BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +3
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5
WILDCARD SCORE: +5
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
Yes, Sarah Connor is primarily defined as the mother of John Connor [why this is a problem], but she is almost the poster girl for demonstrating that this does not have be a reductive role for a woman to play in a story. She is the exception that proves the rule.
TOTAL SCORE: +0 -0
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Laeta Kalogridis) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Sarah Connor is now a character of mythic status, one who combines motherhood with strength and determination and a fierce love, all of which drives her as a character and makes her motherhood about her and her personal journey, rather than rendering her merely a supporting character in her child’s life. And all that remains true here. Alas that she is almost the only woman in the film (a female cop who appears briefly in a few scenes is the only other).
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Terminator Genisys! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Terminator Genisys.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)