A reboot, a prequel, a sequel, nobody really knows how to categorize this movie. The Terminator franchise from the original, always used to mess with your head because it brought time travel in the mix. Terminator Genisys, is a lot more confusing than previous installments due to having a lot of time traveling involved and also a lot of timelines interchanging and altering the original.
Emilia Clarke is cast as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Connor and thankfully Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his role as the Terminator, although with a new mission. Emilia Clarke hits the nail on the head with her performance, choosing to portray her character somewhere in between the Sarah Connor of the original and the second Terminator movies and it makes sense that she is not exactly the same as Linda Hamilton in Judgement Day because the events occurred differently for her character. Jai Courtney, disappoints again with his performance in a major franchise, as he is bland more often than not. Nevertheless Schwarzenegger steals the show, he still remembers how to put on a good performance as the Terminator, and delivers his punch lines and comedy bits as he only knows how.
The plot is very good, especially for someone that has watched the movies that preceded it; it’s interesting to see how they answer to a few questions (by opening tons of plot holes but whatever) which have been asked since the beginning of the franchise. Moreover it was great to revisit some of the scenes in the original, although in an altered timeline. The worst aspect of the movie, has got to be the dialogue, it is so very cringey and in particular scenes (usually between Sarah and Kyle) you just want someone to press fast forward to skip them.
It is unfortunately a bit dialed down in comparison to the rest of the Terminator films, in order to qualify for that “precious” PG-13, however the difference doesn’t really hurt in any way, maybe the action sequences would be a bit more gory and exciting, but its fine as it is. Overall, Genisys is a solid action movie and a good addition to the franchise.