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A lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing, but fun none the less. IGN reviews Terminator Salvation.
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Terminator Salvation Movie Review
Eric Moro: Hey guys, this is Eric.
Chris Monfette: This is Chris.
Eric Moro: And we are here to talk Terminator Salvation, the fourth installment in the Terminator movie franchise follows John Connor as he leads a small band of humans against Skynet and the robot set in the year 2016. Pretty much finally gives us that first glimpse of the robot apocalypse that we have been waiting for. So, let’s get right into it Chris and the first thing I want to talk about is director McG, who takes over the film here. And he is kind of up there in that level of kind of fan hatred as Brett Ratner.
Chris Monfette: Yes, somewhere in the stratosphere but he does a really confident job here. I think if you don’t factor in we are marshal, I think in a way that this is a least stylized movie. There is not as many sorts of wiz bang camera tricks and techniques as you’ve seen in something like Charlie’s Angels.
And I think he does a very good job handling the action sort of moving the mechanics of the movie from A to B to C. There is an action sequence in the film that starts with the appearance of a giant robot and concludes on a bridge that I think is 10 or 15 minutes of some of the best action and directing we’ve seen in a while. But it’s really the pacing and the script that provide them the most problems.
Eric Moro: Yeah, I am going to agree with you, he really nails the actions and the visual effects I mean, these are visual effects on a level that he hasn’t dealt with before. And he really nails it there but for me the problem was the fact that the movie moved too quickly. It never gave me a chance to kind of slow down and connect with anyone character.
Chris Monfette: This movie sort of suffers from something that the first two movies did exceptionally well which is to have those moments where you have a mother and a son, or you have the son trying to learn to care for this terminator who’d previously tried to kill his mother and then you had moments that actually explained the time travel to you. And sort of setup the drama, none of that exist here. McG, sort of blows by that to get to the action and just advance the plot.
Eric Moro: Let’s talk about the new face of John Connor, Christian Bale, opposite of McG. He is a fan favorite so people were buzzing about his appearance.
Chris Monfette: He is good in the movie. He plays the more grizzled world born John Connor. It is definitely an evolution from what we’d seen in the previous films but he is sort of suffers from being a little bit of a window character here. There is a little sort of a Madge to the mythology of John Connor that exist some among the Resistance. That is interesting but it is not really played out that much.
Eric Moro: Yeah. I think my problem was that this movie left me wanting to see another installment with more of John Connor because in this film, you know Christian Bale actually shares the hero screen time with Sam Worthington. So in a fact, it is like well who is my main hero? And who shall, I would be rooting from here?
Chris Monfette: And Sam Worthington really gets the bulk of the drama of the movie. I mean trailer gives this away so I don’t think it is a spoiler, he is a playing a robot who believes he to be human. And that is really the theme of the movie is can you make a choice to be more than just a machine. And subsequently he plays that really well and the audience cares more about his character and they do almost anybody else in the film.
Eric Moro: Let’s talk about how this film fits in the overall mythology established in the Terminator franchise. I love time travel, I get it, I read, I dig movies about it but this one has me often confused. Just too much before it, too many change.
Chris Monfette: Right, there is a line in the movie where Christian Bale as John Connor says, "This isn’t the war that my mother told me about.” And in a way that is the sort of the line that you have to use to excuse the mythology problem. It does not stick to the timeline presented into the original films. And so if you just sort of look at it as the efforts of the Terminator to kill John and Sarah Connor in the previous movies have pushed back the war but you can’t change fate, it was inevitable and then just let yourself to have a good time.
Eric Moro: This is so frustrating to have that whole like but we blew up the Skynet facility but there is another one that exist somewhere else so the war continues, this is so frustrating. Alright, give us your star rating and your final thoughts.
Chris Monfette: We are going to give this movie three stars, it is definitely entertaining. It is a nice visual action pack movie and it just feels a little not pointless but it doesn’t add anything to the mythology. It doesn’t build the sort story of Terminator. So at most, it is an entertaining summer big block buster action flick. But it is nowhere near the sort of high quality of something like Terminator 2.
Eric Moro: I am going to say that Terminator 2, T2 was still the benchmark for this franchise. Well there you have it for more Terminator Salvation coverage, be sure to check out Movies.IGN.com.