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Terminator Salvation (Director's Cut) (2009)

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"Tell Them...I'll be Back..." Terminator Salvation Re-ignites the Franchise!

  • Jun 3, 2009
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There are going to be a lot of purists for the original films who are not going to have a lot of good things to say about this film...including James Cameron.  As much as I am a "child of the times" and enjoy originals just the way they are, reboots are a great thing to re-ignite some dying franchises.  Part of what makes Terminator so great is all of its time paradoxes.  You can do anything with this great franchise, something that late Sarah Connor Chronicles proved.  What people have to realize is that time doesn't stop in reality, you have to move along with the times or you're able to get lost in the past which is what Terminator is all about.  Sure, I would have liked the film a bit more if they had incorporated some of the TV show into the movie, but McG did a great job incorporating themes from the original films into his new vision of the Terminator universe.

When John Connor and the resistance realize that the human race is losing the war against the machines, the High Command comes across a code that could completely compromise and neutralize skynet.  Even more disturbing than the thought of losing the war is when Connor and his army come into contact with a machine who thinks he is a man named Marcus Wright.  Wright, under heavy suspicion from Johns soldiers, informs Connor that skynet has Kyle Reese, Johns father.  Knowing full well what will happen if the machines kill Reese, John Connor and Wright are forced to work together in order to save the future...

Everyone can say that Christian Bale is a great actor, and he is, but what makes this movie click is the whole cast.  I'm talking about Sam Worthington even though I did have some issues with him which I will talk about later, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anton Yelchin and Moon Bloodgood.  Without this ensemble of actors, Terminator Salvation turns into one giant action flick.  Even though Bale is the star of this film, my favorite character in the movie was Kyle Reese played by Yelchin.  Yelchin is going to be a star with the way he is moving through roles.  First as Chekov in Star Trek and now as Kyle.  He has already been in some epic films.  I just love the attitude he gave off in the film; he played it like he was young, but weathered and smart, having to adapt to his environment.

To a lot of people, Salvation was just an expensive explosion, just action and no heart, but that is just not the case.  Within all of the action in this film, which was awesome by the way, was an amazing story.  In one situation, John Connor knowing that he is on the losing side of a terrible war, finding out that the key to their future, his father Kyle who doesn't even know he is his father yet, is being held prisoner by Skynet.  Then the other story, a man who was supposed to die in Marcus Wright, but given another chance at life...just not in the way he could have imagined.  This is a film that is all about the future, the main subject matter of all the Terminator films and McG and his crew did a great job balancing these stories with great action sequences.

Sam Worthington was honestly my biggest problem with this film.  For one thing he just couldn't harness his Australian accent to a point were it actually got unbearable at points to hear him speak as his accent would go on and off, from American to Australian.  It also didn't help his cause much when he was sharing dialogue with the best accent worker in the business, Christian Bale.  Besides the fact that Worthington really needs to work on his accent, he also needs to take some more acting lessons, focusing on consistency.  I mentioned above that he really helped make Salvation an ensemble piece, but there were a lot of points during this film where he would switch from almost being monotone and not caring about what was going on in a scene to then all of a sudden switch back and really be able to make a scene really deep and heavy.  Like Anton Yelchin, Sam Worthington is definitely going to be a star, but he has a ways to go before that happens.

I'm honestly hoping for a sequel to Terminator Salvation.  I feel like McG has taken this franchise and made it his own animal.  He has a big ball to run with now and I think he can do some pretty exciting work and come up with some new material to continue in this world.  I have to say that if you are a bigger fan of the television series The Sarah Connor Chronicles, then you might like this film more then fans of the original films.  Check this out while it is still in theaters, 4/5. 
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June 13, 2009
Ah, I see you did review the film as well. Totally agree with you on this one. Yelchin is becoming one of the most talented young actors in the business. He manages to capture the Kyle Reese character despite looking little to nothing like Michael Biehn.
June 07, 2009
nice work, Husher. Although, we are on opposite sides of the fence, I see where you're coming from. I just have major issues believing that Skynet Central would be so vulnerable and that the resistance could have an airfield. I saw several inconsistencies to the first two films, mayhap the result of numerous time travels, but I just wish that the script could have been better. Thanks for the review!
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Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Terminator Salvationrestores some of the balance of huge freakin' explosions and emotionally compelling plot to theTerminatorseries. Set entirely after the nuclear assault that left the computer system Skynet in control of the world,Terminator Salvationfollows 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. Into the midst of this struggle tumbles Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington, who would later star in James Cameron'sAvatar); the last thing he remembers was being executed in prison decades before. Baffled, he falls into company with Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin,Star Trek) and a mute little girl, who soon get captured--but Wright then meets and bonds with Blair Williams (Moon Bloodgood,Eight Below), a resistance fighter who remains loyal to the confused Wright even though Connor suspects he's not what he seems--or what he believes himself to be.Terminator Salvationisn't the astonishing synthesis of action and feeling that eitherThe TerminatororT2were; the plot threads are poorly woven and fray completely in the last third of the movie. Despite this,Terminator Salvationhas at least two skillfully orchestrated action sequences that will get your heart racing, and Worthington’s beguiling mixture of toughness and vulnerability gives his relationship with Bloodgood a genuine pulse. It's imperfect, but compared ...
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Director: McG
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
Runtime: 117 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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