Joel's 100 Films in 2015: Terminator Genisys

22. Terminator Genisys Watched 7/11/2015

Leaps of logic and leaps by robots. You take the good with the bad.

I love the first Terminator film (and it's sequel, T2: Judgement Day) in a completely blind way. I adore the movies, hold them in high esteem both for their entertainment value and the influence they've had on their industry and artform. The latter two Terminator sequels, (T3 and Terminator: Salvation) were both enjoyable enough when I watched them but neither one compelled me to the theatre or sat as well as the first two in my head or heart.

This one does. It's big and dumb in broad swaths, but it's also clever about mixing up some of the best parts of the series so far in new and interesting ways while setting the stage for a whole new series of cinematic adventures in this universe we all love. In some ways it did all of that better than JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot, in other ways, it clumsily missed the mark.

Overall, a worthy successor and an exciting new sci-fi franchise to follow.

4 stars.