[I have intentionally misspell the movie title throughout the blog post]
reasons I cannot really explain, I like all the terminator movies. I
like the first one, and of course, the second one. Then the third one
too, the two more they made after that. Today, I want to talk about the
latest one, Terminator Genisys. (I might be spelling the title of the movie wrong but its definitely not my fault. I blame the movie folks for that).
like the Genisys movie because, the movie keeps me engaged. Not because
how well thought out it is. Rather, I love the movie because no matter
how many times I watch it, I always find something about the movie that
simply does not make sense. In fact, Batman and Robin makes more sense
than Genisys and that I believe is the reason why I love this movie so
much. It's just, hilarious at every possible level. In this post, I am
going to go through the many things that are outright funny in this
movie and perhaps, others will find similar joy from this movie.
I grew up watching the many, many movies of Arnold, and it's
always fun to watch him. Rather than being an action hero, I think
Arnold is best when he is being funny (intentionally or otherwise) and
how he is convinced (at least his character is) that everything is super
instance, in this movie, he is old. I have nothing against being old.
We all get old (if we are lucky) and die. The thing is, for some reason,
the movie insists on building his character as that of a 'Dad'. He's an
odd kind of dad because he really wants her daughter 'Sarah Connor'
to mate with her chosen guy, Kyle Reese. The movie is littered with
scenes where Arnold has become like this Step Dad. He keeps constantly
reminding her that, yes, by god yes, she has to mate with this Kyle
one hand the movie is clearly setting him up as her dad. Yet, can you
imagine a dad, even a step dad, who is egging her daughter to have sex
with dude who just time traveled? It's just bizarre and funny. As always, with Arnold's Austrian accent and his deadpan delivery, all this becomes even more funny.
thing that is funny to me is how the dreaded PG 13 rating is ruining
all the movies in the series. If one were to go back in time (waa!) and
watch the first terminator, it is straight
up rated R. There is the typical 80s sex scene with boobs and
everything. People and objects are not strategically placed to hide the
leads nudity. Then there is lot of blood. At one point, the terminator
even removes his eyes!! Lots of blood is filled and there are harsh
language used throughout.
entire movie seems to do things straight. It's made very clear that the
terminator is flesh over metal skeleton. Which means, muscle and blood.
The terminator gets shot, hurt and it is reckless. Flesh is still flesh
and blood will flow. It's natural. The same thing with the romantic
scene. For some reason though, the terminator movies have continued to
dumb down the gore. I don’t miss the nudity (I can happily get it
elsewhere) but the gore is something that is so jarring. When the
terminator is smashed, we immediately see the metal below. It's like
there is no flesh. It's like the skin is painted on (like paint on a
car) and the 'skin' gets scratched off!
that is what pulls me out of the belief suspension. Based on the
premise of the movie, I agree that time travel is real and robots are
sent out to kill. However, the same premise has told me that there is
flesh below that exterior. In fact, this movie goes that extra step,
declaring that the tissue ages (a lame attempt at explaining the old Arnold) and hence blood must be involved. However,
when the terminator gets hurt, there is no blood at all. Frankly, this
is one of the things that make me cringe and immediately turn the movie
into a comedy.
Then, there is Sarah Connor and the actress portraying her. I have not watched Game of Thrones, but I have started reading the novels. The internet tells me that she is a fine actress, this Emilia Clarke. Yet, in this movie, she is like a teenager. Acting like a teenager. I don't
know who to blame. The writers, The directors. The actress herself. Any
scene between her and Arnold is comedy gold. It's impossible not to
laugh and if the movie was released with a laugh track, it would be that
of things that always pulls me out of the movie is the way she refuses
help from her pal, the dude from the future. When her character is
introduced, we see her firing a sniper rifle. We see her in leather
clothing. We see her daringly rescue Kyle Reese, drive a van and all
that. So, as a viewer, I am convinced that she is a woman who is quite
capable of taking care of herself.
it seems like, she goes out of her way to stamp her 'I am a woman but I
am not weak' thing. Why does she do that? Is all that jacket wearing
and sniping just posturing? When Kyle Reese offers her to help, she rebuffs
him. For some reason, despite being raised by a robot from the future,
she wants to 'show' that she is tough. From where I am looking, Kyle
Reese is the kind of guy who will offer help to anybody around him. He
is not helping her because she is female. He is helper her because he
looks at her as another soldier and he is offering assistance.
course, as the movie progresses, this independent becomes completely
independent on him, which is another jarring character shift. Special amount of funniness happens when Kyle Reese and she time travel. They find themselves
in the middle of the road, and yes, she is all scared and surrounding
my Kyle Reese's arms for protection. What happened to all that
toughness? And then, only a few minutes later, he offers help and again
she is acting up with all the toughness. Why? Why are you doing this
If Arnold and Emilia are not funny enough, additionally funniness comes from Kyle Reese and the actor portraying him, Jai Courtney.
some reason Jai Courtney is like that guy who is not really leading man
material but he is not exactly a 'side role' man either. He's kind of
there and he will fit into almost any role. More importantly, he seems
to be the only one who is taking the entire movie seriously. He acts genuinely, to the best of his abilities, throughout the movie.
Now, coming to the character of Kyle Reese, from the very first shot, it's impossible to take the character seriously here. In fact, it is difficult to take any soldier
from the future, in this movie, seriously. Part of the problem is the
gore issue I talked earlier. The movie refuses to show any blood. That
means, every kill is clean. Death is never shown and explosions are just that, explosions
without any consequences. Kind of like every Marvel movie ever made.
People get upset, people fight with each other, but nobody ever dies or relationships remain as they are.
there is lack of scars on any of them. Except John Connor, all other
soldiers look just fine. They are healthy, fine and look pretty good.
Especially Kyle Reese, who looks like he just walked off the ramp. This
is why the Kyle Reese in the first terminator movie looked so good. He
look haggard and worn out. He really looked like he has spent his entire
life on the battlefield. Kyle Reese in Genesis does not look like that at all.
there is Kyle Reese with Sarah Connor. Sure, Sarah has been trained
from a young age to be tough and independent. That is all good but Kyle
Reese has spent the same years in a battle. He has done it all, seen it
all. He is hardcore. Yet, Sarah keeps refusing to take help and advice
from Kyle Reese. Oh man, no soldier
would like that. It has nothing to do with gender. It also nothing to
do with opportunities. Kyle Reese had no choice but to become a soldier of war. Every time she refuses his help, it makes her look that much dumb.
The Second Half of the movie
movie touches upon our constant need to be connected. That is an
interesting thread of thinking. Then, the movie does not do anything
with it. At one point, an executive announces something about 'killer
app'. Wow! That is just lazy writing for the movie right there. I
wished, they did something better than that.
there is the mess that is John Connor. This mess starts even before the
movie starts, and that is where the trailers come in. For some reason,
the terminator trailers are hell bent on spoiling key plot points of the
movie. This goes back to the previous movies too. Terminator 2 was
spoiled because a trailer showed that Arnold was the good robot (the
movie tries really hard to hide that in the beginning). Terminator 3 had
none of that twist so the trailers did not spoint (or could not spoil). Then,
Terminator Salvation spoiled stuff by showing that Worthington's
character was a robot. Once again, the movie really tries to hide that.
Then, now, in Genesis
trailers happily showed that John Connor was a robot. If you look in
the movie, this is supposed to be a twist. Then, they spoiled it. And
also at the end, Arnold's robot becomes like that metal robot from
Terminator 2. I mean, that is like turning Arnold's robot into a
Superman. How can they possibly write a sequel when the terminator is
now all powerful. In fact, being limited and an older model is what made
the T 800 model so good. He could be heart. He could be damaged and he
was constantly outdated by the other terminators. Somehow, he would win,
despite all these limitations.
Arnold has become so powerful, it becomes so much difficult for the
writers to come up with a sequel. In fact, the writers hoping for a
is a joke. They have dug themselves so deeper and erased so much of
continuity, how can they possibly recover from it? Then, there is the
fact that Arnold is getting older and it would be difficult for him to
reprise his role. Unless, they will do a reboot but I find that hard to
understand. Arnold is the terminator and no one else can do justice to
that role. The terminator is not like James Bond. Recast but still be
There are some movies that are called 'guilty pleasures' or 'b movies' or so bad it's
good. For instance, the Evil Dead 3 which was written fully in mind to
be a good 'guilty pleasure movie'. The directors are completely aware
that that is what they are targeting. That is one kind of fun. It’s like
back in my college when I would intentionally flunk my tests, just to
see how my faculties would react.
there are these movies that are aiming for something serious, but end
up being 'guilty pleasures'. Terminator Genisys falls into that trap
(and they have successfully managed to make me forget the real spelling
of Genesis) and that is why it's comedy gold. I watch it whenever I have a couple of hours to kill and really want to keep myself entertained in a goofy way.