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Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins
Saw this coming. While I originally had tons of confidence thanks to the first trailers for Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins and the way McG confidently talked about the film, there was one extended clip that immediately lowered my expectations.
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins Reviews
There was a rumor out there that the acting was er, problematic. Not that it was bad, but maybe off. I was trying to get more feedback, but that was how it was summed up. I didn't get what that meant until I watched this clip. John Connor apparently breaks into a winded speech for no reason, the same speech seen in the trailer, and it comes off rehearsed. I don't know why this clip affected me so, but it seemed to confirm what I've been hearing. The acting, due somewhat to the dialogue, wasn't lining up perfectly with the timing of the film.
So - Now we have some of the first reviews of the film and they are mixed. As expected.
Darker, grimmer and more stylistically single-minded than its two relatively giddy predecessors, "Terminator Salvation" boasts the kind of singular vision that distinguished the James Cameron original, the full-throttle kinetics of "Speed" and an old-fashioned regard for human (and humanoid) heroics. Only pic's relentlessly doomsday tone -- accessorized by helmer McG's grimy, gun-metal palette -- might keep auds from flocking like lemmings to the apocalypse. The fourth in the celebrated sci-fi series, "Salvation" opens and closes with humanity at war with the machines. In other words, this thing isn't going to end soon. Nor should it, if it keeps on like this.
But while incoming director McG (the "Charlie's Angels" movies) certainly gets a rise out of the machinery in the post-apocalyptic thriller, there's little sign of life where the flatly executed human component is concerned.
In Arnold's absence, an important ingredient of the "Terminator" iconography -- namely, the fun factor -- is in short supply. Apparently sensing the deficiency, the filmmakers have found a couple of ways to pay homage, both in terms of line callbacks and through the magic of special effects.
If you do read through the entire reviews for Terminator Salvation, you will see that they do appear more positive than negative, which is a good thing.
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins opens to theaters on May 22nd.