Excerpt: The "Terminator" franchise has been with his for quite a while now – 25 years this year, I think. Usually when a series gets to be that old, and starts trotting out 4th and 5th sequels, the filmmakers only have a few real options. One is to try and repeat the formula that worked so well the first time around as much as possible, regardless of all sense or logic (e.g. the upcoming "Saw VI").
Excerpt: New characters, new robots, and lots of action make "Terminator Salvation" a film well worth checking out. A weak ending definitely leaves audiences on a sour note, but ties to the original films add some fun touches.
Excerpt: Hey, you know what won't be back? An entire franchise, after Terminator Salvation gets done with it. What was once a fun, exciting, involving series of pop adventures has been turned into a grim, desaturated slog by director McG. Coming on the heels of Star Trek's giddy escapism, it's hard to see how this risible war film will provide moviegoers -- or Warner Bros. -- with any jolts whatsoever.
Conclusion: If I were asked to make a list of the three biggest blockbuster busts of 2009, 'Terminator Salvation' wouldn't be among my picks. Now that doesn't mean the film is great by any means and it certainly doesn't hold a candle to James Cameron's entries, but considering some of the year's other disasters it could have been far worse.
Excerpt: The year is 2018. Judgment Day has come and gone, leveling modern civilization. An army of Terminators roams the post-apocalyptic landscape, killing or collecting humans where they hide in the desolate cities and deserts. But small groups of survivors have organized into a Resistance, hiding in underground bunkers and striking when they can against an enemy force that vastly outnumbers them.
Excerpt: Herein lies the issue with Terminator Salvation : It doesn’t need to exist. It neither expands the mythology or introduces any concepts that effect the previous films. What it does is blow things up… a lot. While probably not a record holder for explosions in a film, it’s the one lasting memory you’ll take away. Action exists purely to exist in Salvation .
Excerpt: The Movie The first Terminator movie without the name "Schwarzenegger" in the credits, Terminator Salvation is also set entirely (save for the prologue) in the post-"Judgment Day" future, specifically 2018. Here the unscarred, still-learning hero of the human resistance John Connor (Christian Bale, snarling his lines Dark Knight -style) is fighting the good fight against various robot minions of the self-aware Skynet defense grid, essentially a supercomputer determined...
Summary: Everybody deserves a second chance . Unlike this summer's mega-blockbuster Star Trek , Terminator Salvation isn't a re-imaging of a fan-favorite series but rather an extension of the established universe and an expansion of the story line that further builds upon Terminator lore. The result is a fast-paced special-effects-extravaganza that also happens to shoulder a logically sound story within the confines of franchise canon and, at its very center, the film proves...
Excerpt: Please say hello to 2009’s first big summer blockbuster . Er, okay, maybe its second big summer blockbuster . Well, either way, Terminator Salvation is most certainly going to be a big money maker for Warner Bros. this summer. And why not? Starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington, and following on the footsteps of Terminator 3 (or Terminator 2, if you prefer to pretend that Terminator 3 never happened, much like myself) Salvation has a lot going for it.
Excerpt: For months McG has seemed as uncertain as anyone that he deserved to take over the Terminator franchise, promising fans and the media over and over that he wouldn't ruin what James Cameron created over 20 years ago. There was a definite "the lady doth protest too much" quality to it, a sense that deep down he knew the movie wasn't any good, and hoped that by taking the first strike against himself the fans might go easier on him.