Released 07/01/2015 Rated: PG-13
I was worried that, like with Terminator Salvation, they gave away too much in the trailer. They did; however, the movie was better than I thought it would be. It’s not as gritty as the first one, or as awesome as the second; you have to give it some wiggle room, but it is actually a pretty decent movie.
There are some plot holes and unanswered questions, but I feel most of them will be rounded out in the next film if they go through with it. But it’s like the poster says: New mission, new fate. John sends Reese back in time to save his mother, only Sarah Connor doesn’t exactly need saving anymore. Everything has changed, including our main characters. If you’re going in expecting Linda Hamilton’s Connor and Michael Biehn’s Reese, you’re going to be disappointed. Those characters no longer exist because something has changed. By the way, this whole we’re-going-to-reset-everything trick Hollywood has been pulling lately is starting to get stale. What they need to do is stop trying to reboot franchises, and start betting their money on other things. Honestly, we don’t need any more Terminator‘s, Spider-man origin stories, Resident Evil‘s, Transformers, or Wolverine film installments.
When it was all over I wanted more of Matt Smith’s character and less John Connor. Due to more spoilers I can’t get into that, but I think it would have made for a more interesting movie. They totally could have done more with him. Emilia Clarke did a pretty good job. At times she felt a little childish, but it’s understandable. Arnold did pretty good too. And the updated make-up and effects on him were amazing. A lot of people have been pre-complaining about Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese. He wasn’t bad, but he didn’t have a lot of charisma either. He was just kinda there. Generally everyone could have had more development.
This installment/reboot, whatever it is, was more injected with humor than the previous films. I mean, I get that things are different due to the timelines shifting, but it almost felt like they were trying too hard to make it likable and more appealing to the teen audience. I loved most of it, but it doesn’t fit with the previous movies as much. I didn’t feel their desperation to thwart the impending apocalypse. My only wish is that they’d paid closer attention to the previous films regarding the future. The future depicted in this film didn’t feel as desperate as it always has. Maybe it’s just that we didn’t see much, or maybe the filmmakers allowed our characters to feel good about the advances they were making, but it could have felt a little more authentic.
It’s not the most impressive movie of the summer, but it’s not the worst, either.