Terminator Salvation (2009) - Widescreen Edition

Genre(s): Action / Science Fiction
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 115 minutes - $28.98 || December 1, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-11-30


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: McG
Writer(s): John Brancato & Michael Ferris (written by)
Cast: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Helena Bonham-Carter, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common


Theatrical Release Date: May 21, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

There comes a time when a film series just needs to stop. Take for example, the lucrative Harry Potter franchise. We will soon be done with those, but after the third one the movies for me at least got stale and stopped being fun for me. That of course, was a transition, which I just recently learned about. See, Iím going to tell you about how the latest into the Terminator movies, aptly titled Terminator Salvation, is going to be the end all for the franchise. So yes fans of the film, Bale wonít be back... hopefully.

The evil corporation known as Skynet has taken over the world as predicted from past movies in the year 2018. A killer, Marcus (Sam Worthington), volunteered for an experiment before he died and donated his body to medical science. He awakens in 2018 disgruntled and stumbles outside to find the world ruled by robots and survivors far and few between. He meets Kyle (Anton Yelchin) and Star (Jadagrace) who save him from an impending (supposedly, plot hole there) death from one of the robots. The three journey to the heart of Skynet so Marcus can find out what happened to him when he died and why heís still alive with superhuman powers.

Meanwhile, leader of the resistance movement John Connor (Christian Bale) is trying to find a way to stop the robots once and for all. He comes up with a signal that can ultimately abolish the robots if the sound is the right pitch so he has his crew, which includes Blair (Moon Bloodgood), Barnes (Common), and his wife Kate (Bryce Dallas Howard, who has an incredibly small and pointless role here) to build the machine. Itís ironic, using a machine to stop machinesÖ but anyways. Itís up to Connor to stop the terminators from destroying and taking over the world even more, and for Marcus to find out his true existence.

The problem with this film, or should I say multitude of problems with this flick, derives from the fact that it just plain sucks. The few action scenes involved with it just arenít that exciting and can be seen coming a mile away. For example, when Marcus, Kyle, and the mute Star (which I donít think is explained as to why sheís mute, if it was, sorry, if not, plot hole) arrive at a gas station they nearly get mugged by bikers. Somehow no one hears the giant robot thatís waiting outside the station or the ship that comes afterwards either, so unless the robots built stealth robots then...plot hole.

The multiple cases of violence/outbreak/adult themes are just too many in a film that should be just good action fun. I never remember the old films involving so many sexual undertones or violent outbreaks from the stupid citizens involved. Thereís one part where Blair nearly gets killed and violated by a bunch of bikers until Marcus saves here, and the scene doesnít even make any sense. Plus, the fact (SPOILER) that Marcus is a robot and yet it somehow eludes Blair until magnetic mines go off just completely was unbelievable to any extent. You donít notice, as a resistance fighter, that a guy no one knows can disarm three bikers in a matter of seconds and not get hurt?

Bale is absolutely horrible as Connor, who in past films is quite mild-mannered and calm. Instead, he plays an overacting adult who manages to evade death at every corner while his crew constantly dies to stupid decisions made by him. Whatís the point of a hero that rarely fights, and when he does, everyone else dies? Plus, the supporting cast of Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common (who was great in that Aces flick) and many others are underused and are just there for no reason. Thereís no explanation given as to why Connorís wife is pregnant, no indication of what the reason was, or anything to do with Connorís back story what so ever. I think that the director planned on there being multiple sequels to tie in the story with others, but with the meager box-office return I hope we donít see another.

I was going to insert a clever pun here with the famous quote from the series, but instead Iím going to take the high road.

Nah, just kidding. Bale, donít come back.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only extra available is a useless Digital Copy that wonít work with I-Tunes, so thus itís useless.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

What we get here is an acceptable transfer, but not one that looks how it should. Grain is able to run rampant throughout almost the entire movie, which to me created a pain for my eyes to see. Colors for the most part appeared to be decent although white and blacks were stronger than the others for the duration of the movie. I also noticed a few points where distortion over powered the screen and thatís never pretty to see. Most of the nighttime shots looked fairly poor, but other than the major grain and noise issues this isnít a bad transfer. Itís really not one though fans should be expecting when they pay for a DVD of a new release film though.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track though that comes with the film is a sheer disappointment in all respects. Dialogue itself is low and incredibly light in terms of ďwowingĒ the audience with action in the lines spoken. Thereís also the problem with the action scenes sounding as dull as can be, along with surround use sounding pitiful at best. I expect this sort of audio track from a direct-to-DVD flick, but not one that was just out in theaters this past May. Thereís literally nothing good I can write about this track, so Warner needs to start stepping up on their DVD releases and stop putting forth so much effort into the Blu-Ray counterpart.



.::OVERALL::.

Terminator Salvation is a disappointment in the series, and odds are the killer that will finally put a rest to the franchise. The acting is so over-the-top that it makes the movie boring and the action sequences are yawn-inducing. The audio doesnít have anything memorable, the video transfer isnít phenomenal, and with zilch for special features this is hard-pressed to recommend beyond a rental. Sorry fans, but this is one Terminator that probably wonít be back.