Terminator Gyensis: Movie Review

I should listen to me own theoretical rules more often.

DirectorAlan Taylor, WriterLaeta KalogridisPatrick Lussier, Runtime: 125m, Cast & crew(<link)

Credits etc.

This is now the 3rd movie post Cameron,… I really wish they would stop butchering the franchise. I was all stoked for this but I just can’t shake the feeling that this was just another failed attempt at recreating the same lightening in a bottle that was brought on by the Canuck director. The first film was a huge success for many reasons. It was a made to be a horror film with ties to the sci-fi genre. The second is one of, if not the best, action movie of all time (Yes, even now).

Terminator-Genisys-Poster

This movie seemingly came to light, as in its concept, right out of a scene in its own movie. Spoiler alert, it comes in the form of a what if (pay attention if you still plan on seeing it to the words what if). What if we could see how our fate turned out. What if we could know years in advance the day we were to receive our true love . As a parent, how would we feel knowing our child becomes the proverbial villain of the story. What if… It’s an excellent question to explore. Do you ally yourself with the child or do you debate how to end him or her? It’s a great question to ask a viewer. Now this would have been the seeds for a great movie if it wasn’t named Terminator.  It would also be better if it wasn’t written by someone who sounds like they only studied the originals and took a year if screen writing. At least the 3rd movie had a tad bit more depth in it. I mean come on. We know everyone who “owns” a ‘nator, tries to get him to fit in. We don’t need that explained. The story for me, dialogue wise and the rules of time and space continuum seemed like just something to be skipped over. Having Sarah Conner speaking like Edward Furlong like in T2 all over again was a weaker choice than the director.

Now I’m not knocking all his choices. But I feel like after we saw his big budget version of Thor in Thor the dark world we all agreed to just let him handle Game of Thrones and nothing else. Thor was one of his first outings since Thrones, and being what that was; him, being selected for this, was a shocker. I think I said that somewhere. I do applaud the key set designers and craftsmen who were able to create the world we were entering. But a set can only be a good as it’s utilized.  I did enjoy the makeup department in its accuracy, if he did have a hand in that then good choice. I like continuity. I will say the aspect of 3D was much better here than it was in his Thor film.

Han Zimmer wasn’t as strong this time around. The musical score just didn’t live up to the hype of the movie or the rep of the composer.

The new talent was interesting. I thought the humanizing of the robots was a relatively smart move but also what did the movie in. As I said earlier having robots just scare the crap out of you  is awesome, but so is knowing that a robot has justified reason to fear you. Some of the new talent were underused. I just wished we saw more of them as their potential to, at the very least, frighten, or lead ,or do anything, was very promising..

Bottom line.  It’s a creative look at all the elements and aspects asked but not explored in the predecessors, but ultimately it’s not something we needed to see on the big screen for the franchise. If they don’t show the future war in whatever comes next. Just don’t Watch it. No alternative story of a Conner being saved is needed. It’s all been done.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 7.5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 6 out of 10,
  • Acting: 5 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Kinda cool in 3d, but if you can just rent it.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Darth Vader Voiced By Schwarzenegger

In case you missed it, J.J. Abrams is gonna direct Star Wars 7, so I thought this little gag was a funny way to recap the last three Star wars movie (SW:  “A New Hope”, “Empire Strikes Back”, and “Return of The Jedi”)  keep it locked here for more news as its Available.

 

Total Recall 1990 Throwback Review

Before inception, before sucker punch, there was Total Recall. Troubled by rewrites, choosing who to direct & who to cast for the lead role, until Arnold bought the script, which if he didn’t, may have seen a more witty movie vs a more action packed movie.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Rachel Ticotin Melina
Sharon Stone Lori
Ronny Cox Vilos Cohaagen
Michael Ironside Richter
Marshall Bell George / Kuato
Mel Johnson Jr. Benny
Michael Champion Helm
Roy Brocksmith Dr. Edgemar
Ray Baker Bob McClane
Rosemary Dunsmore Dr. Lull
David Knell Ernie
Alexia Robinson Tiffany
Dean Norris Tony

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Plot: “Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it’s a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie” – imdb.com
Run time

Yes, I’m reviewing this because the new version is out already and plan on reviewing that soon. As I said before, this movie would have been more witty and possibly dialogue full, but thx to Arnold being attached to it, it may have been better–but I guess we’ll never know. I will say this movie is awesome for its time and, for what it is, a sci-fi action thriller, from the very start (I’m not entirely clear as to why THAT scene started the movie), but kudos to the effects team. Its funny, as a kid I never realized just how disturbing a movie this is. When his face mask breaks and all the oxygen is ripped from his body… Man.. They did a great job to show what that may/may not look like. It’s a very Hollywood moment if you know what I mean, but let’s discuss the story.

The movie is open ended, just like inception is and even the mixed feeling sucker punch. Why? Because… I’ll get to that in a moment… As I said, it starts off on Mars with some chick he can’t stop dreaming about. Then it turns into a nightmare, and he wakes beside his wife, who is believable to be the wife of this dude. As the story progresses, you notice that “Quaid” is longing for something more than some jackhammer operator so he starts to look into “Rekall” which is a memory implant company. And when he gets there.. It really does become this non stop roller coaster ride, one which we don’t know is real or not, right up to the “Fade to White” ending, in terms of what is reality. Everything for sure is up to the point he gets to “Rekall”. After that we, the audience are on our own. When he mets some “Dr” who informs him of this crazy series of events, he is actually explaining the entire third act, which makes this entire movie mind twisting, and the fact that it goes to white & not black, has so many different meanings.

This is an Arnold movie. Let’s face it, we don’t watch his movies in hopes of him bing a great actor, but being a believable powerhouse to root for in the end. His best acted scenes are at the start of the film, after the dream, in my eyes, even some of the parts where he’s explaining he wishes to be/do more. It’s believable because of the job he has, the wife he has, and all that stuff. Sharon Stone hasn’t really been a good actor to me past “Basic Instinct” (Which has one of the most daring scenes in cinema history.. Maybe), which is some time after this movie. The rest of the cast is really just a bunch of moments. The brunette’s first “real” moments on film are her best in my opinion. The most annoying is the black guy, but when the story gets to where it needs to be by the end, it kinda makes sense.

When it comes to the effects, this movie didn’t hold back. It is said to be the first to use CGI and the last to use miniature sets with integrated live action, both of which are beautifully done, especially for a movie that came out in the 90’s. Honestly, if not for the brain messing plot, the effects alone are worth watching this movie. The action scenes, which there are plenty, aren’t perfect, and probably not the best we’ve seen from Arnold to that point in his career, BUT it does look great when you fit the story to it.

The thing about this movie is, when I started watching it I remember seeing it as a kid & hating it. Now as an adult with a sense for film & with more understanding, I appreciated this film. It was one giant mind tease with a bunch of metaphors & foreshadowing. When Benny is driving the taxi, too many times he comes across the truck drill which, a drill is used to ultimately kill him. It’s worth watching before the new movie for sure.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5,
  • Acting: 2.5 out of 5,

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW