Terminator 1 and 2 were great sci fi movies. Terminator 3 was a great summer action flick. Terminator: Salvation is an example of a franchise losing its way.
The actors are more robotic than the actual robots. Christian Bale's attempt at portraying John Connor falls flat -- he lacks any charisma whatsoever, giving his believers more of a feel of a cult than of a wartime leader. Sam Worthington is service but forgettable, and the rest of the crew is just, well, I guess they're just there.
The action scenes focus too much on big setpieces. The previous Terminator movies focused on brutal fights and chase scenes between Terminator units, but this film waits until the end to do that. Instead, it relies on CGI spectacle with giant robots, flying drones and self piloting motorcycles. It feels less like a Terminator film and more like a Transformer film.
The story itself isn't that interesting, either. Terminator 1-3 never showed us much of the future scenes, and now I know why -- they're not that interesting. People huddled in filthy camps while giant robots buzz about just doesn't give much to work with. Interactions with the modern world, such as the scenes with the police stations, waterways or malls in the previous films helped give them excitement. This movie lacks it -- people spend too much time hiding in rubble whenever a SkyNet machine approaches.
The movie is forgettable from nearly every standpoint, and hardly feels like a Terminator movie.
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They are trying to reboot the franchise after a half decade since the last movie. I suspect they will go for another one after this.
Plenty of action. I won't bother mentining much about the story. why give it away.
I'll assume they left all the good stuff on the Blu-Ray edition because there was a total ofd 31 minutes of extras on the second disc and notjing on the first. There is very little of any of the characters included in the movie. Which is surprising for a sci-fi/action movie where moszt movies could easily add an hour or so on the technology used [see second disc of Star Trek (2009)].
So if you like the extras, don't bother with this edition.
Terminator Salvation(released May/09)is a mixed bag of goodies starring Christian Bale as John Connor,Sam Worthington as Marcus Wright,Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese,Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Serena Kogan,Michael Ironside as General Ashdown and others.It is uneven and piecemeal,with two simultaneous plots which must ultimately mate,but the film takes its sweet time doing so. The story finds us first in 2003 with the death of an inmate,Worthington,who has signed his body over to Cyberdine systems rep Carter,for experimentation.Fast forward to 2013 and Bale has survived a terrible attack and has returned to a submarine commanded by Ironside,who is the resistance leader.The resistance plans to launch an all out attack on the Skynet facilities and have uncovered a plot to kill all the resistance leaders,including a civilian by the name of Kyle Reese.Everyone but John is unaware that Reese is his real father and that he must survive. Meanwhile Worthington has come to L.A. and he is saved from a machine attack by Reese,whose importance he is yet to know.They travel on and find the pilot of a downed resistance aircraft.Along the way back to the resistance HQ,Worthington steps on a land mine.At HQ the medical people discover Worthington is really a Cyborg.Bale doesn't trust him,of course,and jails him.Worthington escapes,but while on the run from Connor and company,Worthington saves Connor's life.He vows to help Bale rescue Reese from the Skynet facility. They arrive at Skynet and Worthington interfaces with the computer programming,learning about his roots and why he was created.They find Reese,but Bale has to do battle with a T-100 Terminator,with the face of Ahh-nold.This over they all escape,the facility is destroyed,but Bale is critically injured.The film ends as Worthington gives up his heart to Bale,so Connor may carrying on the battle. If the reconciliation of the two diverging plots had been made clearer as the film went on,and it hadn't taken the majority of the film to finally come together,this film would have been much better than it was.As it is it is a slow progression,jumping constantly from one story to the other.Other than the actual voice of Linda Hamilton/Sarah Connor's voice from the earlier Terminator movies,and a likeness of Ahh-nold on a T-1 late in the movie,there is little else to connect to the first three films,actor wise.The major characters like Connor and Reese are totally different actors.And unless the film could have made up for this disconnect by having a better edited and intelligent script(which it didn't),then it was doomed to fail.It was good to see actor Michael Ironside on board as the hard nosed resistance commander.If you need a real tight butted,ball busting superior,who is either normal,psycho,or somewhere in between,Mr.Ironside's is the guy to call. Technically speaking the film is in its w/s a/r of 2:35:1 and is clear and crisp.there are no extras. All in all a big disappointment.Two parallel plots which take most of the film to come together,leaves one bored as all get out and scratching ones head.Considering the talent on deck,this film should have been a winner,instead of a mediocre S/FX laden picture.
Got here fast and early. movie itself is more of an action movie than the science fiction paradox mindbender I was kindof hoping it would be. its a great simple action movie I guess. Not as good as 1 or 2 and lacks the amazing action scenes of 3 (crane truck chase) but a fun action movie with robots