Terminator Salvation. Hit or Miss?

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What went wrong, it was a miss and I’ve been looking forward to seeing this for a long time. I’ve got to say I’m a huge fan of the terminator films but after finally seeing the judgement day that the whole series is based around this film was a total let down from start to finish. I’d heard so many bad reviews but thought it still deserved a chance as the other films were pretty good, what a disappointment, nowhere near as good as the previous films, I don’t think this terminator film deserved the title Salvation. By now we all know the plot of the Terminator series and this film definitely didn’t try to push any boundaries set by the earlier terminators or add anything fresh to keep the series strong. Sure there were a few new machines thrown in and a post apocalyptic backdrop but it was the same old story in a new location but explosions and more modern machines wasn’t enough to save this film from becoming another in a long line of films that end up ruining a perfectly good trilogy and run out of inspiration. Christian Bale just didn’t seem right in the role of John Connor, reminding me more of his previous role as Quinn in Reign of Fire; his acting was brilliant but I found I preferred Nick Stahl from Terminator Rise of the Machines playing John Connor. In Terminator Salvation the war against the machines continues with humanity becoming ever more desperate in their battle to survive whilst John Connor searches for his father Kyle Reese, we are also introduced to new character Marcus Wright who spends most of the film a little confused having missed the whole cybernet war so far. The hunt scenes from the older terminators was something that would have helped this film as there wasn’t really a lead villain to focus on,I loved Robert Patrick as the T-1000 IN terminator 2 and Kristanna Loken as the T-X in terminator 3. The brief appearance of Arnold Schwarzenegger was a bonus but I would have loved to have seen him reprise his role of the terminator throughout the whole film as he was definitely my favorite terminator. The ending was ironically the worst part of this film for me as it left the door open for terminator 5. Overall a good attempt but not quite up to the standards set by its predecessors and I doubt I’d watch it again. I’d give it  2.5 / 5 (a miss) and definitely wouldn’t recommend it but judge for yourself, everyone likes different things.

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