I saw Terminator Salvation yesterday. As some many recall, I’m a pretty big fan of the “Terminator” franchise/genre – going back to 1984. So, I was looking forward to this one. And, after seeing the “HBO First Look” episode on it, which looked great, I was truly geeked up.
On the bright side, I can share that the effects in this one were top notch. They got every dollars worth out of their big budget. Visually, this was a spectacular movie – for me – and one that you should experience on a big screen with surround-sound. All the sets/scenery, special effects, explosions, etc., were 100% believable – and not once do you find youself thinking “Wow, that’s some bad CGI….”
However, on the whole, this is not a great movie. It’s funny that Christian Bale gets big billing for this one – because you hardly see him in the first half of the movie and it’s all about Sam Worthington and Anton Yelchin. Don’t get me wrong – the latter two did a very good job. But, again, the way the movie was pitched, it’s the normal expectation to think this one was going to be about “John Connor” with Bale carrying the movie. And, it wasn’t until the second half – and the climax of the film – where it was mostly Bale.
Also, the very, very, end of the movie was as predictable as the ending of an episode of the Brady Bunch.
Just to be clear – I’m glad that I went to see it in the movies. And, if you’re a fan of “Terminator,” I recommend that you do the same. But, just go in with tempered expectations, enjoy the effects, and you should be fine.