As a total Terminator fan since the beginning, I was swept away by the timeline jump. Not due to such things being standard fare for the series in general, but because of the continuous change that brought back numerous Terminators according to technical advancements. The story, albeit harder to follow than the predecessor's, was tight in it's own right > minus the one flaw being that of the T-1000's clunkiness. However, I saw it in the theater & deemed it good enough to purchase for my collection.
Summer of 2015 lead off with Avengers: Age of Ultron and didn't stop there, releasing some awesome films including Ant-Man, Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, Inside Out and many others. Although these movies are awesome and I love the ones listed, there was one that I really enjoy but many people pegged as one of the worst of that summer and even of 2015. I didn't particularly like Jurassic World although it was one of the biggest films of all time, Minions was mindless (But became one of the highest grossing films as well) and truly the worst film was Fant4stic for that summer. Terminator: Genisys is one if the more misunderstood films from 2015 and of the Terminator films that is sadly ranked amongst the worst. Fortunately, it is a good movie that deserves a second chance. The movie follows Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) who is sent back to 1984 to stop the T-800 from killing Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), mother of John (Jason Clarke), the future leader of the Resistance. So it's pretty much the first film, at least at first, but while Reese is being sent through time, the personification of SkyNet (Matt Smith, of Dr. Who fame) kills John (or so we think). Meanwhile in 1984, things follow the same bits of The Terminator, but with the killing of John, the timeline changed, with Sarah and a Terminator called Pops (Arnold Schwarzenegger), this time prepared to kill the 1984 Terminator and find Reese. Following an attack by a T-1000 in 1984 (Byung-hun Lee) and learning of a new Skynet OS called "Genisys", the duo travel to the future to prevent Judgment Day and face a familiar face. I know the story is incredibly sophisticated and many people complained about the story being hard to follow, and it kind of is, truthfully. But, it is easier to follow as it comes along, but what's harder to swallow is some of the iffy casting. Schwarzenegger is back, and probably gives his best Terminator performance here, with the usual one-liners standing by, but it's also filled with the aging of the cyborg, that is having issues as time goes by, but also became more human in the process, as Cameron laid it out in His previous films that it has a learning computer to infiltrate more efficiently to humans. The trio of Reese, Sarah and John though, are miscast. All 3 are too focused on hiding their accents (Courtney is Aussie, the Clarkes English) to give engaging performances for the most part. Lee is a good T-1000, but the character didn't even need to be included, like at all. Other performances are decent overall, with J.K. Simmons being a standout as O'Brien. The screenplay is a tad overcomplicated, and it's uses of humor kind of fall flat, but still delivers a decent story overall. The direction by Alan Taylor does deliver the goods, with action scenes looking great, keeping the pace lively and manages to retain the visual sense Cameron laid out in his previous efforts. All in all, it is a fun movie with great effects and action scenes, but still can't beat the first 2 but handily defeats its 2 predecessors. On the Blu-ray we get a terrific 2.35 3D image, which has loads of depth to the film, along with some great use of pop-out moments. Probably one of the best conversions ever and a must own for 3D enthusiasts. The Dolby Atmos track is of reference quality and will unsettle your foundation, it's that good. The extras, though, disappoint. Although the film only broke even at the box office, I was still saddened at the lack of extras with the core 3D bluray. The film only has 3 featurette, all running about 55 minutes in length but there is still some good BTS stuff and nice looks into the many CGI effects, plot, characters and more. Sad we couldn't get a commentary, but it works for the most part but i suggest either grabbing the Best Buy exclusive or the 4K bluray, which both come with a bonus Bluray with over 90 minutes of material. All in all, a fun film that will satisfy the 3D and sound enthusiast but not many Terminator fans.
This review is from Terminator: Genisys [3D] [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray/DVD] [Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D/DVD] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic addition to collection!
Owned for 3 months when reviewed.
Must buy if terminator fan! This was a birthday present and husband was excited!
The plot of Terminator Genisys basically revolves around John Connor (Jason Clarke) sending Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to save John's mother Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, no relation in real life to Jason Clarke). Sounds pretty familiar to us Terminator fans, right? What Genisys does is builds on the plots in the previous films by keeping the main plot similar to the first movie, but having Kyle meet with an altered timeline in 1984. This Sarah is much different from the Sarah he was expecting (and much different from the Sarah we saw in the original film) in that she's already a bad-A and knows all about Kyle being sent back to save her and the Resistance and the war against the machines. In fact, she's been being trained by the reprogrammed T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) for many years prior to Kyle showing up.
You know in Back to the Future 2 when Marty goes back to 1955 Hill Valley for the almanac and you see the other Marty (from the first Back to the Future) trying to do his thing and get his parents back together? So you have a new movie but still get to see events from the first movie again, like the Enchantment Under the Sea dance scenes? Every time I watch BTTF2, getting to revisit and experience that scene from a different perspective than the first movie makes me so excited, and Terminator Genisys made me feel that same way at times. I've seen all of the Terminator movies multiple times, mostly because my husband is a huge fan of the franchise. They're all enjoyable to an extent (some more than others), but, to be honest, it's been a couple of years since I've watched the previous movies. Even without having seen the other movies in the series recently, I still enjoyed Genisys and have to say that I don't think it's necessary to have seen the previous films recently, or at all. That being said, I do think it could be beneficial and add to your experience to watch or rewatch them before seeing Genisys. The parts about this film that I thought were the most fun were when we got to revisit scenes or hear similar lines from the previous films. It brought the nostalgia factor way up for me, which I loved. There were some things I missed that I didn't realize were nods back to previous films in the series, until my husband leaned over and whispered to me about them, so it doesn't hurt to rewatch the series beforehand, or at least the first two. Again, not necessary, but could amp up your enjoyment.
Bottom line - I've always enjoyed science fiction and time travel movies, and this one was a winner in my book. I honestly thought this movie was great. It was action-packed but also pretty funny. It was nostalgic while still being inventive and feeling fresh. I ended up enjoying it way more than I expected and had a really fun time.
This review is from Terminator: Genisys [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray/DVD] [Only @ Best Buy]