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Terminator Salvation (12A)

PUBLISHED: 13:18 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

by Alex Wellman www.sonypictures.co.uk/ movies/terminator salvation Sigh. I never, ever thought I would yearn for the mangled English of an Austrian bodybuilder as much as I do right now, writes Alex Wellman. He always promised u

by Alex Wellman

www.sonypictures.co.uk/ movies/terminator salvation

Sigh. I never, ever thought I would yearn for the mangled English of an Austrian bodybuilder as much as I do right now, writes Alex Wellman.

He always promised us he would be back but sadly that was not to be and instead Arnie is off butchering Californian budgets while we are left with a festering, rusty wreck of a movie.

Set in the year 2018, Terminator Salvation actually begins in the current age with a death row prisoner signing his body over to Skynet when he himself is terminated by the state.

A quick flip forward nine years and we are thrust into the throes of the humans versus machine battle that has been shown only in flashback in previous movies.

John Connor (Christian Bale) a grizzled warrior aware of what the future and the past, leads a group of equalled grizzled soldiers in the post-apocalyptic war.

Seen by some as a prophet and others as a nuisance, he is the voice of freedom broadcasting on the radio waves to human outposts across the globe.

When a member of his party crash lands following a desperate mission to save a young man called Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin) she is helped by a mysterious stranger called Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington).

It transpires that Worthington was with Reese before his capture by the machines and the pair make their way back to Connor.

Once there it becomes apparent that Wright isn't who or what he says he is and escapes only to be caught by Connor who frees him on the promise that he helps the team get into the machine's headquarters and rescue Kyle Reese.

This then leads to a final showdown in the heart of the Terminators' home with twists and turns before a dramatic conclusion.

Ok, so that's the basic storyline, but what is it like?

There is no other way to put it, other than to say total rubbish.

The film is a barely coherent mash of ideas without seemingly huge holes in the plot.

One minute Wright is downloading a computer programme, the next he is strapped to a machine having undergone surgery - how?

Explosions, gunfights but no threat. That is enough to sum the film up.

We have a huge number of colourful explosions and bullets flying all over the place but not any real threat from an enemy.

Only in the last few minutes is there a sense of panic from the metallic foe and even then that is only because we are given a carbon copy of the very first film.

Terminator Salvation positively screams rip-off when you take into account Mad Max 2, Fist of the North Star and War of the Worlds and if you want a good story I suggest trying one of these.

Rating: 1/5 stars

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk


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