Terminator Genisys review: How far can nostalgia carry an ill-advised reboot?

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I have this cool idea for a reboot: in the near future, director James Cameron develops time displacement technology and goes back to 1991. There, after Terminator 2’s massive success, he wrests away the rights for the franchise and prevents the world from ever being subjected to the two miserable sequels that followed. It’d be like stopping John Connor, but everybody would thank you for it.

The latest film in the franchise, Terminator Genisys, has something similar on its mind. It’s a movie that completely ignores everything after Cameron left the series, framing itself as a love letter to his two films while also using them as a jumping off point for a new cast and completely retooled mythology. It’s also the second film this summer…

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