One Big Reason ‘Terminator Genisys’ Deserves A Second Chance

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‘One Big Reason’ is a bi-weekly series where I take a look at some of the blockbuster films we love to hate and find one redeeming quality that makes it worth another watch.  

Terminator Genisys is the latest Terminator film to get the big screen treatment. While it’s now the franchises fifth installment, Terminator Genisys performed poorly at the domestic box office. Though it did much better oversees, it’s tough to say if the film warrants another sequel anytime soon. If recent news on this are any indication, it looks like the Terminator franchise will likely go on a leave of absence.

That being said, this doesn’t mean that Terminator Genisys was an awful film. It was certainly an improvement over the lack-luster sequel titled Terminator Salvation. Remember the poorly constructed CGI for Arnold Schwarzenegger? Unfortunately that is what most people will bring up when discussing that film.

Fans looking for an exciting sequel to the original Terminator franchise may be in for a surprise as Schwarzenegger shines yet again as a Terminator.

Schwarzenegger Provides His Usual Terminator Charisma


It’s Arnold Schwarzenegger, did you expect anything less? The man is a living legend and if there’s one thing he’s remembered most for, it’s becoming a Terminator. Excluding Terminator Salvation, Schwarzenegger has played the part four times while being both good and bad. He is clearly the bread and butter of this franchise and he clearly shows it in the latest chapter.

Schwarzenegger has quite a few memorable scenes in this movie including his tussle with his younger self. The scene is reminiscent of the opening scene in James Cameron’s The Terminator as he’s able to fight another Terminator version of “himself” in a one-on-one battle. Thankfully Schwarzenegger comes out on top, thus erasing everything that happened in the original film.  Even though it’s been over a decade since the last time he’s played this part, Schwarzenegger still gives it his all as a sworn protector for Sarah Connor.

Schwarzenegger Is Infamous For His Quotable Dialogue 


“I’ll be back,” “Come with me if you want to live,” and of course “Hasta la vista, baby,” are just some of the numerous quotes fans have spoken since the very beginning of James Cameron’s epic franchise. Not only have the films stood the test of time, but so have Schwarzenegger’s most quotable moments. And yes, Terminator Genisys has quite a few.

Although some lines of dialogue are often repeated, there are a few moments that bring some much needed charm in a very bleak film. For instance, when Sarah Connor overhears that “Pops” used to work for a construction company she asks him “You got a job in construction?” Pops responds with “Until I was laid off.”

Another line that’s actually said a couple of times by a few characters brings up the case that this new Terminator’s skin is rather old and battered. Schwarzenegger makes light of the fact that even though it appears that way he makes it known that he’s “Old, not obsolete.” He wants to make it known that though he may appear old in his physical form, that doesn’t mean he can’t put up a fight. This is perhaps the most memorable line from the film and deservedly so.

Schwarzenegger Gets A Much Needed Upgrade


The ending of this film is reminiscent of the final scene in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. With the final chip implanted in his head, the T-800 sacrifices his own life to hopefully destroy what’s left of Skynet.

In this incarnation, the “old but not obsolete” Terminator faces off against the T-3000. The T-800 manages to keep him inside of a magnetic field until Schwarzenegger is thrown into an experimental vat of mimetic polyalloy. Assumed dead, both Kyle and Sarah leave the facility as it erupts into a massive explosion. However, the very next scene shows that Schwarzenegger made it out of the wreckage and is now upgraded by fusing together with the liquid metal. Pops is now basically a hybrid of a T-800 and a T-1000. He’s back now better than ever as all three of them escape together.

Terminator Genisys Was Poorly Marketed And It Hurt It’s Box Office


Terminator Genisys was meant to reinvigorate the franchise while trying to introduce a whole new story. Though the time travel element seemed to be a smart idea, it confused fans to the point where the original story appeared to be overwritten. Not only that, but fans were also spoiled in the final trailer for this movie. I won’t give away the reveal here, but had fans gone into this film not knowing this twist, it may have been given a better reception.

Terminator Genisys is not a great film by any stretch, but I believe it’s a solid entry into this franchise. Unfortunately with the terrible reception and it’s box office numbers, it appears that this franchise will get yet another overhaul with or without Schwarzenegger. He’s already said he’d be willing to continue on with this franchise, but it all depends on what the writers believe is a good fit for their story. At the very least, we have to be quite thankful for James Cameron on creating one of the greatest science fiction franchises of all time.

What were your opinions on Terminator Genisys? Do you believe this film should be given a second chance? Sound off in the comment section below!

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