Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin
Length: 115 min.
Release: May 21, 2009
In 2018, Skynet has destroyed most of humanity and survivors have been hiding underground from an army of machines, known as “Terminators”. After a failed attack on a Skynet base, John Connor, the man fated to lead the Resistance is the sole survivor. On the other hand, Marcus Wright, who only remembers being on death row, meets Kyle Reese and it is believed by Connor that he was sent from the future to kill him. Now Marcus and John must unlikely join forces in order to save Kyle Reese and the humans captured by the machines.
Keeping this one short.
This is a prime example of what happens when a “fanboy” of a franchise is put in charge…they ruin it.
Is Terminator Salvation terrible?…not entirely. Is it fun?…for the most part, yes. Is it a good movie?…not really. If you are really into action and don’t care much about a plot then this one is right up your alley. The writing is noticeably bad, the acting is mediocre at best (even from Christian Bale), and the story has the thinest of plot lines that breathes little excitement into the gravity of the situation and what is at stake.
With that said, the movie isn’t all bad. There are some incredible action sequences and the special effects are some amazing eye candy. In particular, the recreation of the original terminator from the 1980s was VERY impressive…if only short lived.
In the end, it’s not the greatest sci-fi movie. It’s not even a particularly good Terminator movie, but I did have fun. It gets 3 stars out of 5