(Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2009 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Set entirely after the nuclear assault that left the computer system Skynet in control of the world, Terminator Salvation follows John Connor (Christian Bale) as he grapples with both murderous robots and his superiors in the resistance, who aren’t sure they believe the prophecies that Connor is destined to save humanity.
DVD Verdict: Let me begin this by saying that I am a very big Terminator fan. I loved the three previous films, the third being the weakest in my opinion, and even loved the way that the television series was so true to the mythology of The Terminator.
Though the Terminator Salvation did stay true to the mythology in terms of characters, location and historic story development.it simply fell short. Mc.G is an okay director....though the only thing I really half like of his is Charlies Angels full throttle. The cast is outstanding, and do put in a good performance...but the overall story of the film is wanting.
Unlike the previous Terminator outings this film is not about fighting the future...instead this film is about a futuristic fight. The Terminator story line was simplified into a futuristic war movie. Don't get me wrong...it was kinda cool to see the war with the machines in live action...but they could have and should have done more to make this story not only follow the mythology but "feel" like a Terminator film, quite literally you could have called this film Transformers 1.5 and it would have been just as good.
The need for the future to be unknown, changing, and chasing after the present is one of the coolest things about the Terminator movie franchise and is one of the things that is desperately missing from this film...and keeps it from fitting comfortably in the Terminator series.
I literally felt robbed after this film, not only does the film not feel like a Terminator movie...but after its all said and done, as a viewer you realize that it was nothing more than a set up for a squeal. The failure for the Production Team to get the idea of the Terminator Mythos correct is devastating to this movie, and the shotty writing and reliance on spacial effects to carry the film is it's downfall.
And so, overall ... yep, I think this is the worst Terminator movie so far. Does it kill the series for me? No. I realize that every series has to have a low point. Now if T5 is as bad as this movie, then the series may well be dead for me. I hope by the time it comes out, Christian Bale can muster up some non-bruce wayne acting skills and pull off a respectable John Connor.
I still think this movie is worth seeing and if you aren't a HUGE Terminator fan like me, then you will probably like this movie. The movie, by itself is decent. The movie, when put with the other Terminator movies, not so decent. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Warner Blu-Ray Promo (16:9 enhanced video - 1:43)
'Sherlock Holmes' Theatrical Trailer (2:22)
Batman: Arkham Asylum Video Game Trailer (1:55)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season Two BD/DVD Trailer (:32)
Terminator Salvation Graphic Novel Official Movie Prequel Digital Comic Trailer (:39)
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