Most fans think it didn't really live up to what it should've, and we got a film that didn't feel like a 'Terminator' film. Read on about my thoughts of the McG-directed film after the jump.

Let me start off by saying that the first film I think is the best, and the second was just as good. 'Rise of the Machines' felt to quick and mainstreamed, and it didn't really have that feel that James Cameron's previous films did. Well, I first saw the teaser for Terminator Salvation and I was immediatly excited, and started revisting all things Terminator. I felt that the edgy and gritty feel to it would do the franchise justice, and maybe a Terminator film that would be as good if not better as the first and second.

Well, for what it was, I thought it was a great movie. Even though it really felt like it was quick, and almost as if Christian Bale was just simply 'placed' into the role of John Connor. He didn't really seem to put his passion into the part, and really did deliver just a one-sided soldier. However, he did manage to sell me as a soldier trying to become the leader he was destined to become...that part I felt he did right. Sam Worthngton as Marcus was good I thought, but he had too much screentime over Bale, in which being John Connor, Bale should have had the most screentime than any other. The rest of the acting was alright, but nobody really immersed themselves into their roles like they should have, which was the film's greatest downfall.

On the plus side, the landscaping and the environs of the film were amazing. Even though there were flaws and miscasts in the film, the landscape and the sets of the movie was one of its most redeeming quialities. The Terminators were grimy and gritty and just plain dirty, in contrast to the previous Terminators in the other films, and the grittiness helped to give it that war-edge that we all wanted, and made the Terminators look menacing as hell. The special effects of the Terminators made the movie very fun to watch, along with the action.

The final fight between the T-800 and John fit and at the same time didn't. The fight was good between the two, and could have been better without Marcus, and it did make for a very good finale to a film that needed it. The only particular reason as to why it didn't seem to fit at first was because of the half-assed addition of Arnold. he looked too fake, and the skin wasn't needed. Any serious fan would have been able to tell that that was the classic model of The Terminator we all know and love. The skin, just ruined all the work that the gritty effects did to make it look so real.

I really wanted more after this one ended, and it's a shame that it didn't do as well as it could have. The film did what it was supposed to do, its only curse was that it isn't going to continue. As much as Bale was dry with his performance, I felt that with Worthington out of the way in a possible sequel, he really could have explored the character of John Connor and made him his own. he tried in the film, but because of lack of the spotlight, everyone ended up caring for Marcus more than John. Last time I checked, the series was about the Connors. Not Marcus Wright.

This Terminator film was a good stepping stone to what should have been more. A better cast and better direction would have made this film one of the best in the series, and not so rushed and quick feeling. It could have benn terrific like the second, but just as T3 did, it took the 'summer blockbuster' appraoch. This film had so much potential, and I felt that it should have been explored more than what it was, but all in all, it was a good film with good action, and as a Terminator fan, was satisfying to say the least.

Final rating: 3 out of 5
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Denn1s - 4/10/2012, 3:46 AM
i absolutely loved this film. i don't get all the hate. we finally got to see the future. no more time travel, just pure action. men vs machines. it was awesome.
superbatspiderman - 4/10/2012, 2:35 PM
I thought this movie was awesome. It was one of my favorite movies of 2009. Also it was the only movie where Sam Worthington wasn't totally boring.
KoonEl - 4/10/2012, 3:58 PM
Ironic that the role that Sam Worthington had the most emotion and wasn't so wooden was the role where played a robot. Don't ya think?
Jollem - 4/10/2012, 11:03 PM
when i told whoevers i just saw this movie and they asked me what i thought, i usually said something like; "pretty raw. good. pretty good." raw was the first word that popped in my head usually. i really think whoever(s) was the initial cause and final decision to reveal in the trailers that worthington's character was a machine should be fired from whatever jobs they had.(even if they are going through hard times financially or whatever. they and their families can always find a mcdonald's to work at. i'm sorry, that just irritated me.) i wish after john connor jacked that machine motorcycle he would have said "easy money". would have loved that. (i also would have liked for topher grace's venom to have said; "i like being bad, it makes US happy" not "ME". but that's neither hither nor thither) the opening shot in T2 when we are showed the war with the exoskeleton crushing the skull and whatnot was kind of what i was expecting in this movie. there was nothing like how i thought they were going to show the war. not bad though. i just would have preferred more exoskeletons and less hunter-killer jet enemies.
Tainted87 - 4/12/2012, 8:57 PM
I feel like it's at the bottom of the franchise. There was just too much wasted potential on top of some rotten cliches that made this less a Terminator movie, and more of a generic post-apocalyptic thriller. Only, it wasn't very thrilling.

Terminator 2 was the first movie of the franchise I saw, as it was the most kid-friendly of the series and I think I was 8? That set the bar for me.

What was missing? I don't think it was Arnold, I mean sure, he helped build the movies (plural) but he didn't have to be in this one. I think it was way too predictable. We knew that Marcus was a machine from the get-go. Marcus also had too much attitude, none of which made the character interesting, but just irritating how much this machine doesn't want to be involved in anything. Again, it doesn't matter that he thinks he's human, we know he isn't. We know he thinks that he's the original Marcus and that he's going to be in for a shock once he realizes he isn't.
I also really dislike Sam Worthington.

The real hero of the movie was Kyle Reese. What was my favorite part? When he and John are fighting the Terminator together. This wasn't a Terminator who was established as a capable killer, someone who eliminated characters we were meant to care about - he is straight off the assembly line. His involvement was to give John his future scar and bring the three characters John, Marcus, and Kyle together. He is, ironically, a Deux Ex Machina for the movie.

I feel like this movie could have been told via flashbacks, or from the perspective of not John, not Marcus, but Kyle.

I imagine the next movie will be better.
LAWLZY96 - 4/13/2012, 9:56 AM
its ok. I hate the Marcus Terminator, I think they should have scrapped that character to focus more on John and Kyle. And it is completely out of whack with the continuity established in the earlier films.

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