Movie Review: Terminator Salvation

Movie Review: Terminator Salvation

Just to make things clear, I have not seen T3, so you might want to catch that movie (or read about it) to remove some of the plot holes.

In any case, Salvation without a doubt formed lots of hype around the world, though some people have been quite skeptical about how well the movie would be given the series’ history and Arnold’s “absence” in the flick. Rest assured, the film isn’t bad, but its not something you would be discussing for a long time either.

Terminator Salvation

Revealing any details in the story will spoil some of the narrative, which isn’t epic but pretty good for an action movie and pays homage to the previous titles as well as the overall story arch. You start off with a character called Marcus, played by the brooding Sam Worthington, who agrees to give up his body postmortem for scientific research. If you’ve seen the trailers  you’d know what sort of research was done. Flash forward some years and you’re presented with Connor (Christian Bale) all bushy and dirty and at an all out war with the machines. I kept thinking Matrix the whole time, and reminding myself that Terminator came long before the Matrix saw light.

Terminator Salvation

In any case, the situation is dire for the remaining humans and the machines are experimenting new prototypes that would destroy Connor and the resistence once and for all. Connor won’t take that as a resolution and will fight back. It’s the battle-of-the-titans sort of story you’d expect, basically the same plot as the other Terminator movies except on a different time line, with little time travel.

Bale’s acting is pretty good here, certainly better than his performance in the Batman flicks (though to his credit, being in a rubber suit does limit your abilities to perform). The film’s tones and lighting in some of the important scenes does put lots of emphasis on facial expressions, though you’d quickly notice that Worthington’s performance in those same scenes do in fact surpass Bale’s at times, mostly because his facial features are more empathetic and his back story is more dramatic than that of Bale’s (though, due to Connor’s role in the story of course,  not more important).

Terminator Salvation

The visual effects are superb and have the “retro” feel to them – ie they’re not overdone nor polished as you’d expect from a modern sci-fi. The humanoid-Terminator models look like they’ve been taken straight out of 1984, while the new entries look nifty but still dusty and retro for consistency. The special Terminator at the end of the film does sport upgraded graphics and a shiny alloy skeleton, but the same can’t be said about its clumsiness, which is a nod to the rest of the series. An Easter Egg is also there and would certainly make you smile if not laugh out loud.

Terminator Salvation

All said and done, Salvation did get everything a Terminator film could do and then some, making it a solid addition to the series, though in my opinion the story needs to shift from the tried and true “dual terminator” formula to something more epic – but that’s just my tastes and I am aware of the cult following to the series, just like Star Wars and Star Trek. Purists may not like the new heroes, and certainly no one in the audience was amused at Bale’s rendering of “I’ll be back”, but other than that, the production values, settings, acting and fresh paint of coat will make it a movie to enjoy.

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    [ KJ's note: This comment has major spoilers ]

    I beg to differ.

    Terminator Salvation IS the GREATEST Terminator movie of all time and possibly on of the BEST action movies ever produced. The fact that they gave it a fresh new look while maintaining the “retro” feel made it superb.

    I especially liked the angles in which the movie was shot; sometimes you could see that it’s more like Cloverfield thus making it look even more realistic than ever.

    I was really surprized at the way they made this movie because everything was in place. The got the right crew, great if not superb special effects (OMG did you see Arnold in the End? He was computer animated but there is no way you could tell that he is not! He looked exactly like the real thing).

    I think people will be discussing this movie for a while and I would like to watch it again. It was simply incredible.

  • http://blog.sweetestmemories.com/ Qwaider

    I’m affraid to read this. I scared of spoilers since I’m looking forward to watching this

  • http://blog.sweetestmemories.com Qwaider

    I’m affraid to read this. I scared of spoilers since I’m looking forward to watching this

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    [ KJ's note: This comment has major spoilers ]

    I beg to differ.

    Terminator Salvation IS the GREATEST Terminator movie of all time and possibly on of the BEST action movies ever produced. The fact that they gave it a fresh new look while maintaining the “retro” feel made it superb.

    I especially liked the angles in which the movie was shot; sometimes you could see that it’s more like Cloverfield thus making it look even more realistic than ever.

    I was really surprized at the way they made this movie because everything was in place. The got the right crew, great if not superb special effects (OMG did you see Arnold in the End? He was computer animated but there is no way you could tell that he is not! He looked exactly like the real thing).

    I think people will be discussing this movie for a while and I would like to watch it again. It was simply incredible.

  • Anonymous

    Qwaider -
    My reviews are spoiler free! It’s a nice movie you won’t be disappointed especially if you’re a fan.

    XTR -
    I did mention that the graphics were superb and the retro was a nice touch! I only criticized the story, while it was good (with a nice but predictable twist) it required that you knew the history to appreciate it. So the story could be expanded upon since it contained many plot holes if you’re not familiar with the three films

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Qwaider -
    My reviews are spoiler free! It’s a nice movie you won’t be disappointed especially if you’re a fan.

    XTR -
    I did mention that the graphics were superb and the retro was a nice touch! I only criticized the story, while it was good (with a nice but predictable twist) it required that you knew the history to appreciate it. So the story could be expanded upon since it contained many plot holes if you’re not familiar with the three films

  • http://blog.sweetestmemories.com/ Qwaider

    You know what bugged me througout the movie? The actors have perfect sparkling white teeth. For resistence and post apocaliptic vision, I think tooth paste would be the first thing to disappear when people can’t even find food!
    Anyway, I loved it, 9/10 on my scale :)

  • http://blog.sweetestmemories.com Qwaider

    You know what bugged me througout the movie? The actors have perfect sparkling white teeth. For resistence and post apocaliptic vision, I think tooth paste would be the first thing to disappear when people can’t even find food!
    Anyway, I loved it, 9/10 on my scale :)

  • San Antonio Cicily

    Oh god just what I need another friggin terminator movie so my sons and husband can buy it and watch it over and over again!!! I’m so tired of robots- race- cars- martial arts. Somebody please just shoot me now. LOL

  • San Antonio Cicily

    Oh god just what I need another friggin terminator movie so my sons and husband can buy it and watch it over and over again!!! I’m so tired of robots- race- cars- martial arts. Somebody please just shoot me now. LOL

  • http://hammouz.blogspot.com/ hamza

    Qwaider – looool @ sparkling white teeth. I didn’t even consider that

    SAN ANTONIO – oh you’ve seen nothing yet, wait till “Transformers” is out.

  • http://hammouz.blogspot.com hamza

    Qwaider – looool @ sparkling white teeth. I didn’t even consider that

    SAN ANTONIO – oh you’ve seen nothing yet, wait till “Transformers” is out.

  • Anonymous

    Qwaider -
    LOOOOOOOOOOL! Thanks for the link here btw

    SAC -
    It IS a guy’s flick! You women stick to your shopaholics :P

    Hamza -
    Ahem, I OWN this blog, not you :P

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Qwaider -
    LOOOOOOOOOOL! Thanks for the link here btw

    SAC -
    It IS a guy’s flick! You women stick to your shopaholics :P

    Hamza -
    Ahem, I OWN this blog, not you :P

  • Ali H.

    I thought it was great. Although I still hold T2 as the best in the series, but still I was not dissappointed after seing this movie. It was just awesome.

  • Ali H.

    I thought it was great. Although I still hold T2 as the best in the series, but still I was not dissappointed after seing this movie. It was just awesome.

  • introspective

    Terminator Salvation is a very good movie. It is obvious that even without Schwarzenegger the movie can be good. The action scenes are top-notch.

  • introspective

    Terminator Salvation is a very good movie. It is obvious that even without Schwarzenegger the movie can be good. The action scenes are top-notch.

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    Qwaider – looool @ sparkling white teeth. I didn’t even consider that

  • movie download links

    Qwaider – looool @ sparkling white teeth. I didn’t even consider that