TERMINATOR GENISYS (12A) Sci-Fi/Action. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke. Director: Alan Taylor.
In Terminator Genisys, the misfiring reboot of James Cameron’s apocalyptic time-travelling saga, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg assassin repeatedly references his advancing years.
“I’m old, not obsolete,” he deadpans in that distinctive Teutonic growl.
Alas, both the hulking Austrian action man and the blockbusting franchise are ready for the scrapheap.
Millions of dollars of special effects, some of them workmanlike, cannot disguise the fried circuitry of Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier’s script, which is hard-wired with the muddled concept of alternate universes to explain the tweaks to this reimagined origin story.
Released in 1984, The Terminator tapped into timely concerns about nuclear warfare to explore a bleak future in which machines have rebelled against mankind and rendered our species almost obsolete.
Terminator Genisys follows a similarly gloomy trajectory.
Unfortunately, we can’t work with Taylor’s reboot.
The end - including an additional scene secreted in the credits - can’t come soon enough.