If you are a fan of the Terminator film series, then you know that the lead up to the theatrical break of Terminator Genisys this summer was met with finger’s crossed and high hopes. Would this entry be a franchise killer?
WHEW … that was the big sigh of relief that director Alan Taylor delivered the goods with this re-boot of the series — much like Star Trek — with a new timeline for the narrative. The humor is great — especially with the running homage jokes related to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character — and the “work-arounds” to connect the “remembered” past (what we know of the series) with the new timeline are well-constructed and very clever.
The only gripe, and it is a small one, is that Emilia Clarke is not the same Sarah Connor that Linda Hamilton was. She’s a good four-inches shorter and doesn’t command the screen as Hamilton did, but you can understand Taylor working with her as they have that Game of Thrones connection — he directed and she was Daenerys Targaryen in six episodes together.
Everything else works, with the age issue of Schwarzenegger cleverly handled (aging human flesh covering his metal internal skeleton) and the performances of Jai Courtney (Divergent, Insurgent, A Good Day to Die Hard, etc.) as Kyle Reese spot-on and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, White House Down) properly sinister as the anti-John Connor.
Paramount Home Media Distribution announced this past week that Terminator Genisys will be available as a stand-alone DVD and two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (one with and one without a 3D viewing option) product offerings on Nov. 10.
The ARR is 130 days and domestic ticket sales stand at $89.4 million.
As to bonus goodies, these are limited to the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs and consist of three production featurettes — “Family Dynamics,” “Infiltration and Termination” and “Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys.”