Terminator: Genisys [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2015]

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Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1861 out of 1946)

Special Features


  • Disc 1 Special Features:
  • Family dynamics: casting the film's iconic characters
  • Infiltration and termination: shooting on location
  • Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Terminator Genisys
James Cameron's sci-fi classic gets rebooted in this Paramount production conceived as the first installment of a new trilogy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Emilia Clarke
    Emilia Clarke - Sarah Connor
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator
  • Jason Clarke
    Jason Clarke - John Connor
  • Jai Courtney
    Jai Courtney - Kyle Reese
  • Dayo Okeniyi
    Dayo Okeniyi - Danny Dyson



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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I'm old not obsolete.....

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    DaSoyncere1
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    With audiences growing far more wary of, and sometimes downright venomous towards remakes, studios have been searching for new ways to reinvigorate recognizable brands. The answer has been something comic book fans have been all too familiar with for some time: the retcon. Or put another way, the reimagining. You don't have to totally start over, just ignore or delete enough stuff to basically start from a difference place. It's a tricky thing to pull off without alienating your entire fan base. X-Men: Days of Future Past managed to use alternate timelines to build an entirely new history for its heroic mutants. But what about something like James Cameron's Terminator; a cold metal sci-fi classic that basically forged our understanding of time travel in modern genre movies? Terminator Genisys, the fifth movie in the vaunted franchise, attempts to embrace and completely devastate everything we know and love about James Cameron's time-bending story, and as one might expect the results are a bit scattershot. Rest assured Terminator Genisys is a heck of lot better than the maligned Terminator Salvation, and a fair bit more like a true Cameron Terminator movie. Despite the narrative pretzel it twists into, the film has all of the recognizable nuts and bolts, literally in the case of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, who was notably absent from 'Salvation' except for a lousy CGI version. This time around the hard-to-kill cyborg is considered a "guardian" rather than a terminator, sent back in time to protect the life of Sarah Connor, played now by Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke, sporting her "Mother of Dragons" attitude. So how does something like that work? The story begins as we expect. Future rebel badass John Connor (Jason Clarke) leads a human resistance against Skynet and its army of killer machines. When Skynet realizes it will lose, it sends a terminator to 1984 to kill Sarah while she's weak. So John calls upon his pal Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) to go back in time to protect Sarah from harm. Oh, and let's not forget that John also needs his buddy to sleep with his mom so he can be born in the first place. Don't forget that little detail; it makes for some awkward sitcom shenanigans later on. Things take a turn when Kyle arrives in 1984 only to discover that Sarah doesn't really need his help. She's already one tough soldier; she's gone full-blown Linda Hamilton (minus the biceps) and has been protected by the Arnold T-800 since she was a child, nicknaming him "Pops". How? Why? And is that wrinkled skin and graying hair on the Terminator? What? The explanations are convoluted, bog down the story, and frankly are a little ridiculous, but fortunately this film doesn't slow down enough for you to analyze whether it makes sense. There's always a new Terminator to fight (there are a few, including one that has been spoiled by desperate marketing), a new bus to flip, another helicopter chase through the city, and the CGI-heavy action looks great courtesy of director Alan Taylor. He keeps the pace moving faster than a T-1000 can shapeshift forms; those who simply want to watch robots fight and stuff get blown up will leave very happy. Not to say he's quite on Cameron's level when it comes to blending digital and real-world effects but the film looks impressive. In what must feel like the tagline for Schwarzenegger's latter career, the T-800 constantly asserts, “I am old, not obsolete." At 25 years, Cameron's Terminator is an "old" franchise no matter how many times they try to revive it. But Terminator Genisys, despite it not always making a ton of sense, is still the best and most relevant Terminator film since 'Judgement Day', and that means it will never be considered obsolete. Die hards I will recommend this to casual fans however not so much.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun and Enjoyable, better than expected.

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    mapum
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    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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Throwbacks, Action, Humor & Special Effects...

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    "The Mother of Dragons" (Emilia Clarke) makes her way into Terminator Genisys as Sarah Connor, brining with her a similar strength & initiative. "Jack McClane, Jr" (Jai Courtney) as Kyle Reese serves well alongside her. So, casting was good and performances were more than fair (though J.K. Simmons' character, Det. O'Brien, felt unnecessary and random). Terminator Genisys plays off the premiss that the resistance and Skynet have sent their selected protector and terminator many more times since T1 & T2, in their battle to overcome the other for eternal dominance. The going back in time, time after again, has altered timelines. Yet, somehow just enough of the time differences are remembered—giving way for one final scenario and timeline to reach an end, where Skynet is no longer a threat to humanity. In retrospect, viewers may get lost in the time sequences but the logic is sound if you can follow it. Genisys barrels through the middle of the franchise and makes it's place on the timeline just after T2: Judgement Day—storming in like the machines it portrays, terminating T3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation as none existent. Unlike T1 & T2, Genisys squanders the likelihood of the Terminator series from moving forward with any other films. This, in essence, has brought the timeline/storyline to a final conclusion, where most likely fans had hoped that Genisys would have become the springboard for another film(s). On the other hand, T3 is the weakest film of them all. So, the interposition by Genisys isn't as emotionally disruptive as it could otherwise be for fans. Nonetheless, it's probably not what hardcore fanboys would have wanted or expected. Then there's Terminator Salvation, which is so stylistically different from the first 3 films that it works just fine as an independent film on an alternate timeline. Finally, Genisys brings the character twists between T1 & T2 (between protagonist & antagonist) full circle—and I'll leave it at that, as to not further spoil the movie ;-) The movie flows with humor, too …though one particular scene was reminiscent of an attempt to mimic a Guardians of the Galaxy segment, but was so completely out of character for the Terminator series that the attempted humor fell flat and awkward. So, even though Terminator Genisys doesn't fully meet expectations, it does wrap up the series in a fairly decent manner. And if you're wondering if you have to watch T1 & T2 to follow Genisys, "no." The movie does a pretty good job to reference its origins through dialogue. But don't get me wrong, Genisys was still fun to watch with plenty of throwbacks, action, humor & special effects to entertain viewers. My letter grade: B-

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not bad, not great.

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    T:G is a hard movie to review. The acting is fine, the stunts are great, special effects good, and the story is decent. Of all these things, it's the story that breaks it more than anything. Not due to any inherent flaws, but mostly because of what isn't there. T:G suffers from its lack of information- too many questions left unanswered. While I'd like to believe it's due to innocent reasons, it may be more due to filmmakers' greed. Much of this could have been alleviated by either allowing for a longer running time or simply having more focus. See, T:G attempts to rewrite the timeline of the movies, and in doing so, crams much of the rewriting of two excellent movies (ignoring T3 & T4) into one film. It gives us much of the highlights from these movies, but the eye for detail found in each film is bypassed in order to get to the next big set piece. It's a shame they attempted to move so fast to (probably) get to Genisys 2 and their own story picking up after the rewrites to the mythos were done. Focusing on rewriting the original film only in this film, then rewriting T2 in Genisys 2 would have alleviated this rushed feeling, and allowed for their original take on what those changes meant for Genisys 3 might have been much better. As is, we're left with a decent action film using the Terminator license with acting that's solid enough. I didn't necessarily agree with some of the casting choices (I'm looking at Kyle Reese & John Connor in particular) but, that doesn't mean they were bad in the roles- in fact, they surprised me at how well they portrayed the characters, despite my *PERSONAL* opinion that they didn't look or feel "right" to me. Overall, T:G can be a fun ride, but those looking for it to fix the issues that began once James Cameron left the franchise (which was what Genisys attempted to do, even working with Cameron for time travel advice) are going to be disappointed. If you're a big Terminator fan, and have the 3rd & 4th installment in your library, there's no reason not to add T:G to the collection. It definitely surpasses most of T3, and all of T4, but if you're hoping to add this based on the premise of the film fixing things, you may want to just rent or watch it on cable. As an enjoyable action film with the Terminator license, it's a fun, stunt-filled ride that you could do much worse with.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The 3rd Best Film in the Series!!!!

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    It has been 12 years since the last good Terminator film was released, 12 years since Arnold was the Terminator, but all the waiting was worth it! The film starts post-Judgment Day, with the intro on how Kyle Reese meets John Connor with years passed and the inevitable victory over SkyNet with one final offensive to end it all, with the exception of how SkyNet sent a T-800 back in time to kill Humanity's Last Hope's mother, Sarah. Instead of sending Kyle back in time to 1984 and having him do his thing like in the first film, something has changed and Reese is sent back and forward in time (But still back in time, from Reese's POV) with Sarah already the rough 'n' tough "soldier" as seen in T2 and with Arnold Schwarzenegger as her new father figure, Pop, teaming up to take on their toughest and most feared adversary yet... which I won't spoil for you here but watch the film and be surprised and very well entertained!!! I watched this film in 3D in theatres and was delighted how well the 3D was done (One of the best post-conversions ever) and the PQ was fantastic. Although this BBY exclusive was 2D only, the BluRay recreates the theatrical experience perfectly along with the loud and thunderous aural 7.1 core sound (Dolby Atmos surround) being amazing! The extras for the standard BluRay are mediocre, consisting of 3 featurettes nearly running an hour, but the bonus disc is outright awesome with a full length documentary on all things Terminator which is worth the price of admission alone, even if you hate Genisys, its worth owning this disc for the PQ/AQ to show off your 1080p display and best surround sound setup and comes highly recommended!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Terminator Film Since T2

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    Like Cameron himself, I agree that Termiantor Genisys is the best film the franchise since his iconic 1991 sequel. I went in to the theater to see this with completely no expectations - the reviews were abysmal, the trailers were poor, and the TV spots did it no justice. To top it all off, this was going to be PG-13. I'm glad I went in thinking this was going to be a stinker -- because it easily became one of my favorite movies of the year. It surprised me at most turns, and Arnold truly is back in a vengeance in this. Don't let the rating fool you - there's plenty of violence, along with some good laughs and great nods to the first and second films. I think the time travel aspect was handled relatively well, and other than the miscast of Jason Clarke as John Connor (to me he is totally unbelievable as the leader of The Resistance), this movie hits its stride right from the beginning. The Best Buy Exclusive version of the Blu-ray offers a bonus disc (which is a BD - NOT a DVD - so thumbs up) with even more special features. If you're a fan of the franchise, this is the version to get. Highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A fantastic visual and audio treat!!!

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    Terminator Genisys is a such a great movie experience that does great fan service to the original films. It has a twisted storyline that is almost like a what if, on the first 2 films in the series. I agree with everyone else that the film pales in comparison to Terminator 1 and 2. Its insane to think that todays CGI laden movie industry will compare to the magnificent storylines, acting, practical effects and props of yore. These are the times we live in, for better or for worst. Terminator Genisys also could of done with less humor and should have chosen a better actress to depict the iconic Sarah Cornor. However, what this movie does excel in, is that its a big budget spectacle and deserves a place in every scify movie collection. Hopefully if most Terminator fans turn out to purchase the movie they can continue on with the proposed trilogy, which is unfortunately in doubt. Come on guys we need Arnie to make his trademark Terminator flicks, before my generations ICON is no longer physically able!!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Arnold's back

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    In 1984, Kyle Reese arrives from the future to protect Sarah Conner from a Terminator sent back to kill her before her son John Conner is born. Things, however, are different. Sarah has a guardian of her own, and with help from Reese, she intends to stop Skynet before it goes online and brings forth Judgment Day. Pay no attention to the negative reviews. Come on. James Cameron, the creator the Terminator franchise gave his personal endorsement. While I realize that may not be enough to persuade you to watch this movie, I should mention that he walked away from any involvement with the movies after T2, said he told the stories that he wanted to and was done, but he really liked this movie. While it may be difficult to top T2, Genisys in my opinion is as good. Be sure to get the Best Buy exclusive while it's available for extra content and a great looking 3D slipcover with Arnold on the front!

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