The project of the new Terminator film, Terminator Genisys — which is the fifth film in the series, as well as a kind of reboot — is to solve the terrible problem of John Connor's loopiness. At the level of plot, the film attempts to resituate the war to and confine it in the normal dimensions of space. True, humans cannot win the war without the crazy interdimensional element, but (and here's the rub) peace can only be reached in standard space-time. The solution? The humans attempt to overwhelm John's loop with even more loops. As a result, Genisys, written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, is not easy to follow. The primary 1984-to-2029 loop established in James Cameron's immortal original film is challenged and intersected by other and sometimes even larger loops that are trying to free the future from the curse of John's loop. Indeed, watching Genisys — which is nowhere near as good as the first two in the series but is by no means as bad as the last two — is like listening to a fugue by Bach (check out "Die Kunst der Fuge") (126 min.).
Director: Alan Taylor
Producer: David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bill Carraro, Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier, Megan Ellison and Robert Cort
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matthew Smith, Courtney B. Vance, Michael Gladis, Sandrine Holt and Byung-hun Lee