Review: Terminator Salvation

I am going to stop reading other people’s reviews until after I see a movie. Now, with that said, you have the choice to continue with this post or go sit through Terminator: Salvation as I did this afternoon.

If you’re looking for the short short review: It was decent. It wasn’t better than Star Trek, so if you’re lagging behind the collective universe on seeing the reboot, I’d um, go see Kirk and Spock first.

Most of the critics on Rotten Tomatoes panned this movie for lack of character development. While these writers have to search their thesauruses in order to preserve the veil of intelligence,we are talking about a movie which has had three previous installments. Frankly, all the character development we needed was in the first flick.

Secondly, if you know anything about the franchise, you know that in the future there is really no time to be swigging tea and eating crumpets while the world is on fucking fire.

So as I mentioned in my Twitter post, any critic who blasted this movie for lack of character depth really needs to figure out why they went to see it. This isn’t The Reader or any sort of film that you need to know why the protagonist is the way he/she is; it’s pretty much a react and try to live situation.

Don’t get me wrong, there were elements I could have lived without. The really nifty ‘override’ hand held computer that the humans were using on the machines. It was as simple as plugging in a zip drive or wire jumping a comprised and nasty enemy, hitting the override button and wee, it turns into your personal slave.

Give me a break please. I could forgive Star Trek for it’s foray into junk science, but this really had me rolling my eyes.

The only other thing that bothered me was near the beginning. McG (That name stopped being cool the first time it was said, btw.) was bouncing the camera and swinging it around like a monkey on a cocaine binge. For the first time in my entire life, I almost felt like getting up out of my seat to go vomit. I toughed it out and thankfully the artsy angles of action to which I hereby dub “Shaky Cam” calmed down.

Overall, it was good. I was happy they didn’t compromise on Kate Connor’s pregnancy weight. Bryce Dallas Howard looked radiant with a little meat on her bones as most pregnant women do, and I was ecstatic they showed her in her full glory. It’s nice to know that in the future, we’re not all airbrushed super models in desperate need of a hamburger while we load our machine-killin shotguns.

The other thing I appreciated, was that in this dire set of circumstances there are moments you see humanity at it’s worst. Despite a common enemy, there are still people who thrive on treating others like crap. You’re probably asking yourself, why Kate, why would you like seeing that? Well, because instead of having every last human survivor working together to defeat the greater enemy, they didn’t gloss over the fact that assholes have about the same survivability as the common cockroach. They will always be around. Place me in a situation similar to the Terminator universe and I’d not only be saving bullets for machines.

Regardless, it was as I said in the beginning of this post, decent. Special effects are fantastic and Christian Bale actually fits the role of John Connor nicely. Anton Yelchin does a fantastic job as Kyle Reese (and Checkov IMO) and I really hope to see Bryce Dallas Howard in more movies. Plot was actually present and for the most part, pretty clever. The only moment the bullshit detector went off was when Connor overrides a bunch of Skynet computers with his trusty Palm Pilot. (I was so hoping to see an Apple logo, but was severely disappointed.)

On a scale of kickassedness, I’d give it 3.5 out of 5.

One thought on “Review: Terminator Salvation

  1. Vince says:

    I wasn’t planning to see this, as of the three previous movies, only II really stood out for me. But after what you wrote, I think I’ll go see it. Sounds like the positives outweigh the negatives by a good margin.

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