Directed By:Â McG
Starring:Â Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Michael Ironside, Helena Bonham Carter
Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale) is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynetâ€™s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind. [Warner Bros. Pictures]
Let me rant for a second.Â McG is a stupid name for a director.Â I don’t care if it’s your Frat Boy nickname or whatever.Â If you want to be taken seriously as an artist, ditch the first name only names.Â Let alone a name with no vowels.Â The Rock changed his name back to Dwayne Johnson for movies.Â Rappers-turned-actors are my pet peeve.Â Whenever I see names like Common or 50 Cent appear in credits, I roll my eyes.Â Now we have a McG film.Â Dude, are you a rapper, a frat boy or a director?
Stupid names or not, Terminator Salvation delivers on action, great effects and sound, but is sorely lacking in a compelling lead performance or a compelling plot.Â For the most part, this is a fun, brainless thrill ride with some fun action sequences.Â It’s a good looking film and I don’t doubt all the money is on the screen.Â Terminator Salvation looks great and sounds great on the big screen.Â Just don’t prepare to get your mind blown.Â While I don’t think it’s as bad as most critics are saying (and most are being extremely unfair), this isn’t the best movie of the summer.
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