Thursday, June 25, 2015

Terminator: Salvation (2009)

Terminator: Salvation is considered by many as worst Terminator movie. At least until Terminator: Genisys hits the theaters. Terminator: Salvation is only Terminator movie without Arnold Schwarzenegger and only one set on war between humans and machines. There was computer generated Arnold but we don't see real Arnold in movie. It was meant to launch new Terminator trilogy which was forgotten quite soon after the release of the movie.

Terminator 3 and Terminator: Salvation are disliked by general audience since they closer to original film than Terminator 2. Terminator 2 was feel good kid friendly action movie as much as movie about war between humans and robots can be. It was also only movie ending with possibility of war between humans and robots may not come.

Terminator: Salvation forgets Terminator 2 completely and takes very little from Terminator 3. It takes almost too much from first Terminator movie. John Connor is messiah of human resistance. Based on wikipedia his role was expanded because Christian Bale wanted to play him instead of Marcus which he was planned to play.

Marcus is main character. I guess his role was reduced a bit to give more room for John Connor. Marcus is executed criminal who wakes up in middle of war between humans and robots. Movie tells story of how he finds out what he really is and how he decides what he wants to be. Marcus meets Kyle Reese. Machines are after Kyle Reese like they know he is the father of John Connor. When they caught him they forget they want to kill him.

Terminator: Salvation has many plot holes and inconsistencies like that. I feel making John Conner's role bigger caused many of these inconsistencies. Keeping this as story of Marcus and Kyle Reese would have made more sense. Now John Connor is lone action hero going against enemy base. Also making every movie story of different characters with connection being small role of John Connor would have been interesting idea.

Mad Max: Fury Road was like that. Judge Dredd comics are like that. Original idea would probably had worked better. Most problems were caused by giving John Connor bigger role.

Terminator: Salvation is not as bad as its reputation. It has plot holes and inconsistencies. Marcus is interesting character and his story is best part of the movie. Making John Connor and Kyle Reese too important was bad choice.

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