling of, yet another, version of how things are going and going and going in the world of Sarah and John Connor. I say going and going and going because we are dealing with some time travel in this universe of robots and terminators, so things might just be repeated and repeated and repeated, but let’s not pick the time travel apart….wait, oh do let us. OK, the time travel element of Genisys is my least favorite part and time travel is one of my favorite things! This makes it hard to find a happy place of liking this story for what it is, which I do, and being super annoyed by it, which I am. The more I think about it the more annoyed I get by it all. I understand that we are in a fantasy fictional place here so the bubble of belief needs to just stay in tact regardless of the big sharp liquid metal blade sitting soooo very close to popping it, but I can’t help it, the blade wins. We are taken back and forward and then back again to a time when the past is influenced by the future that never-was, or was because something in the past changed, when we went there with our characters, or someone did,or something…see, it doesn’t really flow.
I will say this, I like the adventure of it, the action, the tone, the “vibe” of a world where we are almost eternally battling our own technology. The performances are sometimes a bit too theatrical for me, and it’s very old-fashioned in its snippy remarks amidst an apocalyptic world, but hey, that’s what Hollywood loves to do, so I can let that go too.
Overall I did enjoy it, in spite of my brain trying to make me over think the whole thing. Any time I can imagine humans fighting for survival against ourselves and our cleverness or idiocy, I’m interested. I am currently discussing it with Mr. Ascully and his quote is, “It’s kind of dumb but you can’t poke at it that much.” And that sums it up beautifully.
- Family Dynamics: Casting The Film’s Iconic Characters (15 Minutes) – Cast and crew talk about the characters we have grown to love over the years. Special Emphasis on how the cast is mostly international.
- Infiltration & Termination: Shooting On Location (25 Minutes) – An in-depth look at the filming of the movie which was mostly shot in San Andreas and New Orleans. Some great explanations of how they built the future version of America here.
- Upgrades: VFX Of Terminator Genisys (15 Minutes) – As the title says this one takes a look at the CGI in the movie, most impressive to me is the young-looking CGI version of Arnold in the movie.
- 3D Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray, DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 6/10
I like the cover, but I don’t like the movie enough to have it as a poster. Maybe the image just below this sentence though, that’s pretty cool.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Terminator Genisys looks stunning on Blu-Ray in 1080P AVC encoded HD. First the negatives, the film tends to jump from light to dark scenes at a brisk pace which makes some darker scenes look washed out and banding appears if you look close. You really have to look close though so with the negatives out-of-the-way here come the positives. Terminator Genisys is a stunning looking transfer that goes up against Jurassic World and Age Of Ultron as the king of this years summer blockbusters on Blu-Ray. The world created here is detailed and the CGI is impeccable all this comes across perfectly on home viewing.
Genisys uses Dolby Atmos which is fast becoming the norm on Blu-Ray releases, this means with the right equipment you will not only have sounds coming from all around you but from above as well. If you lack the Atmos equipment the track defaults to a 7.1 True HD track that is equally impressive. Right from the opening credits you know this is going to be a treat with the trademark Terminator du du du du dum coming from the LFE channel. Gunfire which the film has a lot of is crisp, clear, detailed and best of all LOUD. This is an awesome way to experience the new Terminator in your living room.
Overall Score 6/10