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"I'll be back!" and indeed he is. This action packed adventure movie is an all new story about going back and changing the future. I liked this movie but thought that it needed more cyborgs.

Paramount brings this 3D block buster movie out just in time for the 4th of July weekend.

I have seen the other Terminator movies. I was also a fan of the TV show based on the Terminator series. This seems like a movie that follows the franchise brand at times and other times doesn't tie in at all.

Unlike other franchises, with the exception of Arnold Schwarzenegger, there are all new actors. The actors portray their characters in a believable way but I find it difficult to watch a franchise story line when there are different actors. It makes it harder to connect to the characters. Somewhere in the back of your brain you are remembering the original actors.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is entertaining, funny and believable. In the previous movies, he was always the Terminator. Now he is known as the Guardian. There are a few surprises as we learn more information about the cyborgs and their ever changing transformations. We also learn more about how the war started and how it almost ended.

Emilia Clark plays Sarah Conner when she first encounters Arnold Schwarzenegger and learns what her role really is in the world. This time she is teaching Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese what his role in the world is. She is a sweetheart but lethal when she needs to be which makes her my favorite character.

John Connor is a different character then what we are accustomed to. He is all grown up and Sarah meets her adult son when she time travels to see if she can change the future.

J.K. Simmons is a confused cop, O'Brien, who gets caught up in the story as he keeps seeing the same people who have not changed many years later and finally realizes he is not crazy. There are several questionable moments which make you wonder about the ever pesky time rifts.

Kudos to the graphics department which have created incredible sets that make you feel as if you are really in another dimension. I saw the movie in 3D and the screen just pops out at you. The graphics are awesome but they lack the cyborg scare factor.

The age range for this movie is 13 to 18 because it is complicated story line. There is violence but, as long as you do not mind a few dead robots, you will be OK. There's no blood and guts.

I give this movie four out of five cyborg stars. We will see if Arnold ever comes back again.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10.

If you are a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially in his role as The Terminator, you'll be happy to see that "he's back" for the fifth installment, Terminator Genisys. This time, his co-stars are Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke and the director is Alan Taylor. After having no Arnold in number four, it's a treat to have him back in this one. He delivers a funny and cool performance. Definitely, his performance is the best part of the movie for me.

Now, I must say that I had high hopes for this movie because I loved the first two and was hoping that this one would recapture some of their intense action and emotional drama. Unfortunately, I think this one fell flat. Here are four reasons why.

First, I began to have my doubts when I saw the trailer a few weeks ago. Just as they did in the trailer for the fourth movie, this trailer reveals the biggest plot twist in the entire movie. What a let-down!

My feelings about the cast are mixed. I like how Emilia Clarke plays Sarah Conner. She reminds me of Linda Hamilton's gritty portrayal in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. However, Jai Courtney's portrayal of Kyle Reese is unemotional and bland.

The Terminator series is built on heart-pounding, inventive action scenes, which use a mix of CGI and practical effects. This movie has no detectable practical effects, it's mostly CGI. And, the action is nothing new or creative. There was not one scene where I said to myself, "That's awesome!"

The fourth reason I am disappointed is the story. It's rated pg-13 to get a wider audience, but that means it lacks the edginess and intense action that I enjoy. The plot is all over the place. It's confusing, even if you saw the other movies in the series. If you are a kid, and can't see the other movies because of their "R" rating, I imagine it would be very hard to follow.

I am a big fan of Terminator 1 and 2, so I was very shocked that I did not like this movie. Arnold's scenes are memorable, but they can't overcome the rest of it. Because I suggest that you have to see the previous movies to begin to understand this one and you have to be old enough to watch an "R" rated movie, I would rate Terminator Genisys 2 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 14 to 20.

Reviewed by Will S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

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When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future...
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