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Terminator Genisys

Summary: Terminator Genisys sees John Connor (Jason Clarke) about to defeat Skynet and its machines so to ensure the victory he sends his dedicated right-hand man Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from a potential attack.

However this is where everything changes from the original Terminator storyline. Yes when Kyle arrives back in 1984 to protect Sarah the T-1000 (Byung-hun Lee) is waiting for him but many other things are a miss. Sarah Connor is not the innocent waitress he is expecting – instead she is ready for the Armageddon that is about to happen and already has a protector, a Terminator named Pops (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who has been looking after her since she was nine years old.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd July, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Alan Taylor

Screenwriter: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier, James Cameron (characters), Gale Ann Hurd (characters)

Cast: Brett Azar (Guardian – young/T-800), Wayne Bastrup (Young O’Brien), Patrick Constantine Bertagnolli Jnr. (Officer Cazzuto), Kerry Cahill (Lt. Whitley), Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor), Jason Clarke (John Connor),  Kyle Russell Clements (Commander Pike Sumner), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), Ian Etheridge (Skynet – 10 yrs old), Matty Ferraro (Agent Janssen), Griff Furst (Agent Burke), Michael Gladis (Mt. Matias), Douglas M. Griffin (Garber), Nolan Gross (Skynet – 12/14 yrs old), Sandrine Holt (Detective Cheung), Johnny La (Harry Lu), Byung-hun Lee (Cop/T-1000), Seth Merriwether (Skynet – 18 yrs old), Dayo Okeniyi (Danny Dyson),  Afemo Omilami (Perry), Bryant Prince (Young Kyle), Otto Sanchez (Detective Timmons), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Guardian) J.K. Simmons (O’Brien), Douglas Smith (Young John Connor), Matt Smith (Alex), Nathan O’Neil Smith (Officer Schanker), Willa Taylor (Young Sarah), Courtney B. Vance (Miles Dyson), Joseph Velez (Special Agent Romero), Gregory Alan Williams (Detective Harding), Teri Wybble (Mariam)

Runtime: 126 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR TERMINATOR GENISYS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

After hearing critics and fanboys alike talking about Terminator Genisys after the screening I attended I have ended up believing that you will never ever make a fanboy happy. Over the years I have heard people complain that the latest film in the franchise ‘never does enough to tap into the earlier films in the series.’ Well that certainly isn’t the case for Terminator Genisys, here director Alan Taylor (most noted for being the man at the helm of Thor: The Dark World) takes the film right back to the happenings of Terminator and T2 and then simply doesn’t a little (okay a major) reset. So here was I thinking the fanboys would be in the same rapture I was, that was cool? Right? Wrong!!!

It seems the major problem that most fanboys are having with Terminator Genisys is that a certain character (if you’ve seen the trailer you’ll know who I am talking about) makes a massive switch of sides, through no fault of his own I should point out. Well I’m sorry but a character’s destiny isn’t exactly something that a fan of a series gets a say about. If they did then Dumbledore probably wouldn’t have died in Harry Potter and Jar Jar may have been killed off painfully in Star Wars. No what happens to characters in any franchise lies solely with the creative team behind it, so we have no right to complain. Keeping that in mind both Arnie and the man himself James Cameron gave the script for Terminator Genisys a huge thumbs up so let’s just relax and judge this film on what ended up on the big screen and not what we wanted it to be in our daydreams.

For a start the storyline of Terminator Genisys ain’t that bad. Just as I was getting déjà vu from Taylor’s re-created Terminator scenes I was suddenly jolted into a realization that while he hadn’t exactly rebooted the franchise he had delivered a pretty decent mind-wreck that had me suddenly more interested than anything in Terminator Salvation or Rise Of The Machines had. And that interest remained for the rest of the film as Taylor constantly put his characters at risk and messed with timelines. Once you have realised that the screenwriters here were only too happy to mess with existing timelines you suddenly also realise that the suspense level was raised to extreme… after all what stops them from bumping off someone major to the franchise as well?

At times the CGI in Terminator Genisys makes you suspend belief a little too much, but that is more than compensated by the fact that the screenplay gives this film a little bit heart as well. While I’m not 100% sure I enjoyed the so-called humor put into the film, Arnie pushing the point ‘old doesn’t mean obsolete’, I did enjoy the fact that suddenly questions were raised over whether or not a robot like ‘Pops’ could develop human feelings after a while. We’re kidding ourselves if we didn’t believe that Pops was seeing Sarah at his daughter for most of the film.

When it comes the cast things were a little up and down. Firstly Arnie does absolutely nothing wrong and I can only hope that when I’m nearly seventy years old that I am still wanting to jump off helicopters and get into physically demanding fights with stuntmen. Terminator Genisys shows that bar Sylvester Stallone Arnie is one of the fittest near-pensioners going around. He is also well supported by Emilia Clarke who shows that she has more than just looking pretty in Game Of Thrones in her arsenal. Here in Terminator Genisys she steps into the role of Sarah Connor with complete ease showing that she has the skills to be both a dramatic actress and an action star when she wants to be.

But there are some problems with the casting of Terminator Genisys as well. Jason Clarke is passable as John Connor, although fans of the series beware he does take some getting used to. The same can’t be said for Jai Courtney though. With all credit to Courtney we have seen in films like Jack Reacher and Divergent that this is a guy that can act and be the action hero, but here something is badly amiss. He just simply doesn’t fit into the role of Kyle Reese at all and at times his acting seems well below the par set by Emilia Clarke and yes even Arnie. If he wants to retain his role in any further Terminator films you get the feeling that Courtney is really going to have to try and step up a little.

At the end of the day Terminator Genisys is an entertaining and very different Terminator film that grew on me more and more the longer it went. Given it is nowhere near as good as Terminator or T2, but then did any of us expect it would get close to their perfection, but is a lot better than the very bland Rise Of The Machines. Yes, some people may not like the changes to the timeline but hey this could have been a lot worse and to give Terminator Genisys credit I never once grew bored of it all and that isn’t something I can say about some of the action films that have been around recently. Terminator Genisys is a pretty decent effort that I can’t wait to explore again.

 

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Adam Ross:

You can hear Adam’s full Terminator Genisys review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #136

 

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Greg King:

You can read Greg’s full Terminator Genisys review on www.filmreviews.net.au

 

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Nick Gardener:

You can hear Nick’s full Terminator Genisys review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #136

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Terminator Genisys (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Terminator Genisys reviews: You can also read our Terminator Genisys review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt. You can also hear our Terminator Genisys review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #136.

Trailer:

Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters

Summary: In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Thor Freudenthal

Screenwriter: Marc Guggenheim, Rick Riordan (novel)

Cast: Jake Abel (Luke), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Orcale (voice)),Sean Ban (Zeus), Mary Birdsong (Grey Sister #1), Samuel Braun (Young Luke), Yvette Nicole Brown (Grey Sister #2), Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth), Grey Damon (Chris Rodriguez), Connor Dunn (Tereus), Nathan Fillion (Hermes), Anthony Head (Cheron), Brandon T. Jackson (Grover), Robert Knepper (Kronos), Paloma Kwiatkowski (Thalia), Danny Le Boyer (Ethan Nakamura), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Katelyn Mager (Young Thalia), Robert Maillet (Polyphemus/Laistrygonian), Alisha Newton (Young Annabeth), Ron Perlman (Polyphemus (voice)), Missi Pyle (Grey Sister #3), Leven Rambin (Clarisse), Christopher Redman (Reardon), Craig Robinson (George (voice)), Douglas Smith (Tyson), Octavia Spencer (Martha (voice)), Stanley Tucci (Mr. D), Jordan Weller (Ichneutae), Bjorn Yearwood (Young Grover), Richard Yearwood (Ganymede)

Runtime: 106 mins

Classification:PG

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Nick Gardener: Stars(2)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50 for our more in-depth review of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’.

Trailer:

Antiviral

Summary: Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) works for The Lucas Clinic — a company that reaps a tidy profit by infecting willing clients with viruses taken from their favorite celebrities. Earning a little extra cash on the side by using his own body to smuggle out popular microbes, Syd finds himself in mortal danger after he infects himself with a pathogen taken from Hannah Geist — a gorgeous superstar who later dies as a result of her illness. Now, it’s only a matter of time before Syd succumbs to a similarly gruesome fate. When Syd’s shady clients and a rival company discover he’s carrying a bug that could revolutionize the industry, he becomes the target of them as well as rogue biological collectors.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 25th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Canada

Director: Brandon Cronenberg

Screenwriter: Brandon Cronenberg

Cast: Nenna Abuwa (Aria Noble), Salvatore Antonio (Topp), Elitsa Bako (Vera), Kate Bergin (Candyce), James Cade (Levin), Nicholas Campbell (Dorian), Mark Caven (Luc), Lara Jean Chorostecki (Michelle), Wendy Crewson (Mira Tesser), Sarah Gaden (Hannah Geist), Dawn Greenhalgh (Jane), Caleb Landry Jones (Sy March), Sheila McCarthy (Dev Harvey), Malcolm McDowell (Dr. Abendroth), Reid Morgan (Derek Lessing), Ian O’Brien (Tex), Joe Pingue (Arvid), Douglas Smith (Edward Porris), Mark Watts (Mercer)

Runtime: 108 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Antiviral’ Review: Please check Episode #29 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for our review of ‘Antiviral’.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Antiviral′: Nil.

Rating: N/A

IMDB Rating: Antiviral (2012) on IMDb