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Terminator Genisys: Wizards of Oz & Exiles in Time

Terminator Genisys, like its namesake (Book of Genesis), takes us back to the very beginning of The Terminator franchise. Though not as original or awe-inspiring as the first two movies, Genisys rekindles some of the adventure and fun time-travel benders of the franchise. Re-created scenes from the first 1984 movie are spliced seamlessly with new vignettes, featuring an older – and funnier – Ahhnold Schwarzenegger, duking it out with his younger self. In fact, Genisys references scenes from the first two movies so closely that it’s worth your while to watch the three back to back to get the full value of the film (but feel free to skip Terminators 3 & 4!)

John Connor and Kyle Reese fight Skynet in 2029. Image Source: IMDb.com. Copyright: Paramount Pictures.

John Connor and Kyle Reese fight Skynet in 2029. Image Source: IMDb.com. Copyright: Paramount Pictures.

Unlike the prior four movies, Genesys gives us a glimpse of the “real” John Connor. Not the boy of Judgment Day, the adolescent of Rise of the Machines, or the forgettable “I don’t want to be a hero” of Salvation – but the one who started it all. The hero behind humanity’s fight and the idol of Kyle Reese. When we finally see John Connor, however, he is not the man we think he is. (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!) (more…)

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