June 5, 2009

Terminator Salvation

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.

posted by Andrew

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