Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 12 - Terminator 3 & 4

I was originally not a fan of any of the Terminator films and therefore had not seen either of them. But I when I was in the local Blockbuster store, I decided to try them out. I found that, to the chagrin of many Terminator fans, that "Rise of the Machines" and "Salvation" were my favorite.
Being someone who is a fan of the new modern, MTV fast camera filming, I found the first two enjoyable and fun, but not exactly re-watchable. That would probably be because of the fact that I was not around when the first one came out and wasn't awed by seeing Arnold performing surgery on his eye.

TERMINATOR RISE OF THE MACHINES was a incredible movie, visually and action wise. It seemed more original compared to the others, because, JUDGEMENT DAY FINALLY HAPPENED. It kept your interest through the entire film as a new terminator comes back in time from Skynet in order to, not kill John Connor (Nick Stahl) this time, but to kill off the other members of the future resistance so that the soldiers never band together. Only the terminator (depicted on the poster) is not alone. And someone else  was hot on her heals:

He's back...! Arnold Returns in this film to kick some ass and save the day one last time. Only time is running out,  little does John Connor know it, but even staying off the grid won't stop Judgement Day from happening. Because the military is still building Skynet, despite all their previous efforts in the first two movies, to thwart it's activation.

John Connor and the Terminator (Arnold), must work together and fight against the clock to save the future. Time is running out.

TERMINATOR SALVATION picks up about 10 years after the ending of Terminator Rise of the Machines. It takes a fresh look at the franchise from a new perspective: The bombs have fallen, the machines have risen, and the Resistance fights on.
This movie follows bad-ass John Connor (Christian Bale), who isn't the leader of the Resistance yet, but is climbing the ladder.
John Connor is the most determined soldier in the Resistance, even to the point where he was willing to nuke his position inside a Skynet base.
Obviously that didn't happen because he is supposed to survive.
Amazingly, there isn't a clear "bad guy" like in the other films. In this one it takes a look at the evolution of Skynet in Marcus (Sam Worthington), and explores the fact that our worse enemy is ourselves when we stop trusting each other.

Hopefully in the next couple years, Warner Bros will green light the next Terminator, and we can get Christian Bale back for more that one movie to break the "One actor per John Connor" rule that seems to be sticking.

Looking for a fun action filled night that ends with some though provoking questions of humanity and life? Go watch these movies. They work perfectly back to back and are worth re-watching occasionally.

I guess if I'm wrong about the first Terminators, feel free to comment your own thoughts. I'm not a tyrant and want feedback!

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