Movie Review – Terminator Salvation

Posted on May 24, 2009


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Terminator Salvation” is set in post-apocalyptic 2018, where John Connor (Christian Bale) is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators.  But the future that Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row.  Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past.  As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

The highly anticipated new installment of The Terminator film franchise, “Terminator Salvation” is directed by McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “We Are Marshall“).  The screenplay is by Michael Ferris and John Brancato.  Moritz Borman, Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek and Jeffrey Silver are the producers, with Jeanne Allgood, Dan Lin, Mario F. Kassar, Andrew G. Vajna and Joel B. Michaels serving as executive producers.

The film stars Christian Bale as John Connor (“The Dark Knight”), Sam Worthington as Marcus Wright (“The Great Raid”), Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese (“Star Trek“), Bryce Dallas Howard as Kate Connor (“Spider-Man 3”), Moon Bloodgood as Blair Williams (“What Just Happened?”), Common as Barnes,  (“Wanted”), Jane Alexander as Virginia (“The Unborn”), Jadagrace as Star  and Helena Bonham Carter as Serena Kogen  (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)

Ok, now for what I thought of the movie. I had pretty high expectations going to see this film. McG helming it had got me that way and the franchise itself is great. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.  The story is great, the effects are great the acting is good, but it only takes one thing to make a really good movie trash and in this case it was them falling back to a hand held camera for a lot of the shots. Instead of taking the time to frame the shots well they went the cheap route and gave some guy a hand held camera so that a lot of the movie is really jerky.  Most of you know how I really hate this lack of respect for the audience.

There are also a couple places in the movie where some things happen that just don’t make any sense.  However, there are some very interesting things that happen in the film.

All in all, I would have to say wait for the movie to come out on dvd or a movie channel and don’t waste your time and money at the theater.