Terminator Salvation (Rated PG-13)
Gavin Grade: C
I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to seeing this movie. It might be because I wasn't super excited to see it. I'm a fan of the Terminator movies, but I think the third one sucked the fun out of it for me. I only saw it once and didn't really remember much about it. But the good news is that you don't have to see the third one to know what's going on in the story. You do, however, need to know the first two pretty damn well. If you're gonna try to relaunch a franchise your go-to guy in Hollywood right now is Christian Bale, who plays the hero of the series John Connor. The problem is that he didn't have a whole lot to contribute to this other than inexplicably screaming most of his lines and yawning through the rest. The good news is, he's not the star...well, not really. The star is a new character (as far as I can remember) named Marcus, who's introduced to help The Resistance (or is he?). He's played by unknown actor Sam Worthington, who you better get used to seeing since he's the star of three major Hollywood blockbusters coming out in the next year. I thought he was great and thank God he was because you needed someone to carry this movie. It was almost like the film was working with an unfinished script; the story was almost there. It was a neat concept but not thought through all the way. Of course that wasn't helped by director, McG ("Charlie's Angels" movies) either, who has mostly done music videos. He likes to make movies as if the celluloid itself is on drugs. But I liked his choice to deplete the movie of color, which is very different for him. It aided the post apocalyptic look and helped the special effects seem more real. There were some cheesy retro lines of dialogue and even a cameo by a rediculous-looking Arnold, that really didn't seem necessary. But you're willing to forget most of that and sit back with your snack and enjoy the action for what it is. But what it's not is a jumpstart to the franchise to get me excited about the innevitable fifth one.