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Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation

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I did not want this movie to happen. Despite enjoying Terminator 3 for what it was, I fully admit the flaws in it. It was the third movie for this series and the first not directed or written by James Cameron. Now we here we have ourselves yet another movie that is not only missing Cameron, but also the terminator himself, Arnold. I know, right!? Just the thought of it still baffles me. Making a terminator movie without him would be equal to Rocky movie without Stallone.

Then the trailer came out and I thought it looked surprisingly gritty. I was pleasantly surprised with how it looked and felt. It was also the first Terminator movie that actually took the audience in the future. There would be no traveling back to the present, but rather we see the "future war" unfold right before our eyes. I give it credit for being original if nothing else.

But when it just came down to it, I didn't find it all that compelling. There were a few entertaining scenes, but overall I found it rather boring. As much as the previous movie felt like someone else's version of a Terminator movie, this one felt even more distant from the Cameron films. The characters names are familiar, the premise sounds like something I know, but it really has no connection to the "Cameron-verse", which are far and away the best movies to bare the name of Terminator. Rumor has it they want to make a 5 and 6. I pray they don't and just let the "series" die off already.

The best part about this film was Sam Worthington. I really enjoyed his performance. Everyone else you can keep as far as I'm concerned, which is a shame too. When I heard Christian Bale was playing John Connor, I thought the movie had real potential. Then, when I thought nothing else could go wrong, they throw in a digital Arnold. I kid you not! Yes, a CGI version of the T-800 series terminator that Arnold plays in the previous films. It's pretty much sacrilegious. I feel icky just talking about it.

Rating: Thumbs down.

This movie review was given the He said, She said seal of approval on October 26, 2010.