So I hope all of you had a great Memorial Day weekend. What better way to kick off the holiday then to release the 4th installment in the war to save mankind from annihilation at the hands of machines. Thatâ€™s right, this weekend brought us Terminator: Salvation. In this chapter, John Connor (Christian Bale) is a little older and more intense as the war has been raging on for quite some time now. Itâ€™s the year 2018, the machines run by Skynet seem to have the upper hand in the battle. With Skynetâ€™s terminators and other various robot infantry it looks like the end for the Resistance. Connor must find his future/past father Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin, who is co-starring in his 2nd summer blockbuster right on the tail end of playing Checkov in the Star Trek movie) to make sure he lives on so that he himself can be born.
Sounds confusing? Well if youâ€™ve been keeping up with the saga, then this is not new news to your ears. John must do all of this while also deciding if Judgment Day survivor Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) is a friend or foe. Also in the movie is Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron Howardâ€™s daughter) as Kate Connor, Johnâ€™s wife. Common also has a role as â€œBarnesâ€, Connorâ€™s right hand in command for the Resistance. Moon Bloodgood who was in another recent, not so quite blockbuster movie, Street Fighter: The Legend if Chun-Li, plays Blair Williams a soldier in the resistance.
This movie was not a disappointment like so many people thought of T3. It was a great look at the war between man and machine that was foretold in the previous three installments. The story was finely written, the effects were excellent, and the new terminator robots in this one were very menacing. The movie gave a lot of winks to it’s predecessors by adding at my count 3 quotes from the first three films. There was even a very nice surprise towards the end of the movie, which I wasnâ€™t expecting. All around I thought this was a spectacular edition to the whole â€œTerminator franchise. I assume there will be another one since Johnâ€™s father Kyle is just a teenager in this one. I canâ€™t wait to see the next chapter in this wonderful action-packed series.
I give this movie 3 Â½ Arnoldâ€™s out of 4. It was worth the wait and now has me in anticipation for another one. With a weekend gross of $56,382,000 I know Iâ€™m not going to be the only one wanting more. The movie ran 1hour and 54 mins. It was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action and language. It was written by John Brancato, Michael Ferris, Jonathan Nolan, and Anthony E. Zuiker. It was directed by McG. The movie was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution. It was produced by Intermedia Films, Halcyon Company, Lin Pictures.
Review by Eric Williams ( Ezo )
If we stay the course, we are dead! WE ARE ALL DEAD! John Connor.
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