Schwarzenegger returns in iconic role to collective "meh"
The year was 1984. A human-looking, indestructible cyborg is sent back in time from 2029 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.
The movie was “The Terminator” and its low-budget prevent-the-apocalypse science fiction theme with no big names and a director fresh off “Piranha Part Two: The Spawning” didn’t seem like it was destined to be much of anything.
Instead, it launched the careers of Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron and created a veritable franchise of sequels. Which probably should have stopped with “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
But with Hollywood never content to leave well enough alone, “Terminator Genisys” rolls into theaters this week, with Arnie back in the robotic role of his career (and Cameron nowhere in sight).
The plot? Well, see below. The big twist? Watch the trailers (which give everything away). The action? CGI mayhem at its chaotic best. In fact, about the only thing missing is Marty McFly and Doc Brown. With guns.
In the latest Terminator installment 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.
Director: Alan Taylor
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney