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Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys

For this fifth installment of the Terminator movie franchise, screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier pile on so many pulpy sci-fi conceits—involving time travel, alternate realities, and the end of civilization—that you might be carried along by the batty excess. Arnold Schwarzenegger's hulking cyborg serves as father figure to two time-traveling rebels (the mannequin-like Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke) out to stop a computer operating system from wiping out much of the human race. J.K. Simmons is the comic-relief-cum-audience-surrogate, a bewildered police detective who makes a fool of himself whenever he tries to explain what's going on. Director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) maintains an agreeably tongue-in-cheek tone, though his visual style is pedestrian.



  • Alan Taylor


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Jason Clarke
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Jai Courtney
  • J.K. Simmons
  • Dayo Okeniyi
  • Matthew Smith
  • Courtney B. Vance
  • Michael Gladis
  • Sandrine Holt
  • Byung-hun Lee


  • David Ellison
  • Dana Goldberg
  • Bill Carraro
  • Laeta Kalogridis
  • Patrick Lussier
  • Megan Ellison
  • Robert Cort

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