Saturday, May 23, 2009

Terminator: Salvation

Movie name: Terminator: Salvation
Year of release: 2009
Director: McG
Stars: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Helena Bonham Carter, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Michael Ironside, Jane Alexander, Jadagrace
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6

Picking up after the events of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" that Jonathan Mostow directed in 2003 (to mediocre results), McG picks up the action and the responsibility of making the franchise that James Cameron began in 1984, respectable and interesting. Whereas James Cameron created two action films that had the perfect combination of relentless action with character development, Jonathan Mostow went with a tone that almost made it a bit of a self parody (the concept of the female terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger too old to play the part and so forth). McG is a director whose previous experience comes from directing video clips - his features thus far, namely "Charlie's Angels" (and the sequel) and "We are Marshall" are all quite mediocre. "Terminator: Salvation" is however his best film so far. Using a script that was devised by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (with other polishes from other writers, namely Jonathan Nolan), McG creates a film that is gritty, more "realistic" in it's approach towards a post-apocalyptic world. The film follows an adult John Connor, now a senior ranking officer within the resistence, and his partner Kate, who is expecting their first baby. John is trying to save his father, Kyle Reese, now a teenager (and whom he will send to the past in order to protect his mother) from being killed by Skynet. Into this equation arrives Marcus Wright, a young man with a deadly secret that can destroy John's efforts. Thanks to a credible cast, which also includes the fantastically talented Helena Bonham Carter and Sam Worthington, McG builds a film that has non-stop action, but that doesn't feel overtly saturated with explosions (as do most of Michael Bay's films) and nonsensical plot lines. The film does falter a bit in the development of the surrounding characters, but manages to be exhilarating and well paced. It ends up being an improvement when compared with the last installment. Worth checking out!


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