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Well, he said he’d be back – again and again – and now, at the age of 67, Aus­trian ac­tion icon Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger re­turns to the role that made him fa­mous.

Se­ries re­dux Genisys sees Arnie’s T-800 pro­tect­ing one-time tar­get Sarah Con­nor (Emilia Clarke) in 1984 as they await the ar­rival of soldier Kyle Reese ( Jai Court­ney) from the fu­ture to help pre­vent the end of the world.

That syn­op­sis is prob­a­bly as sim­ple a de­scrip­tion as pos­si­ble of the ba­sics of Laeta Kalo­gridis (Shut­ter Is­land) and Pa­trick Lussier’s (Drive An­gry) com­pli­cated, con­vo­luted story that doesn’t just bend the rules of time, but smashes them into smithereens.

Part pre­quel, re­make and re­boot, Genisys is like a Ter­mi­na­tor great­est hits pa­rade – fiery Judge­ment Day as­sault, the T-1000 (this time played by Byung-hun Lee), po­lice sta­tion at­tack, catch­phrases – where none of the parts is as well-oiled as what’s come be­fore.

At one point, Arnie ac­tu­ally says “al­ter­nate time­lines are not com­pli­cated”; I beg to dif­fer, big man. You’ll need a de­gree in quan­tum physics to keep up with where the char­ac­ters are within the Ter­mi­na­tor uni­verse – and where they’re headed.

The story isn’t helped ei­ther by the stu­dio’s ridicu­lous de­ci­sion to give away the film’s big­gest twist in the lat­ter trail­ers, but when Kalo­gridis and Lussier also fur­nish us with lazy plot de­vices like Kyle’s con­ve­niently in­for­ma­tive vi­sions, it’s ob­vi­ous we were al­ways go­ing to be a long way from the bril­liance of James Cameron’s in­tel­li­gently-scripted first two fran­chise en­tries.

For­tu­nately, cast and di­rec­tor are on sounder foot­ing than the writ­ing duo. Alan Tay­lor proved his block­buster cre­den­tials with 2013’s hugely en­ter­tain­ing Thor: The Dark World and he ef­fec­tively tips his hat to the me­tal­lic colour pal­ette of Ter­mi­na­tor 2, save for a brighter, mem­o­rable se­quence on the Golden Gate Bridge in­volv­ing a flip­ping school bus.

Although a lit­tle ac­tion-light, Tay­lor gets cre­ative with the Ter­mi­na­tor v Ter­mi­na­tor scraps and takes the novel step of us­ing Arnie as a tor­pedo. How­ever, the less said about the re­mark­ably dodgy CGI used to res­ur­rect the 1984 Sch­warzeneg­ger the bet­ter.

A hugely like­able Court­ney em­braces Kyle be­ing the main sto­ry­line fo­cus and Clarke chan­nels a young Linda Hamil­ton as a feisty Sarah, tak­ing her Game of Thrones form to the big screen.

And what of Arnie? He still looks like he’s hav­ing a ball and shares some nice fa­ther fig­ure mo­ments with Clarke. But, for the most part, he’s used as an ex­po­si­tion tool – and the comedic smiles are overused to the point of an­noy­ance.

On a par with the third and fourth en­tries, Genisys is a film that just seems to ex­ist to re­set the fran­chise for a new di­rec­tion to come.

But not in a thrilling Star Trek or Bat­man Be­gins way – more in un­der­whelm­ing fash­ion as it pines for past glo­ries.

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