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Re: Terminator Genisys (2015)
« on: August 28, 2016, 02:28:29 am »
Finally saw this.  So many thoughts, i was trying to figure out if I should show this to my mom, she likes comic book movies and she always liked the T-1000, so even if it's just those chapters, which basically make a little mini-movie, I might see what her reaction is.

The movie's big issue is the script, there's no real theme to it, like the first two (basically "how can you bring a child into the world when everything is so messed up?"), there's no clear villain/thread throughout the flick either, you know?  I actually really dug the T-3000 (the Jason Clarke character) and I suppose there's little you CAN do to distinguish him from the hunting Terminators from the past flicks, but... I have an issue with turning Conner into a villain, but I can't put my finger on exactly WHY.

The cast... the problem is that they're kind of all the same, they're all soldiers obsessing over the future, it's like if The Scooby Gang was all Fred.  There's very little nuance or difference to them to allow for sparks to go between any of them.  They just talk function, we have to do this, go here, mate, etc... they were even both taken at an early age and got this military survivalist lifestyle drilled into their heads.  What's the difference?  They do eventually crack some jokes, but it's way too late.

Compare that to the first Terminator, where it's a regular waitress and a PTSD soldier running from an unstoppable killer, or the punk kid with his crazy mom and the focused guardian, or the third one with the woman whose life is falling apart, the... crazy bum again, and the robot with his own agenda.  Different types make interesting things happen.

The one thing the two of them actually made me think of was Aladdin of all things, the whole thing where she has to marry a "prince" but doesn't want to and has this responsibility of running the kingdom that she doesn't want, and he's the scamp who's in love with her but she won't give him the time of day... except really really boring.  I just thought that was kind of interesting.

One thing I did like about the movie, though.  The action scenes.  Particularly the gags, you know?  There were some moments that were just genuinely clever.  The T-1000 coming out of the mirror felt like the kind of fake-out Cameron would do.  The dead T-800 turned into a puppet to drive the truck felt like a neat callback, the MRI machine peeling layers off of the T-3000, the T-1000 using a blob of himself to fix the dead T-800, the acid trap... that was really freaking clever, I thought.

BTW, on the DVD, there's a track where they describe the action on screen for blind people.  I HAVE to know how they describe some of that insane sh*t.  Another reason I wait until the disc release of movies.

And the whole timeline thing... I get that they're trying to reset sh*t, and honestly the way everyone was talking about it made it seem like we were going to jump from universe to universe or something... it wasn't overly complicated, but it was just-- you don't need it.  Before the movie I kept thinking of Jurassic World, where they mistake the style for the substance and go overboard on the park, and I thought this would fall into the same trap, and it kinda did, getting too complicated and getting away from the simple theme of motherhood that's always been the series' strength.
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