12 Movie Sequels That Prove You Should Never Go Back

12. Terminator: Genisys

Paramount Pictures

What It Billed As

The mender after Terminator Salvation ruined the Terminator franchise, with Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the driving seat and an impressive cast of Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith, Jason Clarke, JK Simmons and to a MUCH lesser extent Jai Courtney.

What It Actually Was

First, an exercise in horrible miscasting, and second a plot-hole filled f*ck you to the logic of time travel movies.

Why anyone thought Jai Courtney would be charismatic enough to carry Kyle Reese, or JK Simmons should be a comedy relief bungling cop remains to be seen, but arguably the worst misuse of the the cast was turning Arnie's Terminator into a possessive, protective father in a weird sitcom where he and Kyle Reese clash over his desire for Sarah Connor. Oh and Matt Smith plays Siri, only they pretend Siri and blutooth don't exist and are somehow revelatory.

The biggest problem with Genisys is that it tries to be high concept sci-fi instead of being a monster movie like the first two Terminators, but it ends up being like a muscly idiot trying to explain quantum physics with his crayons.

It was also reliant on a massive twist, which might have been successful had they not spoiled it in the bloody trailers and made watching the film entirely pointless.


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