Terminator Genisys' - Yes, he's back!
After starring as the titular cyborg in 1984’s “The Terminator,” Schwarzenegger went from being derided as a joke to becoming an international superstar. For 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” he was transmogrified from villainous assassin to a sympathetic character.
Schwarzenegger became distracted with a little side project, governing the state of California.
So, he was reduced to a virtual cameo in the fourth installment in the franchise, 2009’s “Terminator Salvation.” For some, having a “Terminator” film without Schwarzenegger in a substantive role was heresy. According to them, you could have a 007 flick without Sean Connery, but a Terminator film without Arnold—no way!
“Terminator Genisys.” On the cusp of turning 68, Schwarzenegger is back as a T-800 cyborg.
He returns to a franchise, which has been not merely rejiggered, but fundamentally changed.
“Terminator Genisys,” apparently starts a new stand alone trilogy with sequels projected for 2018 and 2019.
Humans are eagerly awaiting the advent of Genisys, a global computer operating system, which is due to come online. It promises to enable people to seamlessly integrate all of the machines they have into one handy dandy, coordinated entity.
However, Genisys is actually a giant Trojan horse, designed to subjugate the human race to the machines that they have created.
On Judgment Day, Skynet, a confederation of machines, materializes. A giant conflagration results in the death of over three billion people.
John Connor becomes the leader of the human resistance. He learns that Skynet will be attacking on two fronts, the past and the future. John organizes one unit to attack Skynet’s main defense grid. Meanwhile, he and Kyle Reese will try to ferret out Skynet’s time machine.
Kyle will be dispatched in time to the year 1984. He is tasked with protecting Sarah Connor, John’s mother. Skynet is planning to assassinate her before she can give birth to John. The film postulates that unless John is born, there will be no one to lead the human resistance movement.
This time around, Schwarzenegger is still a cyborg. His back story is that he has served as a guardian to Sarah Connor ever since she was a young orphan. He is committed to protecting her at all costs. She affectionately refers to him as, “Pops.
Schwarzenegger still kicks ass with considerable brio to spare. Indeed, he may be the best thing about the film.