I was really excited to see this movie. So much so that I even wrote something about it on this blog when the trailer first came out. Then came all the bad reviews.
I was eventually going to see it, but with such negativity surrounding the film, there’s no way I was going to see it in theatre and spend money on a movie that might be terrible. Now that the movie has come out on DVD, I finally gotten around to seeing it.
Terminator Salvation takes place a few years after Terminator 3:Rise of the Machine, 2018 to be exact. John Connor is deeply entrance in the resistance against the machine as they are currently in the middle of the war. In an attempt to defeat them, the resistance intelligence comes up with a way to destroy the machine once and for all, but before they can do that, they must find Kyle Reese, John’s father, who is actually trying to find John with the help of Marcus, a convict from the year 2003 who was put to death by lethal injection, but not before he donated his body to science. The problem, Kyle Reese and John Connor are the machines number one and number two on their hit list.
Yeah, that sounds a little bit like this could suck, it could just be my writing, or it could be that it actually did suck. This movie had so many plot holes, for example, how the heck did the machine know about Kyle Reese? Did a Mac G5 go into the future to tell the machines that Kyle is sent to the past? No, there’s no way the machines should know anything about Kyle Reese, so why put him on their hit list. In Salvation, he’s a nobody. That’s just one of the many plot holes in this movie. I wonder if they decided to throw out any of the story arc that the previous three movie had. This is what happens when James Cameron doesn’t have anything to do with the production, at least in Terminator 3, he helped write it. After watching this movie, you are left at exactly the same place you were before you watched it. This movie doesn’t progress the Terminator story arc at all.
Yes, the action was pretty cool, but that was pretty much all the movie had. I don’t know what it is about all these movies I’ve been watching, but this one was the same as the last couple movies I’ve watched and that this movie was very impersonable. Once again, you really don’t care what happens to any of the characters in this movie, well maybe Marcus, but he’s not the lead.
As I watched this 2 hour time killer, I wondered how many movies of Christian Bale have I liked him in. The Batmans, were the only movies which I liked him in, which is not entirely correct, I like him as Batman, but didn’t like him as Bruce Wayne. I like Equilibrium, but not really him in it. Just saw Public Enemies and hated him in that. And I hated Empire of the Sun, because of him. I am realizing that I’m not a fan of Christian Bale. And after that tirade he had on set of this movie, I’ve also lost all respect for him, and McG for that matter.
Terminator Salvation looked like it had potential of being a good addition to the Terminator franchise, but that was before I knew what the story of the movie was. The action was cool to watched, but the story had too many plot hole to care what was going on in the movie, and the directing made the characters impersonable to the audience. I can see why this had so many bad reviews and I’m glad I waited to see this movie, instead of spend money at the theater. This was a big fail and probably the down fall of the Terminator franchise, even though a fifth movie seems to be in the talk.
Terminator Salvation gets a 2 out of 5.
I’m not going to lie, this is the first time I see this trailer version. Had I seen it beforehand, I would have never been excited to see this movie.
and a bonus for anyone who don’t know what I was talking about earlier.
I’m sorry, you’re a fucking actor, you have no right, you have the easiest job in the world and you get paid a ton. I understand acting is an art, but you could have nicely said something, instead of completely flip out. I work on set of big features and the unprofessional was you, Mr. Bale. Just because you are doing a scenes doesn’t mean the crew stops working, if that was the case, a movie would take twice maybe three times as long to make. McG didn’t help the matters by pussing out. I just checked Shane’s imdb and it looks like he hasn’t had a job since Salvation, I hope that it’s not true, he isn’t the best DP, but that wasn’t his fault.
PS — I would have totally been blacklisted, because I would have defended myself.