Terminator Salvation (2009) Dir. McG
I still can hear the music theme from the movie I watched a couple of hours ago. I expected a disappointment. But I’m not disappointed. On the contrary, I enjoyed this trip into the dark and sinister (not-so-distant) future.
The first half of the movie is great. One action sequence after another and another – without a pause to catch your breath. The music keeps up the pace with the action – great, too. Impressive special effects and pyros – I’m like a Joker, I like when things blow up. There’s a whole diversity of terminators – mototerminators are my favorite ones. Then, there’s a turning point when we find a missing piece to the puzzle: the truth about mysterious Marcus (Sam Worthington). At this point, the entire plot seems to get more and more convoluted. It finally leads to the ending – nice, but not a blast.
I definitely enjoy the cast. Christian Bale (John Connor) is one of these that make me go to the movies. However, I’d like to mention two names in particular. It’s my first Sam Worthington movie, but I already like the guy: talented, perfect for the role he’s playing, and pleasant to look at. I love the fact that his character is in focus most of the time. Fantastic! Another one is Anton Yelchin (Kyle Reese). Since it’s my second movie with young Yelchin (within a month), I can honestly say he’s got bright (acting) future before him. At least, I hope so. He’s fresh and charming, at the same time. (P.S. As much as I like the actor, I prefer Michael Biehn’s Kyle Reese. Who doesn’t, right?)
This part takes a lot of elements from the other Terminator movies. There are a few particular scenes that I immediately detected: the isolated gas station in the middle of desert nowhere, the well-known picture of Sarah Connor, the GnR music, Arnie, etc. I also noticed it took a lot from the “Aliens” (the underwater shot with the eel-like terminators (what’d you call them?)) and “The Matrix” series (I got the impression they’re gonna get to their underground city). In this regard, it is not original. There are no new ideas. I’d rather say it’s a tribute to these productions rather than a new part to the series.
All in all, I give a thumb up to “Terminator.” The machines versus the humans. This movie versus its predecessors. What comes out of it is a decent production. I’ve heard a lot of critical responses, but after all I’m happy to have seen it.
Long days, pleasant nights,