Terminator Salvation 0.0 stars

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Alias T4. If, as an exercise in nostalgia, you can recollect the delectable feeling at the end of T1 (as it was not yet known) — a storm on the horizon, a bun in the oven — you would be hard put to look upon its three successors as anything but a redundancy, a prosaic elucidation of the better-left-unsaid, an undermining of the original concept, an overplaying of the dealt hand, an extraneous climax overextended into an anticlimax, nothing to do with aesthetics, only economics. That probably won’t trouble the army of thrill-seekers, immune to nostalgia, who can content themselves with thunderous sound effects, video-game action, music-video atmospherics (desaturated color, clouds of smoke, sheets of rain, showers of sparks), comic-book dialogue (“Point a gun at someone, you better be ready to pull the trigger”), and a hodgepodge of robots more “primitive” in design, but not in FX technology, than the Arnold Schwarzenegger model: a towering Transformer-bot, roadworthy motorcycle-bots, amphibious alligator-bots, airborne Stealth-bots, metal skeleton-bots. With Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, and Bryce Dallas Howard; directed by McG. 2009.

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shizzyfinn May 22, 2009 @ 6:11 p.m.

Man, was Terminator Salvation written like crap. Several moments of intense cheesiness. Several instances where the film relies on unrealistic expository dialog to fill viewers in on what's going on. Plot holes big enough for Arnold to drive a semi through. And it's all capped off with an ending that leaves suggests the filmmakers have no remorse.

On the other hand, some parts of T4 are so bad, they're enjoyable. There's the rainbow coalition of grumpy old men -- one American, one Asian, one European, one African -- who manage the resistance from under the sea. There's the fact that the evil machines come with handy USB ports, allowing resistance members to plug in equally handy override devices when need be. There's the contribution from actor/rapper Common, which is so wooden and meaningless -- watch for his unintentional laugh line "It's beautiful" -- that he was obviously inserted solely to puff up ticket sales a few extra percent by pulling in the hip-hop demographic.

Admittedly, I got good laughs out of each of these moments. But T4 ain't meant to be a comedy, and the further I got from the theater, the more I felt ripped. T1 and T2 were truly amazing action flicks that blended an intriguing story with cool characters, bad-ass action, and magic special effects. T3 was an insult to fans, and T4 extends that insult.

If you're like me, you'll hold out hope and see the movie despite what everyone is telling you. And you'll sulk away with a lighter wallet and nothing to show for it but frustration and Red Vines-coated teeth.

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Gian Ghio May 25, 2009 @ 4:55 p.m.

Another unnecessary chapter in the Terminator series. The movie had potential early on but quickly turned into a large continuous battle sequence between the Resistance and Skynet with a few brief interruptions so Christian Bale could shout at somebody. The visual effects and sound were excellent but that was about where the greatness stopped. The story was weak and intentionally left open at the end (presumably so they can make another sequel) leaving you wanting some type of closure when it was done. The star of the movie was Sam Worthington who played the resurrected semi-cyborg Marcus Wright. Anton Yelchin also did a great job as John Connor’s father, Kyle Reese. He is a growing star and should continue to do well in leading roles.

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rickeysays May 27, 2009 @ 6:22 p.m.

This movie BLEW!!! Not blew up, just BLEW!

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eco_ninja June 1, 2009 @ 8:59 p.m.

Salvation is definitely one of the more underwhelming titles in the Terminator series. In Salvation, John Connor is all grown up, and, apparently, he’s the friggin’ Batman. He walks around on screen like a bad ass, busting up robots left and right, delivering one-liners in a voice akin to a rusty chain saw--just like Batman. Anyway, while Christian Bale was busy playing the post-apocalyptic caveman (which often had no apparent relevance to plot progression), the show was stolen away by convincing, and, occasionally, touching performances by Sam Worthington and Moon Bloodgood--a woman with way too many tandem Os in her name.

However, despite the weak story, the movie still had lot to offer artistically. What it lacked in plot, it made up for with beautiful special effects and relentless action scenes. Effectively, the movie was more of a statement than a story--a statement about the endless and gory war between Man and Machine. So if you’re in a particularly artsy mood, or if you’re just a die-hard fan of the series, go ahead and spend ten bucks to watch Salvation.

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