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Terminator Genisys - Movie Review

July 9, 2015

Verdict - "Complex and disappointing."

In a cycle of reboots, sequels and prequels we get every single year, only a few movies rationalize the meaning to revisit the franchise and the others just feel like a cash grab that studios love to produce. 

Will Terminator 5 or Genisys (spelling alert) stick out? Or will it at least reach the standards of the first two movies?

Terminator Genisys kicks off in the year 2029 where the Resistance led by John Connor (Jason Clarke) takes over the machines in an unceasing war against the Skynet. After realising that a T-800 terminator was sent back in time to kill his mother Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), John nominates his trusted combatant Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) to travel back to the year 1984 to save and protect his mother.

"Convoluted" is the perfect word with which I can describe this movie, it takes place in three different timelines with a messy screenplay and it's hard to sit back and comprehend the puzzling premise. Your brain will be confused with many logical questions, searching for few distinct answers. But in the end, nothing doesn't make any real sense.

The most notable and significant parts the first two Terminator movies were the action sequences, as they still stand out till date. But when it comes to this movie, the action scenes were totally forgettable because of the poor modern fast-cut edit style that completely ruins the experience. We never get that awe-inspiring feeling because of the fact that they're not properly choreographed and shot. And I sincerely, don't remember even one action piece from the movie.

Altogether, the performances from the cast were quite decent. Emilia Clarke was a perfect fit and was believable as Sarah Connor. Jason Clarke performance felt like he was overdoing his character a bit and Jai Courtney had nothing special to offer as Kyle Reese, as he always lacks charisma in every single role he's in. The characters were completely bland in the movie and were never memorable.

But then again, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the only alluring and captivating part of the movie. He was entertaining, hysterical and is still capable of pulling out few solid scenes which were fun to look at.

Nevertheless, Genisys is a pile of perplexing storyline, modeiocre action scenes, and insipid characters that make Arnold the only best part of the movie. It's definitely a "switch-your-brain-off" popcorn summer action blockbuster that we usually get and I don't recommend watching it.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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The Expendables 3 - Movie Review

August 27, 2014

Verdict - "It's appalling and they're done!"

All of our favourite action movie stars in one giant movie. What could possibly go wrong? I would probably say everything!

The Expendables unify once again for the third time with few new lads and a female bouncer as they knock down the perilous Mel Gibson and his gang in a nowhere land. The same old storyline all over again and I'm sick and tired of it.

In detail, initially when the new cast members were announced along with Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford I was genuinely surprised and excited. It made me think that they were going for something new and contemporary. But right into the first thirty minutes of the movie I felt uncomfortable and eventually was bored to death.

I'l say, yes! It is indeed fun to watch these big name celebrities preposterously kicking ass of the goons. But we've already seen it two times before, I don't need a logical storyline too, all I need is some good writing and screenplay and that is my major complaint about the movie. The screenplay was soo mind-numbing and slapdash where it got to a point when I actually started moving my head horizontally with displeasure.

Out of the whole bunch, the new characters played Ronda Rousey, Kelan Lutz, Victor Ortiz and Antonio Banderas are nothing significant, they just need to give an adolescent look to the movie and I didn't really care about them. Didn't mind Banderas humour or Kelan's assertive face but Ronda Rousey is particularly horrible in her performance and I can understand the fact that she's not really an actor to give a decent performance.

Stallone, Arnold and Statham had nothing new to deliver and by far the most impressive performances are from Mel Gibson and Wesley Snipes. They both had few notable moments in the movie and Gibson is astounding as the bad guy.

Nevertheless, The Expendables is a worn out franchise, the fact that it made 27.4 million domestically till now conceals the fact that people are not interested to watch any more of these movies. I didn't find the movie either funny, cheesy or interesting and is unfortunately the worst part of this franchise. Hope they are trying something novel in the fourth installment Expendabelles (female version).

My Rating - 1.5/5
Grade - D+ (Hangover!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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