Thursday, May 28, 2009

Somebody Save Me

Terminator Salvation
Release: 05.21.09
Rated PG-13
2 hours, 10 minutes

Second Run Seats

It's 2003 and Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington, Hart's War) wishes Dr. Serena Kogan (Helena Bonham Carter, Planet of the Apes) would just leave so he can be lethally injected in peace. Fast forward to 2018 and a troop of resistance fighters raid a Skynet research facility, discovering a slew of dissected humans. When their raid goes awry, the only surviving soldier, John Connor (Christian Bale, Equilibrium) is airlifted back to base, but not before meeting with Resistance leaders who reveal to him a new weapon which may cripple the machines.

Let's revisit the Marcus Wright introduction. Thanks to the ten thousand adverts, we all know that Marcus ain't quite "Wright." Instead of saving his revealing history for the second act, director McG (Charlie's Angels) whips out the goods and starts shaking it, killing nearly all mystery surrounding this character. Following that flaccid reveal is nearly two hours of tedium. Things go boom, characters stare a lot, but little of consequence occurs. Don't believe me, ask them:

'Sup. I'm Common (Wanted) and I play Barnes, the brother soldier who stands next to John Connor. I stand around and stare like this in about five scenes. I can't believe I got my SAG card for this?!

You damn well better know me, I'm Michael F'n Ironside (Highlander II)! As Resistance Leader General Ashdown, I give Connor shit for his hella lame ideas. Who cast me as a leader? Everyone knows I get hired to wreck shit or hunt down Douglas Quaid; I don't do talky savior of humanity.

Can you believe I used to date Spider-Man? Now I, Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village), fell for Connor's "I'm the future savior of humanity" line. As his wife Kate, I mostly give advice and look concerned while wearing a belt way above my impregnated belly. Though the world is overrun by machines, one must sport a fashionably high waistline at all times.

Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) here. Am I the only person taking this film seriously? As Kyle Reese I'm the bomb-diggity...if I do say so myself. I just wish my elaborate desert car chase wasn't edited so poorly.

Hi everyone. My name is Jadagrace. I play Kyle Reese's friend Star and I am this many years old. I don't speak, but I go stiff and look scared when a machine draws near. The director told me that there's nothing cuter than a child in peril in post-apocalyptic movies. Don't you agree?

Hey folks, I'm Sam Worthington. I get to play it rough and tough while being confused as to how I have survived lethal injection AND Judgment Day. As more and more is revealed about Marcus, I allow my Australian accent to return. By the climax, I was ready to slip a Terminator on the barbie.

The name's not Boobgood, it's Moon Bloodgood (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li). I play Blair, the hot one in Connor's ragtag bunch. I may seem hard on the outside, but I yearn for companionship. Marcus looks like a major upgrade to my sybian.

My job as John Connor is difficult. I worry a lot about whether this new weapon will work and if the Resistance leaders' plan is what's best for humanity. Screw the Resistance leaders and screw Skynet! I have my own plan. Now if you'll excuse me, I must reassure the huddled masses of soldiers that they will all be dead unless they believe.

FYI, from right to left Kyle, Star, Blair, Kate and John with Marcus playing guitar. Due to a no-compete clause with his label, Common could not participate.

Bring on the Terminators, bitches!

Dirty Undies

You hire Moon Boobgood and don't even let the twins peak from behind the jacket? Meanwhile, Sam Worthington runs around naked with CGI mud covering his junk to keep the censors happy. A lot of people supposedly die, but we don't see too much of it. There's lots of big robots crafted like Matryoshka dolls that make lots of noise and blow up lots of shit, but they mostly look pretty bad doing it.

Connor versus the machines is an ongoing theme in the Terminator franchise, but you wouldn't know it since he only gets to throw down at the film's beginning and end. The big final battle took Salvation to new heights, not difficult to do since it'd been stinking up the screen until that moment.

The Money Shot
I needed my Terminator spirits lifted after FOX castrated my hopes for a Sarah Connor Chronicles, Season 3. Instead I got two hours and three minutes of actors staring at less than spectacular effects erupt against the dreary, washed out aesthetic. McG delivered a jumbled mess of storytelling and loud stunts that has done little to revitalize the franchise.

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  1. The second I learned this was going to be PG-13 my heart just sank. I'm not sure I'm even going to bother seeing this in the theater - save my $$ for Drag Me to Hell instead.

  2. Don't blame you. I'm sure you can tell by today's post I'm also excited to see Drag me to Hell!

  3. your inclusion of the glee clip in the middle certainly made me laugh.

  4. When Bale gave that big radio speech, that song kept poppin' into my mind. I hate they already yanked it from youtube, you'd think they'd love the publicity!

  5. Drag me to Hell!!! I want to see this film so badly but my wife doesn't want to go!!!!! haha

  6. I got my wife to see it and she loved it (She's not a horror buff at all). I hope you get out to see Drag me to Hell soon, so worth it. My post'll be up later today.

  7. I wanted to see this, but it sounds absolutely dreadful. I did not want to see DMTH, but now I might after reading your blog...I am truly your diciple...

  8. TS has some good moments and some good acting, so it wouldn't be a total loss. If you check out DMTH I'd love to know what you think. It's funny you trust my picks, my wife still won't!

  9. Saw it. Glad I didn't pay for it.

    The film made less sense as it went on. Communcating battle plans over an open frequency on the radio. BS. A terminator could be imitating Connor's voice. There was no authentication process of any kind.

    I could go on but I won't

    I'll stick with TSCC.

  10. Salvation made me miss TSCC so much more. So much spectacle, so little logic.

  11. The movie was horrible. What an embarrassment, even to popcorn.

    Oh summer...Glau.

  12. I hear Summer may be on Dollhouse S2. I am oh so excited!

  13. The film didn't have the heart, nor the story or excitement that the original's did. I just wished they did more, instead of just being a typical sci-fi action thriller. Check out my review when you can!

  14. @CMrok93- Yep, too much production, not enough heart. On my way to check out your review.