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Terminator Salvation

Do not be surprised if the first part of the film reminds you of The Matrix. This is after all a movie about man versus machine.

Terminator Salvation is the fourth film in the Terminator franchise, twenty-five years after The Terminator, which was the original eighties flick. So what is this, like a silver marriage anniversary?

Twenty-five years ago, the name "Skynet" sounded so cool. Like a technological terrorist organization. Now, the name "Skynet" sounds like an internet service provider.

Twenty-five years ago, there were some places the camera could never go to. Now, you can make the camera go from outside a crashing helicopter, to the inside, to the pilot's chair, then outside again to the crash itself. Great work, McG. But I'm sure he's had a lot of practice directing music videos. And honestly, don't you find it annoying that his name is only spelled with three letters?

Twenty-five years ago, motion picture cameras were so heavy that an ordinary person could not have lifted it without straining his/her back. Now, assuming Salvation was shot on digital video, handheld seems to be the industry's preferred mode at present. The jerky camera movements all seem to add to the authenticity.

Twenty-five years ago, Christian Bale could not have played John Connor, because Christian Bale wasn't even into acting then.

Oh, two last things I'd like to say: 1) that's not really the governor of California as the scary T-800. That's just his mug's digital likeness, superimposed on someone else's huge body. And 2) Sam Worthington could be the next Clive Owen.

*some info from IMDb
pic from scifiwire.com

Terminator Salvation. USA. 2009.

Rating: Seven and a half out of ten.


tina said...

after reading your list of quibbles, i gather you're not entirely happy with this film... there's not even a hint of your man-crush on mr. bale :D i had to double-check if there was a rating at the bottom - this didn't feel like a review at all. ^^

and you're so right about the name skynet... like a cross between skycable and internet XD hehe.

hahaha. if you've seen the film, you'll notice that mr. bale was overshadowed by mr. worthington. but such is the beauty of it, for mr. bale does not act to stand out. and i'm sure mr. bale didn't mind. he's a team player.

tina said...

is it just me, or do you sound like christian bale's rep? :))

it's just you. hahaha. anyway, i will probably come up with a man-crush special. i know you'll like that hahaha :))

"Sam Worthington could be the next Clive Owen."
ok, am watching this :D

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