View Full Version : [Movie] Terminator Salvation

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05-25-2009, 06:30 PM

Plot Synopsis:

"In the fourth installment of the Terminator series, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the eventual leader of mankind's fight againts the machines. The setting is 2018, focusing on the war between the humans and the computer network Skynet. Anton Yelchin co-stars as soldier Kyle Reese, and Sam Worthington appears as new terminator Marcus Wright."

Admitedly, it wasn't until just weeks ago when I decided to watch the first two entries in the Terminator series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first film, with its terrific action, compelling story, and solid performances. Judgment Day instantly became one of my top 20 favorite movies of all time, expanding upon everything that made part one such an engaging film. Now, going into Terminator Salvation, I wasn't interested in whether or not it would top the first two films; what I received was a fun but ultimately unnecessary entry.


Much like this month's Wolverine (and, frankly, the majority of all other summer blockbusters), I found Terminator Salvation to be little more than an action film. However, unlike Fox's X-Men prequel, nearly every bit of the action in Salvation is spectacular. Rather than relying on the frenetic shakey-cam "technique" that has plagued so many recent action films, the camera observes what's going on.

The acting is, overall, decent. Sam Worthington is especially great as Marcus Wright, and Anton Yelchin (or "Chekov from Star Trek") does a solid job, surprisingly, portraying the young Kyle Reese. Now, despite being a terrific actor, I never bought Christian Bale as man's only hope. He's not a very compelling voice on the radio, to be honest, and what heroic deed he accomplishes to inspire so many people is never really shown. In fact, it almost felt as though John Connor was, dare I say, shoehorned into this movie, as the plot mostly seems to center around Marcus and his struggle. As a result, there is next to no character development from anybody (again, aside from Marcus), and the movie simply goes from set-piece to set-piece.

Despite being an unnecessary entry in the series, Terminator Salvation is entertaining. The action sequences are terrific and most of the performances are solid. However, there isn't much for these actors to work with, as the characters they're portraying are severely underdeveloped. Whereas the first two Terminators strived to be so much more, Salvation proves to be nothing more, and nothing less, than a straight-forward action flick.


05-27-2009, 08:46 PM
This is in Theaters, You Should Wrap this in Spoilers.

Great Review Though!

05-30-2009, 12:17 PM
I totally agree with ur verdict. The ending is way to open for a sequel

06-02-2009, 09:16 AM
Like syrup said, the end shows signs that there may be a sequel, and although this was alright, the sequel seems like a bad idea.

06-02-2009, 07:47 PM
i heard there was going to be another trilogy and this was just the first movie. i also heard in the next movie they're going to explain the time-travel thing completely.