Terminator Genisys

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons. Sci-Fi action-adventure. Directed by Alan Taylor.

FILM SYNOPSIS: John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Hey, he said heíd be back. And for the fifth time, he is. Itís still us against robots and evil, and evil robots, so thank goodness, if we no longer have John Wayne, weíve still got the ex-governor of California to battle our cybernetic oppressors.

Whatís new? Well, we have a new Sarah Connor, because face it ladies, Linda Hamilton got old. The guys can do that, but Hollywood, despite its superficial calls for equality, is still a place of business where capitalism reigns when it comes to studio profits, so donít look for the original starlets to show up in new takes on old movies. As misogynistic as that sounds, no one wants to see an old Sarah Connor. The fifth grade boys attending want to see what their female classmates are going to look like in a couple of years Ė not thirty. Same goes for their dads.

The new and buxom Sarah Connor is played by Emilia Clarke, who has the figure of a 20-year-old Olympian and the embryotic face of a Disney toon. As to her talentsÖweíll be generous and just sayÖÖ

There is a blend of original and familiar sci-fi narrative, and even some character arc, but mostly thereís action of every kind. Hey, itís summer; who needs drama, right? So, get the Schwarzenegger-sized popcorn bag, make a quick pit-stop and settle back for explosions, endless gun rat-a-tat-tats, and an overload of impressive CGI.

Now, for those tired of comic book action-itis, you may find that like the rest of the billion-buck blockbusters of this season, Terminator Genisys fails to completely satisfy. Lame humor, off-putting performances (by some), and a bombardment of CGI that substitutes for real special effects (story, character and performance), keep this from being a worthy successor to the Terminator franchise. Itís loud, itís jolting and itís long.

Of course, no matter how right I am, thatís just my opinion.

DVD Alternative: Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On one hand, itís inventive science fiction. And itís fun. Good sci-fi usually contains metaphor and symbolism, as well as armrest-grabbing thrills. All that is here, along with an abundance of CGI magic that amazes. On the other hand, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is pretty silly stuff. My prejudice stems from my dislike of monkeys or their kin. I always found Cheeta annoying, King Kong perverted (what, he canít get an ape chick?), and a planet ruled by baboons and gibbons too near Congressional reality. Full synopsis and reason for PG-13 rating HERE.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: I caught one use of the f-word and three or four uses of the s-word; and a couple of minor expletives.

Profanity: At least two profane uses of Godís name, plus one of Jesusí; in an apocalyptic thriller that ignores the possibility of a Creator, the sudden inclusion of Godís name or Jesusí seems out of place; it just goes to show you that irreverence to God through speech is now a part of the lexicon of todayís language and perhaps symbolic of our times.

Violence: In a Terminator movie! NahÖokay, itís rampant, though mostly bloodless, it is endless, with the robots seemingly impossible to neutralize with finality.

Sex: Just talked about

Nudity: Though the time machine can transport hair, bone and teeth, the device canít time warp clothing, so people strip to get from ion to ion, but the filmmaker puts shades and silhouettes the nudes.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 125 minutes
Intended Audience: 12 on up

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