Terminator Genisys DVD Review

DVD Review by Jarred Tito and Jon E Clist

The Premise
When John Connor (Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future.

Jarred’s Review
It was great to see Arnold back in the role of what I have always held as his defining role, The Terminator! I remember as a youngster being enthralled with the 1984 science fiction classic which I had never seen the likes of with unforgettable scenes of Arnie landing in a ball of lightening butt naked and brutal in a car park and then smashing three smart mouth hoods into the next world before taking their clothes.

This new movie has a little touch of that classic 1984 Terminator Arnold about it which is timeless. No pun intended but this film is also heavily dressed in time travel so you have to keep up with the dates or you'll risk being left out to dry.

Plenty of action, plenty of Arnold, in various states, and plenty of classic Arnold one liners which for me was great. I'm happy to have a laugh now and then in a big budget action.

Jon’s Review
Well he said he would be back and sure enough he has arrived. Arnie is back in the building and kicking some ass along the way. This is his franchise and even though he didn't appear in the previous film in person the film makers still managed to have him there thanks to the help of CGI effects and blurry side shots. In fact this is the first time in 12 years that Arnie has played his iconic role of The Terminator. Schwarzenegger was replaced by a digital computer graphics version for the previous film Terminator Salvation. It is interesting to note that twelve years is also the same amount of time between his appearances in Terminator 2 and Terminator 3. Having seen Terminator 3, he probably should have waited longer.

Yet here is back and in a brilliant way. In fact Schwarzenegger worked out for six months, about three hours a day, before shooting started, by which time he had the exact same body weight and muscle measurements as he had 12 years previously while shooting Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. That’s commitment and it certainly shows. Of course I know that most people will be thinking, he is old so how do you explain an aging robot? The film makers have done this very well and although other reviewers and media have spent quite a bit of time chatting about the how and stuff, I would rather let you discover it for yourself in the movie. It is however another clever element to the plot that makes Terminator Genisys a good watch.

The plot works overall and for those Sci-Fi buffs who love to analyse the theory behind time travel I am sure there will be some holes in the potential science. However, as a story it works well.

Add to the great casting the Dragon Mother and you have some good character components. Emilia Clarke is awesome as the new Sarah Conner and it is funny to realise that her Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headley also played Sarah Conner in the TV series. Here she is brilliant in a soft and yet tough-as-nails kind of dichotomy. 

Then there’s Jason Clarke as John Connor. Clarke is the fifth actor to play John Connor in as many films featuring the character. Each time, Each actor has brought something different to the role and not always in a good way. Clarke however is a good Connor and has a great presence onscreen plus he is not a face that is deeply connected with other roles or franchises and hence makes it easier for us, the audience, to believe he is Connor rather than feeling as though Batman is pretending to be Connor.

Jon’s Verdict
As a huge fan of the first two films in this franchise, I do feel that plenty has been done here to pay homage to those while bringing something new to collection. Highly entertaining with heaps of action and a pretty good storyline overall… Boom! Plus Keep an eye out for the ongoing joke of Arnie trying to smile.

Jarred’s Verdict
Well He said he'd be back, and he is in this very combined mix of all of the Terminator movies. I have to say I loved it. But then I am definitely bias.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 21st October 2015
Rating: M – Contains violence and offensive language
Duration: 126 minutes 
Genre:  Action
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney
Director: Alan Taylor (Thor The Dark World)

The Extras
Paramount has greenlit 2 sequels to this film before it even opens, because regardless of how well or poor it does at the Box Office, all film rights to the Terminator franchise are set to revert back to James Cameron in the year 2019.

The first installment of a new trilogy of "Terminator" films.

Tom Hardy was the first choice for John Connor.

The body of young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie (also seen in the film's first trailer) is provided by actor and body-builder Brett Azar. Azar won the role following an open casting call looking for a person who can match the closest to Schwarzenegger's physique in the first film. Azar never thought of the idea of being in this film until he was persuaded by his manager Mike Lyons to audition. According to Azar, aside from being judged having the closest physique (the first round of auditions involves body and muscle measurement), it was his audition video of him reenacting the Terminator's arrival at the Griffith Observatory and his perfect lip-syncing of Schwarzenegger's line, "Your clothes, give them to me. Now." at the three punks resulted in him winning the role. His face was replaced with Schwarzenegger in post-production. Schwarzenegger was Azar's body-building idol and Arnold gifted him cigars and several body-building magazines after the first day of shooting.

Costume designer Susan Matheson encountered trouble looking for brand new Nike Vandal shoes that Kyle Reese wears in the 1984 sequence. Her search online and other various avenues mostly had second-hand and worn Vandals for sale. For months, she approached Nike with the request of manufacturing that specific model of shoes but Nike wanted her to design an ID with an Air-Force base. Matheson refused because being a person with knowledge of sneakers, she does not want to feel guilty of cheating the audience especially eagle-eye fans of the first film who can spot the difference between those two bases. It was only after intervention by Paramount that Nike agreed to shutdown production and manufactured 25 pairs of Vandals solely for this film, in what is called as Matheson's greatest personal moment in this film.

This is the first film in the series to not feature animatronic Terminators created by special effects artist (and dear friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger) Stan Winston, due to his death in 2008. Instead the animatronics were created by effects studio Legacy Effects, a company formed out of Winston's former workshop staff.

The line 'Come with me if you want to live' said by Sarah Connor in the trailer marks the fifth consecutive time this line or a close variation has been used in the Terminator film franchise. Kyle Reese says it in the first, the reprogrammed T-800 in the second, John Connor says "Do you wanna live? Come on!" in the third, and Kyle Reese says it again in the fourth installment.

Jason Clarke is the fifth actor to play John Connor in as many films featuring the character. This has lead to people referring to him as the "Rusty Griswold" of the Terminator series as 5 different actors have portrayed that role in as many films.

This is Paramount studios first film in The Terminator franchise. James Cameron had first approached them to do The Terminator (1984) and they were very interested. However the only stipulation was that James Cameron does not direct the film. Since this was Cameron's pet project at the time and wanted to direct the film he turned down their offer.