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Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (2009) PG-13 130min mini-review

May 21st, 2009 by Maxim · No Comments · 13,520 Views

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The long-awaited sequel to the Terminator trilogy was directed by McG, written by John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris. Starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Helena Bonham Carter and Michael Ironside.

The plot: After the Judgement Day, John Connor (Christian Bale) is now the leader of the resistance. Well, one of the leaders. In fact he is not a leader – he’s a soldier that everybody listens to, but he’s still subordinate to the command center, which is somewhere on Earth, and in hiding. Mostly the resistance is busy shooting at targets of opportunity, but not very effectively. But at least resistance have got a lucky break – a way to disable the machines temporarily, which should give the resistance an edge in fighting the machines. Everything is set up now for a final attack on Sky-Net’s core, but John Connor finds out that Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin) is actually taken prisoner by the machines and is held there at the machines’ base. John Connor must save his future father before the imminent attack on the machines, and he gets help from an unexpected friend – a cyborg.

The good:

  1. Lots of action and chases.
  2. Lots of CGI machines that nicely integrate with the environment, and rendered with a lot of attention to detail. Comparable to the Transformers.
  3. Yes, they have hot pilot women with long hair and tight leather pants – and not playing hard-to-get either.
  4. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton make a brief appearance too… in a way.
  5. There’s some suspense there

The bad:

  1. Lots of continuity problems.
  2. Naturally for the genre problems with physics and logic.
  3. Not clear where the cyborg came from – did he just come out of the dirt like Orcs in LOTR?
  4. John Connor is listening to his mother’s tapes non-stop every day – looking for something he might have missed over the past 25 years of listening to them.
  5. The cold-blooded and rational killing machines, the terminators, love to kill the main character as slowly as possible. Why can’t they just shoot him?
  6. Everything was destroyed by the nuclear weapons, but there’s no nuclear fallout, the cars are full of fuel and the batteries are charged. Etc. Etc.
  7. Too much growling and tooth-grinding

The summary: This is the least interesting of the terminators – the other ones were basically chase movies, but this one doesn’t have as much chase anymore.

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Sci-Fi · Thrillers/Suspense

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