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Terminator Genisys also known as “Terminator: Genesis,” “Terminator 5”

MPAA Rating: PG-13for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief strong language.

Reviewed by: Raphael Vera
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Genre:
Sci-Fi Action Adventure Thriller Sequel 3D IMAX
Length:
1 hr. 59 min.
Year of Release:
2015
USA Release:
July 1, 2015 (wide—3,600+ theaters)
DVD: November 10, 2015
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“The Terminator” series paints a rather bleak picture of the future of mankind. What’s the truth? Is there HOPE for humanity? Answer

the concern that robots or computers will someday turn against on humans and try to exterminate us

importance of bravery, courage and self-sacrifice

PROPHECY and the Bible

PROPHECY—Is there valid prophetic evidence that the Bible is God’s Word? Answer

Featuring: Arnold SchwarzeneggerTerminator
Emilia Clarke … Sarah Connor
Jai Courtney … Kyle Reese
Jason Clarke … John Connor
J.K. SimmonsDetective O'Brien
Matt Smith … Tim
Byung-hun Lee … T-1000
Brett Azar … Young Terminator
Douglas Smith
Sandrine Holt
Courtney B. Vance … Miles Dyson
more »
Director: Alan Taylor—“Thor: The Dark World” (2013)
Producer: Paramount Pictures
Skydance Productions
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

The fifth film in the ongoing “Terminator” series, “Terminator Genisys” begins in the future with the resistance, led by humanities savior John Conner (Jason Clarke), on the verge of finally winning the war against the machines and the computer intelligence that controls them, SKYNET. The machines, realizing they are about to be defeated, send a Terminator into the past as a last resort measure to defeat the resistance before it even begins by assassinating John Conner’s mother, Sarah back in 1984.

As in the first movie, a volunteer is sent back to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), but as the soldier Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is in the process of being sent back, a Terminator appears next to John. Kyle is quickly whisked away, but, unlike in the original film, he now has more than one Terminator to deal with, and Sarah Connor surprisingly ends up saving his life during their first encounter. What is going on here?

Fans will recognize that this latest entry pays homage to the original film by returning to 1984, but then radically twists the story with multiple time insertions by both SKYNET and an unknown benefactor from the future who is trying to thwart the machines and keep Sarah, her progeny and humanity itself alive.

Aided by an aging Terminator she calls Pops (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Sarah has had over a decade to prepare for SKYNET, and, armed with newfound information from Kyle, they embark on a journey back to the near future in order to prevent SKYNET from ever being born.

Objectionable Content

Violence: Heavy. Terminator vs. Terminator violence is pervasive, but, given the very nature of machines as ‘un-living,’ while extremely intense, they cannot quite be categorized as fatal. People, on the other hand, are killed frequently in the war of the future and die when shot, blasted, burned, crushed or blown up in battle. During the ‘present,’ people are seen close-up being impaled by the T-1000 Terminator (liquid metal, shape-shifting model), but the majority of the killing is implied, as when vehicles are destroyed or during the nuclear Armageddon flashback, wherein whole cities are laid to waste leaving nothing behind but skeletal ash.

The scenes of people being herded into work camps for eventual extermination harkenes back to the tactics used by the Nazi’s against God’s first chosen, the Jewish people, during the holocaust. The level of violence and dark imagery is geared for teens on up and is by no means suitable for younger children.

Language: Moderate. The f-word is uttered once during the initial Terminator meeting in the park, an apparent requirement for most PG-13 rated movies, as this is the maximum number allowed. Other curses included: sh** (6), SOB (1), as* (4), as*h*** (1), hell (8), damn (1) and the Lord’s name was taken in vain about five times—God (2), God-d*** (4), Jesus (1). Remarkably “Thank God” was uttered twice, and I don’t recall this being said in the other “Terminator” movies, though I may have missed it. Therefore, although this movie may have had the least bad language of the franchise to date, it should still be considered inappropriate for children.

Sex/Nudity: Mild. There is no sex shown or implied, however, as anyone familiar with the mode of time travel in these movies knows, it requires the traveler to be naked. Kyle’s nude backside and profile is seen during his two trips. Sarah disrobes down to her bra in preparation for time travel, and, when standing against Kyle during her trip, the upper portion of her breasts are shown, but nothing more. There is also some cleavage, a mention of “mating,” and a short passionate kiss.

Lessons

Dealing with limited themes, amidst a sometimes non-stop action format, there was little character discussion of weighty matters, let alone their spiritual connotations, though a few themes stood out.

Liberty-John Conner speaks about how they are willing to sacrifice everything for freedom, and, in this work of fiction, where humans are actual slaves, he is justified in seeking this. According to the Word of God, we are all slaves to sin and only by believing and living for Christ can we be set free. The Apostle Paul speaks on both our sinful human nature and our very real hope.

“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.” —Romans 7:15

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” —Galatians 5:1

Prophecy-In the future, people use words like “prophet” to describe John Conner, because of his uncanny ability to know what’s going to happen.

In reality, actual prophesies, as proved over the centuries, belong solely to the Judeo/Christian God, as revealed through the Holy Bible given to His people as both guide, assurance and promise for what would otherwise be a bleak existence.

“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” —2 Peter 1:19

Who will enjoy this film? Perhaps it might be over simplifying the matter to say that fans of the “Terminator” films will automatically enjoy it, because I know there will be those that don’t. Certainly, newcomers to this series will be thoroughly confused, and I recommend a prior viewing of the first two “Terminator” films in order to appreciate this one.

The science fiction aspect is of greater importance in this film, and the erasing of previous timelines will displease some fans. However, solid acting from the new leads in the roles of Kyle and Sarah reinforced the story’s credibility, and Sarah’s own informed resistance to her inevitable’ relationship with Kyle is a refreshing change of pace. Having Arnold back in the role as a senior ‘Guardian’ Terminator is believably explained and the icing on the cake.

In summary, the story is compelling, if often complex, and the frenetically paced action and special effects are excellent, almost to the point of requiring it be watched in IMAX 3D. “Terminator Genisys” is an exciting addition to the anthology whose weakest point may arguably be its tidy ‘feel-good’ conclusion, although you can overcome a portion of that if you stay for the extra scene during the credits. I enthusiastically recommend this latest entry, keeping the previous warnings and suggestions in mind.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate to heavy / Sex/Nudity: Moderate to heavy

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Comments below:
Positive
Positive—As a Terminator fan, my review may be a little biased. As one who has seen every one since 1984, I can say that this one is on par with all of the other Terminator movies. If you’re expecting a clean Christian movie, you may want to skip this one, because I heard about 10-15 swear words. There was also some side nudity. And, of course, lots of violence (mostly bloodless), explosions, and car crashes. Other than those things, I don’t remember much else that Christians would be offended about. If I were you though, I’d believe the PG-13 rating and leave the preteens at home.

One of the things I liked most about this movie (besides the nonstop action) was that I couldn’t detect any hidden agendas. No talk about Evolution, global warming, how humans are destroying the environment, or anything like that. I felt that it was simply a good old fashioned action movie. Oh, and I also liked how they brought back some of the old familiar themes and actors from the other Terminator movies. For me, this movie was a thrill ride from beginning to end. If you’re a Terminator fan, this movie will surely not disappoint.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Frank, age 46 (USA)
Positive—I’ve seen all “Terminator” movies (even the atrocious 3 and Terminator Salvation), this one was soooo much better. Fans of Terminator and T2 should like it, as well. Even James Cameron highly approved of this story. Some foul language and your typical PG-13 violence. Some swearing (again … PG-13) and only nudity (if you call it that) was when Kyle and Sarah went into the time machine and you really didn’t see anything.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Bill, age 47 (USA)
Positive—Being a huge fan of the first two TERMINATOR films (while only partially liking the third film, and hating the fourth), I decided to see this one. “Die Hard” fans, fear not. THE TERMINATOR himself is back in the role that made him an action hero. I can’t say too much without revealing the plot, so I will simply say this: I believe the reason the film is doing badly at the box office is because the plot of this film is more complex than the previous films, and today’s audience doesn’t like to think too much. Their mindset is: throw in some naked women, and some explosions, and we’re happy.

Content wise, I can say this: about 98% of the violence is bloodless, but it is almost non-stop. There is some language, but aside from a few uses of the Lord’s Name in vain, it’s relatively mild. Nudity is limited to a few shots of male rears. The acting is very strong, and the storyline is well constructed. That is all I will say… And stay through the credits for a brief scene.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—D, age 29 (USA)
Comments from young people
Positive—…I thought that the acting was good, but I thought taking the the Lord’s name in vain was uncalled for, and one f-word, and it had some nudity, but didn’t really see anything—only their back. I urge parents with small children shouldn’t see this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Bumble Bee1 (USA)

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