Doing wonders with a very underpowered script, and almost overcoming the fact that she seems woefully miscast. I like Emilia Clark, I think she's a good actress with a real screen presence when she gets a chance to show it. But unfortunately the same slightness of form which makes her so effective in "Game of Thrones" feels like it works against her here - for me she is the least convincing of the three Sarah's in terms of "I've spent X years preparing to prevent The End and for what comes after if I fail". Linda Hamilton in "Terminator 2" convincingly looks like she has been preparing physically, Lena Heady was convincing as someone prepared to do absolutely anything necessary but bearing the weight of setting aside morality. Physically I think Clark looks too fragile, and I don't think that the script gives her enough to work with to sell the absolute determination that was needed to make the character work in the absence of the physicality. It is a shame, I think she is a very watchable actress, I just don't think she had a chance to be a really good Sarah Connor.
I also find myself rather saddened by the lack of any real thematic weight to the film. There is no real equivalent to The Terminators sense of the crushing inevitability of a fixed destiny, nor even Terminator 2's "if you thought you could change the inevitable what would you be prepared to do, and if you can't then what does it matter what you do?". Now neither of these are particularly deep and meaningful, but they are given a little more than lip service. By contrast it feels like Genisys is throwing out things as asides - literally in one case, where a character throws something that could have pervaded the whole last act out as a haphazard line and the rest of the film basically ignores it.
The action sequences also had two of my least-favourite aspects to them - the obsession with never having a stationary camera, and the prevalence of rather overblown CG gags which gives the whole affair a rather cartoonish feel.
This is a different person from that one. This is a person who has been raised by a Terminator, is not a mother, has not been in love (her only friend in most of her life has been a Terminator!), knows first hand that the future is not set and can be changed, and basically finds everything Terminator-ish quite normal. She has no real concept of 'normal' as the other Sarah Connor did. Because of her upbringing she considers a Terminator to be a family member and has no overall anti-robot sentiments. Almost a completely different person.
I liked Terminator 5 compared to 3 & 4. Did search Terminator Matt Smith while watching it to find out about the character. Then saw stuff about it not making much money in the US - but made loads in the UK. Then not sure if Matt Smith Skynet is going to return & that Skynet is