Star Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke
Director: Alan Taylor
Producer: Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions
Claps For: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Background Music and VFX
Slaps For: Predictable story line
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Story: 2029 AD. Humanity has been destroyed by Skynet, who are machines with artificial intelligence. The few humans left have formed a group called Resistance, with John Connor as their leader, to fight against these cyborgs and are on the verge to eradicate them. Skynet, in an attempt to save itself, sends a T-800 robot ‘The Terminator’ back in the year 1984 to kill Sarah Connor before she gives birth to her son John Connor. In order to stop this from happening John sends his right-man Kyle Rees back in the same time to stop the Terminator, and to mate with his mother in order to ensure he is born. However, when Kyle reaches there, he finds out it is a cycle that has been happening again and again over the years, and that there is already another Terminator to protect Sarah from others.
Performance: Arnold shines! He is back as the much-loved ‘Terminator’ and doesn’t disappoint as the robot that has managed to gel in the human world, and has learnt a few manner- like that forced smile which would leave you laughing every time he does it. He is perhaps the only reason why this movie becomes worth-watching for two hours!
Emilia Clarke, who is loved by all as the ‘Mother of Dragons’ completely disappoints as the to-be mother of John Connor. She acts the way she always does but somehow, fails to look convincing in the action as well as emotional scenes. Perhaps wrong script choice!
Jai Courtney is good and convincing enough as Kyle Reese but fails to leave the impact Michael Biehn left years ago in the 1984 movie of the franchise.
Jason Clarke is good but fails to scare and terrorize the audience as the antagonist. The surprise factor in his role had anyways disappeared due to the spoiler-revealing trailer; hence one cannot blame him.
Direction: Alan Taylor does a fine job. He is good with clichéd Hollywood-action style and thrills. However, it is the concept and script that makes the movie lose its viewer’s interest after a while. He handles the re-boot of a famous franchise pretty well and manages to get back the nostalgia of the 1984 movie by re-creating the same scenes. And well, he surely surprises the audience with the Arnold vs Arnold fight. Also, how he presents a new twist to the Sarah and John Connor storyline is amazing.
Combo-on-Offer: VFX + Action
Verdict: We give the movie slaps for its poor storyline and performances.