Terminator Salvation Review
Written by: unMaskedKiller
I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to catch Terminator Salvation last night, and I walked out of the theater feeling, well, just satisfied. I wasn't blown away or incredibly jubilent about the movie, but I wasn't disappointed either. I was just ok with it all. Some aspects of the movie were amazing, even groundbreaking, but others you could foresee coming a mile away, or I just found myself groaning at the cheesiness of a line or whatnot.
Let's start with the bad today... The story wasn't overly fantastic, but there certainly was alot of it. The movie was a bit crammed together, and the flow and timing was perfect. It certainly seemed like certain parts were added or removed late in the editing process because it didn't seem to have the same feel as other parts of the movie. If you took each scene one at a time, however, there were some pretty awesome parts, some parts you'll cheer at, and some parts you'll be very happy with how they tied it in with the original three movies. For example, you find out the origin of the scar on John Connor's face -- very cool!
The music and / or audio effects I'll throw in the middle ground for this movie. I don't really remember alot of the background movie score, which is likely a good thing, since it probably means I was really into the movie and not focusing on the score. But there were a couple of instances where I did notice the score, and it wasn't overly effective. Mostly this occurs when there is a Terminator attacking one of the main characters. Now that I got that part of my chest, there are some really awesome audio effects in this movie. From the ground rumbling planes flying by, to the blood curdling sounds from some of the larger "machines". There is one in particular that I remember shooting at Marcus (Sam Worthington) and Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin) at a gas station that was totally frightening, if not mainly due to the incredibly bizarre yet lifelike sounds that it made. I know it probably sounds bizarre, but you'll know what I'm talking about when you check it out.
So now for the good. Or should I say great! This is an action movie. When you go and check out an action movie, you want to feel like you are part of the action. This movie often delivers on this fact. You are truly immersed into the Terminator World, and some sequences feel more lifelike than any other movie in recent history. The helicopter scene right at the start of the movie really blew me away with the realism. I almost felt like I crashed alongside John Connor (Christian Bale). There is no way for me to accurately express how well this is done, untill you see it for yourself. And I suggest seeing it on the biggest screen you can find.
So on an overall scale, I'd throw this one in the 8 out of 10 basket. Great fundamentals, an overall fun and entertaining ride, but not something that is going to knock your socks off. I'm sure there will be alot of criticism on this movie, given the reputation that the series holds, but I think McG and team have done it justice overall, and delivered a great action flick. If you go in with that in mind, I'm sure you'll come out just like me. Satisfied.