I just saw this. The beginning of the movie was kind of neat. Seeing the future the way Kyle describes it in the original movie was cool. And Kyle is sent back in time. But then it gets pretty goofy.
Jai Courtney is just so mediocre. Arnold as the "Pops" terminator isn't nearly as endearing as the T800 in Terminator 2 send to protect young John, since that movie actually had scenes of bonding between John and the Terminator. The fight scenes with the new nano-Terminator just seem so arbitrary. They can decide that this new machine is capable of pretty much anything at any given moment, which makes it less exciting to watch action sequences. In retrospect Terminator 1 and 2 did a really good job in establishing what the T800 and T1000 could do, and then used those rules well to make really exciting action sequences. The nanobot Terminator thing was just established at having magnets as its weakness, but apart from that, it could decompose and recompose at will, sometimes superfast, sometimes slowly and with great effort? It was just a mess. It's hard to get excited about an action sequence when you're not even sure what rules this thing is supposed to follow.
Oh well, good riddance at this being a failure.
I really do need to watch the original Terminator again. If there's one thing that whole starting sequence of the movie has done, it's given me a real appreciation for what a classic the original movie is, and how much better it handled the mood, the lighting, the music, and the action.