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27
May
09

Terminator Salvation

terminator-salvation-posterTerminator fans your time has come! Last week saw the release of Terminator Salvation, the forth installment of the Terminator saga. I know right, crazy exciting. If you are anything like me, Terminator was definitely a movie staple growing up. I am pretty sure the first pair of boobs I ever saw were Linda Hamilton’s from the first Terminator. I then became a fan of Guns and Roses because of “You could be mine” in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (I am not addressing the third Terminator movie on purpose, let’s pretend it didn’t happen). Going in with an extremely critical mind, I came out of the theater impressed and happy to finally have another good Terminator movie to add to my collection. Terminator Salvation takes place in the future where John Connor (Played by Christian Bale; Keep your robotic pants on ladies) is leading the resistance against Skynet. But the future is not exactly how his mother, Sarah Connor, predicted. Skynet has developed a new Terminator that believes it is actually human. John Connor must fight the clock to save his teenage father, Kyle Reese, and battle his inner knowledge of how the future is supposed to turn out.

Quick Back Story GO!

Kyle Reese was sent back in time by the resistance to protect Sarah Connor from a terminator who was sent back in time to kill her. Sarah Connor is the mother of John Connor who will grow up and lay the smack down on the machines. Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor get it on after making pipes bombs (I know, that turns me on too) and Kyle knocks her up. He was sent back in time by John Connor but is actually John’s father..MIND TRIP. Ok deep breath…..and moving on.

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If you are a fan of Terminator you will not be disappointed. Director McG had the arduous task of portraying life after judgment day. In the previous Terminators the audience got a sneak peek into how life would be battling for the existence of humanity. He did an excellent job of providing a back story that supports the previous movies very well. The plot line all and all was very predictable, but entertaining enough that it did not take away from the overall goal. Also the look of the movie was perfect for the emotion it was trying to convery. The entire movie had a gritty hue that almost seemed like there was a constant ash falling. The earth has been nearly destroyed by the machines, and there is no better way to portray this then by sucking the color and feeling out of everything.

With a sci-fi movie, there is always a risk of cheaply made CG effects. So many movies have suffered due to fake, cheesy looking FX. Thank you Terminator Salvation for not ruining this movie with big cartoonish robots. CG is used strategically, only when absolutely needed. There is a scene in the beginning of the movie that has a continuous shot of John Connor flying and crashing a helicopter. The camera follows him up, and then spinning down, against a background of a beautiful grey, torn landscape. This shot obviously used green screen, but it was done to perfection. It looks like you are there fighting along side Connor. The only thing I thought was unnecessary was a sudo cameo by Arnold. I do not want to say any more, no need to ruin the surprise. Also the Terminators seemed to be mostly animatronics which made them much more realistic. Again CG is only used on the robots when it is absolutely necessary.

For the fans of the previous Terminator films, T4 adds some nostalgia. We now know that John Connor loves to ride a motorcycle to the music of Gun and Roses, and that Kyle Reese will always say, “Come with me if you want to live”. These little things are found throughout the movie, reminding us of who the characters are, and where they have been. Terminator Salvation also sees the introduction of Marcus Wright played by Sam Worthington. Wright is an ex-con who donated his body to science and wakes up in 2018 as a Cyborg. Wright’s character adds an interesting dynamic to the movie. Wright, who is half man, half machine, thinks he is actually human. He is a lot like Frankenstein’s monster, in that he is continuously fighting against his inner identity. There is great symbolism in this character, showing that humanity will always prevail. John Connor is obviously a Jesus figure. I do not think both of their initials are “JC” by accident. He is the savior of all mankind, so it is easy to see why they would make him into a prophet figure. They could have expanded on Connor’s role a little bit more, but I think it is something they will save for the next two movies. Also it is funny to see that Christian Bale has fallen into the “Hard Whisper” category of actors. There were plenty of times in the movie that John Connor can be mistaken for the Dark Knight with his breathy pleas. We get it, the whisper makes you seem more bad ass. What happened to the good days of yelling to show distress?

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If you like the Terminator Saga go see this movie. Shoot, if you don’t, go see this movie. Terminator Salvation has everything fans of the old movies want, and new exciting action that will keep new comers entertained. I will now hang on to a chain as I am slowly lowered into hot metal….Cue my Guns and Roses!

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