Terminator Salvation Review
Written by: Meh
As normal, this review is spoiler free. I hate having my movies spoiled and actually had an element in this film ruined for me before I saw it so I wont ruin it for you. Tonight I drove to Toronto for an early public showing of Terminator Salvation the latest in the Terminator Franchise and I can say enjoyed it. I am a die hard fan of the franchise and after the let down that was Terminator 3 its nice to see Terminator make a turn for the better in Terminator Salvation.
The highly anticipated new installment of “The Terminator” film franchise is set in post-apocalyptic 2018. John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future that Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
Right off the bat as much as the film is true to the time line and respects all three past films it is also its own animal. You see right off the bat that the future is different and Skynet has for a lack of a better term, evolved. The three main characters Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin and Christian Bale deliver outstanding performances with a special prop going to Sam Worthington. As much as I expected Christian Bale to steal the show its Sam that does. Sam delivers in the role of Marcus and from the very opening scenes of the film draws you deep into his character. Where Christian Bale did a good job, Sam Worthington did an excellent job. I felt he was Marcus and I stopped seeing Sam. His character, and his role in the film was definitely the highlight. The film played to much on the fact you knew who John Conner was and did nothing to advance his character which was a bit of a let down. I wanted to see the character of Conner evolve more. As much as it was fun to see Bale as Conner nothing really happened with his character. Where as the character Marcus will blow you away with the level of depth they put into him. Clearly alot of thought and time went into Marcus and the character for that reason steals the show.
Anton Yelchin did a great job as Kyle Reese and you really felt you were watching a young kyle. Moon BloodGood did a good job as well and so did Common. Overall the actors all did good work and when you combine that with a fantastic story, some great twists and turns that will make you grin you get a great film. The movie pays homage to the past films with lots of little easter eggs you die hards will love. It also brings us the first good look at the future and let me tell you its not pretty. Although by no means horror, or remotely scary the apocalyptic world of the future.. where skynet is god.. is not a pretty place.
I really enjoyed every element of this film and can not encourage you enough to go and see it. Terminator Salvation admittedly not as good as say Dark Knight is leaps above Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and is easily on par with Terminator 2, in fact... probably better!