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PostSubject: Terminator Salvation   Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:34 pm

Terminator Salvation

In 1984, director and writer James Cameron introduced us to a fictional world where computers will rise to power, only to have its plans of full human genocide be halted by one man, John Conner. It sends its strongest machine, the Terminator back in time to kill John's mother, Sarah.

The Terminator not only introduced us to a great sci-fi series, but it also introduced the masses to the Austrian body builder, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who would go on to become an action hero of the 80s and 90s.

Fast forward to 2009; the Terminator series has three movies under its belt, the third one having been not only wrestled away from Cameron's creative influences, but not a very strong movie in of itself. With the series ending with the start of global human genocide, you would think the series was over. You were wrong. The great minds of Hollywood have decided the next best thing to do is another trilogy set in the future, but with a little twist to keep from the "Star Wars" plot holes from happening. The twist, is Marcus Wright.

Going with Kyle Reese's old quote of "No fate...", this new trilogy is showing that the future truly is not set, as John Conner is brought face to face with Marcus, a highly advanced terminator that is never mentioned by his mother's tapes, or either of the two terminators that were sent to protect him. And because of this new terminator existing, skynet is capable of advancing its terminators quicker than they should have, effectively creating the T-800 (Arnold's model), earlier than Conner was told it should.

So how does Salvation stand compared to the other three movies? The movie by itself was far better than one would believe it was, but you will still find yourself thinking that T-2 was the better Terminator film. This film does away with most substance that the other films have, and replace it with human on terminator action scenes, that seem to be a good trade off. The characters are solid, you really get a feel for how bad things are in this part of the time line, and you are left just as confused as Conner is up until the end of the film. The camera was a little shaky during the action scenes, but not as bad as most movies are, and despite the fact this is the same director that made Charlies' Angles 2, he far exceeds his work with this movie. The Terminator's themselves are very fun to watch, and one can not help but give a little fan girl squeal once Arnold appears on the screen.

Yes, even though a body double is used, Arnold's face is digitally placed over the double's.

So what does the future hold for this new trilogy? Well, as long as they are very careful with what they do, they could easily avoid what Lucas ran into with his prequels. If you have yet to see this movie, and love the Terminator franchise, do yourself a favor and see it. Salvation is a good film, not great, but good.


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