Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jason watches TERMINATOR GENISYS

A.k.a. TERMINATOR: BAT SHIT INSANITY

Okay, the first TERMINATOR was a B-movie that was much, much better than it had any right to be. The second one was a big-budget sequel to a B-movie that was also much, much better than it should've been. Then there was TERMINATOR: MILK THE FRANCHISE, and TERMINATOR: MILK THE FRANCHISE IN THE FUTURE, and of course TERMINATOR: MILK THE FRANCHISE THE TV SERIES (which I actually like a lot, but mostly because I'm a Summer Glau fan.)

But with this one, they're not milking the franchise, they're blowing it up. And for some reason I freakin' love it. I don't want to get into spoilers, but it seems like the writers were sitting around saying "how can we make a Terminator movie that completely defies your expectations at every turn?" One big twist is revealed in the trailers, but there's a bigger one later on. And perhaps the biggest non-spoiler twist is that Schwarzenegger is actually the best actor in this movie. Yup, this doesn't succeed on great acting, or great writing, or even great special effects (they're good, about up to standard for modern CGI effect, which means that there is no weight to the objects. This is more of a general gripe about the state of most modern effects rather than a point against this movie in particular.) Nope, this movie succeeds (and it does succeed) on sheer audacity and bat-shit insanity. And I loved it.

Running Time: 126 minutes
My Total Minutes: 402,791
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