Westside Steve Posted June 9, 2009 Report Share Posted June 9, 2009 Terminator Salvation Warner Brothers PG 13 114 min OK I guess if I’m staying with the curve this issue we’ll need to rank TERMINATOR SALVATION with, uh, the other TERMINATOR flicks? I’m not sure if there’s an actual category “noisy plot free pieces of, well, you know” but maybe there should be. I guess you could toss PREDATOR, ALIEN and even PREDATOR vs. ALIEN in it. To be honest I haven’t been thrilled with any of the previous three TERMINATOR films. Though I didn’t blame Arnold Schwartzenegger, they just seemed like an excuse to use up whatever explosives and scrap metal they had laying around the set. Now Arnold is busy as the governor of California and the series tries to take on an aura of respectability with hot young Christian Bale as John Connor the legendary leader of the human resistance movement. If you recall the earth is under siege by evil machines programmed to wipe out the race. So we flash back to 2003 where an inexplicable cancerous Dr Kogan (Helena Bonham Carter) convinces death row inmate Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) to donate his body to science. He agrees and literally becomes a lean mean fighting machine; a cyborg with a mission. He’ll cross paths with Conner who is on some kind of time travel assignment to pinpoint and rescue his own father and thereby save the world. Or something. No matter what the plan, you can be assured that there is plenty of stuff getting blown up. Unfortunately it isn’t interesting enough to watch and to loud to sleep through. The machines (in the modern FX tradition of TRANSFORMERS) look pretty good and there’s even a prototype Arnold apparently made of latex. There’s also a little kid thrown in, a la MAD MAX for no apparent reason. I’d kind of hoped that this incarnation might have had more in the way of a plot but that isn’t the case in this man versus machine potboiler. C- WSS Westsidesteve@aol.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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