As expected, audiences will see plenty of robots in any Terminator film but now there are chase scenes with riderless motorcycles, high flying helicopters, fast moving trucks, and fighter planes in this fourth installment of the sci-fi action film, Terminator Salvation. The year is 2018 and John Connor (Christian Bale) is the leader of a resistance group against Skynet which has conquered the earth with an army of terminator robots. When a man who died in 2003 named Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) appears from the past Connor doesn’t know if he can be trusted. (I don’t think I would put my money on an ex-con from death row either.) John and his wife Kate Connor (Bryce Dallas Howard) and the rest of the resistance group spend their time fighting small robots, motorcycle robots and robots as tall as ten story buildings. There’s even a terminator robot that looks like Arnold. (Can you say Computer Graphics?) After 2 hours of being attacked by robots, Connors and Marcus team up to infiltrate Skynet to save a teenager named Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin) who is John Connor’s father. Remember, Kyle went back in time to 1984 to help save Connor’s mother Sara from the terminator. Terminator fans won’t be confused about the time travel and action junkies won’t be left behind with this fast paced story. If you love great sound affects like me (I have to do something during the film) you’ll think the music score and sound effects by Danny Elfman are fantastic and will stand out like a, well a 100 foot robot. The ultra thin plot is somewhere between trying to figure out why the robots want to take over the earth and how a veterinarian can do a heart transplant. (I have a hard time finding a doctor who can treat a hangnail) If you like repetitive action scenes, you’ll love this movie. If you want to see Arnold, you’ll have to go to California and if you want to see a film with a good story, you’ll have to travel back in time to 1984 to the original Terminator. I’m giving this somewhat entertaining film a C rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.