Excerpt: Skynet became self-consient at the start of the 21st Century and saw humanity as a threat. The result was Judgment Day where the computer AI launched an all-out attack on mankind. A large part of humanity has been killed and the survivors are faced with a war against the machines.
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...
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.
Conclusion: The name Terminator used to be synonymous with Arnold, but he's moved on and perhaps so should Hollywood. Salvation is anything but for the once-venerable franchise, large-scale and high-octane but left searching for a soul, like some misguided cyborg, or maybe just in dire need of a point.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Looks like all the trouble the Connor family got into fighting terminators over the years was for naught. In the first three films and the recently canceled TV series, they battled robotic intruders—and an increasingly paradoxical timeline—to prevent a machine-dominated apocalyptic future, but...