Saturday, May 30, 2009

Humans Vs. Machines: A Terminator Salvation Movie Review

This is judgement day. In contrast to the three previous Terminator movies which was first set in the 1980's, Terminator Salvation is set in the time when machines ruled the world and the humans struggle for survival.

Here, the viewers were given a peek of how John Connor played his part at the onset stage of the resistance and how his influence can actually lead the human resistance against Skynet and its hoard of Terminators.

Terminator Salvation is said to start the series of Terminator movies that would complement the latter two Terminator movies as this one fits the puzzles of Terminator I.

With the younger Kyle Reese meeting his 'older' son John Connor, Terminator fans' questions of what could have happened in apocalyptic 2018 has been answered in parts.

Christian Bale portrayed John Connor's character fittingly well in this war-themed movie. The love-hate relationship with newcomer Sam Worthington in Marcus Wright character was also an interesting angle in the movie.

I should say Sam Worthington has a great potential in the industry.

I admire the great effects and execution of cinematography in the first two-thirds of the movie, specially the 'awesomeness' of the giant terminator at the explosive gasoline station scene highlighted with two motorcycles coming out of its legs. (Transformers soundtrack start).

And with that level of expectation, the latter part was a disappointment starting from inside-the-Skynet sequences up to the end. The story-line and scenes were just too simplistic and predictable for the climax.

That aside, the movie gets a thumbs up and I am looking forward the upcoming two more installments in the next few years.

Other stars include Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese,
Bryce Dallas Howard as Kate Connor (previously for Charlotte Gainsbourg) , and Moon Bloodgood as Blair Williams. It's a Columbia Pictures movie and the film was directed by McG. Credits to TV5 for the special screening invite.

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