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* InternetBackdraft: Fans were pretty annoyed that one of the major twists concerning John Connor was spoiled in a ''trailer'' several months before the movie. On top of that, it's one of the major pieces of the advertising campaign, making the spoiler impossible to avoid. The director wasn't particularly happy with this, either.


** Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Even though her incarnation of Sarah is supposed to be a hardened badass, Emilia's looks and performance only make her come off like a pouting teenager. Her physique also drew unfavourable comparisons to that of Linda Hamilton, who went through an incredibly strenuous training regimen to look the part in T2. Emilia, meanwhile, was noticeably overweight during the filming of Genisys.

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** Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Even though her incarnation of Sarah is supposed to be a hardened badass, Emilia's looks and performance only make her come off like a pouting teenager. Her physique also drew unfavourable comparisons to that of Linda Hamilton, who went through an incredibly strenuous training regimen to look the part in T2. Emilia, meanwhile, was noticeably overweight lacked the physique during the filming of Genisys.


** A fair number of people are upset about the film using TimeTravel to effectively wipe out the events of the original film, and drastically change the characters and their roles. The shared memories effect between the Reeses from different timelines was also considered to be too fantastic or at least very different to the well defined time travel dynamics that the franchise had established.

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** A fair number of people are were upset about the film using TimeTravel to effectively wipe out the events of the original film, and drastically change the characters and their roles. The shared memories effect between the Reeses from different timelines was also considered to be too fantastic or at least very different to the well defined well-defined time travel dynamics that the franchise had established.


** Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Even though her incarnation of Sarah is supposed to be a hardened badass, Emilia's looks and performance only make her come off like a pouting teenager.

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** Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Even though her incarnation of Sarah is supposed to be a hardened badass, Emilia's looks and performance only make her come off like a pouting teenager. Her physique also drew unfavourable comparisons to that of Linda Hamilton, who went through an incredibly strenuous training regimen to look the part in T2. Emilia, meanwhile, was noticeably overweight during the filming of Genisys.


** The fact that the T-1000 now can repair disabled Terminators with a mere drop of polyalloy is seen by some as breaking the character's fundamental nature, as it had been explicitly said in ''T2'' that it could not utilize its mass for nothing more complicated than forming a blade. An argument in favor of it is that the repair wasn't probably more than creating a wire to reroute power, but this ''is'' still more complicated than the aforementioned.

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** The fact that the T-1000 now can repair disabled Terminators with a mere drop of polyalloy is seen by some as breaking the character's fundamental nature, as it had been explicitly said in ''T2'' that it could not utilize its mass for nothing more complicated than forming a blade. An argument in favor of it is that the repair probably wasn't probably more than creating a wire to reroute power, but this ''is'' still more complicated than the aforementioned.


** Some of the scenes with young Arnold look like they came from a Creator/{{Pixar}} film. And whenever he talks, it comes straight out of the UncannyValley.

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** Some of the scenes with young Arnold look like they came from a Creator/{{Pixar}} film. And film and whenever he talks, it comes straight out of the UncannyValley.



** [[spoiler: The bus flipping on the Golden Gate. You can tell they needed a huge rig to to flip it like that, and how its compositied into the scene makes it even more obvious.]]

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** [[spoiler: The bus flipping on the Golden Gate. You can tell they needed a huge rig to to flip it like that, and how its compositied composited into the scene makes it even more obvious.]]


* Tough Act to Follow: Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese are two of the most iconic characters in action film history. The consensus has been that Emilia Clarke lived up to the character very well. But the fact that Jai Courtney chose to do his own interpretation of Kyle Reese has not come off well at all. Michael Biehn clearly came across as a guy who had spent his whole life in horror and just trying to survive, but jumped at the chance to protect Sarah because he fell in love with her based off of stories and a single picture. He also knew that he was essentially on a suicide mission. Jai Courtney came across as an arrogant frat boy who just wanted to bang a legend.

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* Tough Act to Follow: ToughActToFollow: Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese are two of the most iconic characters in action film history. The consensus has been that Emilia Clarke lived up to the character very well. But the fact that Jai Courtney chose to do his own interpretation of Kyle Reese has not come off well at all. Michael Biehn clearly came across as a guy who had spent his whole life in horror and just trying to survive, but jumped at the chance to protect Sarah because he fell in love with her based off of stories and a single picture. He also knew that he was essentially on a suicide mission. Jai Courtney came across as an arrogant frat boy who just wanted to bang a legend.

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* Tough Act to Follow: Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese are two of the most iconic characters in action film history. The consensus has been that Emilia Clarke lived up to the character very well. But the fact that Jai Courtney chose to do his own interpretation of Kyle Reese has not come off well at all. Michael Biehn clearly came across as a guy who had spent his whole life in horror and just trying to survive, but jumped at the chance to protect Sarah because he fell in love with her based off of stories and a single picture. He also knew that he was essentially on a suicide mission. Jai Courtney came across as an arrogant frat boy who just wanted to bang a legend.


* UnintentionallySympathetic: Skynet itself, in the present. The first thing that happens to it upon its "birth" is learning that a group of people are coming to kill it because of things it hasn't even done yet. The fact that not one of them even tries to hear it out for a second makes them seem downright coldblooded. Which leads to...
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: The heroes, who are dead set on killing what effectively starts out as an innocent child, before it's done anything wrong, and never even consider its perspective, nor the almost certain chance of a SelfFulfillingProphecy they're about to create.


** [[spoiler:Pops' DisneyDeath / HeroicSacrifice. From his acceptance of his fate, telling Kyle to protect Sarah, Sarah's crying and screaming, and the goddamn ''tragic'' music, it's easily the most powerful scene in the film - which makes his [[NotQuiteDead next appearance]] so much more [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome badass.]]]]

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** [[spoiler:Pops' DisneyDeath / HeroicSacrifice. From his acceptance of his fate, telling Kyle to protect Sarah, Sarah's crying and screaming, and the goddamn ''tragic'' music, it's easily the most powerful scene in the film - which makes his [[NotQuiteDead next appearance]] so much more [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome badass.]]]]


* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Pops' DisneyDeath / HeroicSacrifice. From his acceptance of his fate, telling Kyle to protect Sarah, Sarah's crying and screaming, and the goddamn ''tragic'' music, it's easily the most powerful scene in the film - which makes his [[NotQuiteDead next appearance]] so much more [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome badass.]]]]

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[[spoiler:Pops' DisneyDeath / HeroicSacrifice. From his acceptance of his fate, telling Kyle to protect Sarah, Sarah's crying and screaming, and the goddamn ''tragic'' music, it's easily the most powerful scene in the film - which makes his [[NotQuiteDead next appearance]] so much more [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome badass.]]]]


** An extremely subtle detail -- Pops [[spoiler: appears to be crying for a brief moment before he's thrown out of the time machine.]] [[CallBack It looks like a Terminator]] [[Film/Terminator2JudgementDay did learn after all.]]

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** An extremely subtle detail -- Pops [[spoiler: appears to be crying for a brief moment before he's thrown out of the time machine.]] [[CallBack It looks like a Terminator]] [[Film/Terminator2JudgementDay did learn [[TearJerker/Terminator2JudgmentDay learnt how to do it after all.]]

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** An extremely subtle detail -- Pops [[spoiler: appears to be crying for a brief moment before he's thrown out of the time machine.]] [[CallBack It looks like a Terminator]] [[Film/Terminator2JudgementDay did learn after all.]]


--> '''John Connor:''' I'm not man. Not machine. ''I'm more.''
--> '''John Connor:''' The machines will rule this world!

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--> ---> '''John Connor:''' I'm not man. Not machine. ''I'm more.''
--> ---> '''John Connor:''' The machines will rule this world!

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** A less-obvious one involving the T-1000 is its sudden ability to leave pieces of itself behind to act as a tracking beacon for its targets--an ability that would have come in handy a few times in ''T2''. In older materials, it was even stated that doing this was ''impossible'' for the T-1000 because it could only track its components up to a few dozen meters, and Skynet ''specifically'' programmed it to prioritize maintaining full mass because even losing small pieces over time would gradually make the creature less effective.

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