If you enjoy the YA genre, Terminator Genisys is the perfect mash-up of all your favorite things gift wrapped and delivered straight to the big screen.
The overall plot is the same as the original: A terminator is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor to prevent the birth of John, the leader of the resistance against Skynet.
But this one has a few new twists. I’m not going to spoil the movie for all of you who haven’t seen it, but I will go over some themes that stood out to me as the reasoning behind why this would have been a great YA novel.
First, the destined meeting and love of Sarah and Kyle Reese, the parents of John. Jai Courtney does a great job at being the hunky scarred male lead who will do anything to protect the ones he cares for. All he wants is to prove himself and get his family back and oh yea save the world.
Speaking of the girl, Sarah is everything you could ask for: she kicks ass, takes names, and her “dad” is a robot. Come on, that’s pretty awesome. All she wants to do is run from her destiny, but it’s YA, and we all know fate is fate, especially when it comes to love. My only qualm is that she looks 12, but meh, don’t they all?
Arnold is the comic relief we all need at the end of a long day. His quips are well placed and exceptionally executed. There wasn’t one person in the theater who didn’t laugh.
The bad guys were fantastic, but I can’t go into it without spoilers. Matt Smith’s role was also perfect but that’s all I’ll say. /wink
The whole movie was visually stunning and thoroughly entertaining. If you don’t want to spend the money in the theater, see it later on demand or however you watch movies.
Basically, the only way you won’t enjoy this movie is if you went to go see a direct extension of the Terminator franchise. This was even a big tone difference from the last installment, Terminator Salvation, that was more about sacrifice than anything.
I have a feeling that this is the first of a new type of movies: combining the YA genre for today’s generation with the greatness that sci-fi could be.
If you watched the movie, let me know what you thought!