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The Good and Bad of Terminator: Genisys

Since yesterday’s release of Terminator: Genisys, reviews for the movie have begun to pour in and most of them are not positive. As of this morning, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic users have given it 1 1/2 and 2 stars, respectively. IMDb’s users were more impressed with the film: It currently ranks at around 7 1/2 stars.

A review this morning on Wired does a good job of pointing out the many flaws of the film.

For starters, LinkedIn feels that the time travel paradoxes were difficult for some moviegoers and even fans to grasp. At least one person has said that moviegoers would need a PhD in Physics, or be obsessed with time travel stories and a genius, to entirely understand the twists and turns in this film. Worse yet, the script repeatedly takes time to explain the twists and turns because they are so complicated and that telling rather than showing slow the film’s pace.

One of the biggest complaints is that the film really doesn’t offer anything new other than a big “surprise” the studio revealed too soon in the trailer that the director never approved.

Another point: Moviegoers might enjoy the film more if they simply ignore the rest of the franchise and watch the film as if it is a standalone. Otherwise, the changes to the plot, the surprise and the ending will likely disappoint die-hard fans.