REVIEW: Terminator Genisys

Jai Courtney plays Kyle Rees. PA Photo/Paramount/Melinda Sue Gordon

Jai Courtney plays Kyle Rees. PA Photo/Paramount/Melinda Sue Gordon

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In Terminator Genisys, the misfiring reboot of James Cameron’s apocalyptic time-travelling saga, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg assassin repeatedly references his advancing years in a dystopian world of young pretenders.

‘I’m old, not obsolete,’ he deadpans in that distinctive Teutonic growl.

Alas, both the hulking Austrian action man and the blockbusting franchise are ready for the scrapheap.

Millions of dollars of special effects, some of them workmanlike, cannot disguise the fried circuitry of Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier’s script, which is hard-wired with the muddled concept of alternate universes to explain the tweaks to this reimagined origin story.

Released in 1984, The Terminator tapped into timely concerns about nuclear warfare to explore a bleak future in which machines have rebelled against mankind and rendered our species almost obsolete.

Terminator Genisys follows a similarly gloomy trajectory.

Terminator Genisys attempts to mimic Jurassic World by exploiting our nostalgia, but Alan Taylor’s picture has neither the jaw-dropping thrills nor the wry humour of the rampaging dinosaurs

In the aftermath of judgment day, the last vestiges of mankind face complete extinction at the hands of the automata.

Rebel leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) leads the charge in 2029 Los Angeles, flanked by best friend Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney).

Sarah, Kyle and the T-800 (Schwarzenegger) launch an assault on Cyberdyne Systems run by Miles Dyson (Courtney B Vance) and his son Danny (Dayo Okeniyi), who will unwittingly give birth to Skynet and bring about mankind’s downfall.

However, someone knows they are coming.

Terminator Genisys attempts to mimic Jurassic World by exploiting our nostalgia, but Alan Taylor’s picture has neither the jaw-dropping thrills nor the wry humour of the rampaging dinosaurs.

The multiple timelines eventually become a tangled, knotty mess and action sequences start to feel second-hand.

The end - including an additional scene secreted in the credits - can’t come soon enough.

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