June 5, 2009
Christian Bale returns as Batman in the technically stunning and facepalmingly badly executed Terminator Salvation. Witness all intellectual aspirations of the Terminator universe reduced to large-scale pyrotechnics as the writing team struggle to hold the audience’s attention in a movie with almost no endearing characters. Relive the excitement of having the obvious spelled out when woefully cast Helena Bonham Carter resumes her role as the Architect from The Matrix Reloaded. You’ll definitely be leaning back with crossed arms in anticipation of the next misplaced one-liner from Terminator 2!
Bonus points go to the writer who made the last line from the only memorable character a hammy pun about the human heart. Additional bonus points go to the writer who removed said memorable character thirty seconds before close, thus resetting the Terminator universe to almost exactly the same state it was in at the beginning of the film. Sequels ahoy!
What I liked: Excellent helicopter crash intro sequence, Conversations with Sarah Connor, John/Marcus confrontation, Marcus interfacing with Skynet (although, again, does his genesis really need spelling out?). Marcus.