REVIEW: TERMINATOR SALVATION
OVERVIEW: Witness the battle between man and machine in the gritty action epic as TERMINATOR SALVATION blasts its way onto Blu-ray and DVD on December 1st from Warner Home Video. The newest installment in the adrenaline-fueled hit Terminator franchise stars Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) as John Connor, leader of the human resistance in a post-Judgment Day world ravaged by deadly Terminators.
On December 1, Terminator
Salvation will also be available ON DEMAND through Digital
Cable, Satellite TV, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles
and it can be downloaded for rental or purchase on iTunes and
Amazon Video On Demand.
SYNOPSIS: In the aftermath of Judgment Day and the takeover by the machines, John Connor (Christian Bale, The Dark Knight), the destined leader of the human resistance, must counter Skynet’s devastating plan to terminate mankind. As Connor rallies his underground street fighters for a last, desperate battle, he realizes that to save the future he must rescue his own father Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek). But the most shocking discovery comes with the arrival of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington, Avatar), a mysterious loner from the past who challenges Connor with an impossible choice that will determine the future of the human race – leading them both on a brutal journey into the very heart of the enemy.
of speculation, finally the next chapter in the Terminator's
saga is here. With the direction of McG (Charlie's Angels)
and a screenplay by John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris
writers of the last installment in the series (Terminator 3
Rise of the Machines). "Terminator Salvation" is suppose to
be the first film of a prequel trilogy, but like we all know
everything will depend on its success.
The beginning of the film is well tied up to the end of
"Rise of the Machines", a post-apocalyptic America in the
aftermath of Judgment Day and at a time when John Connor is
not yet the leader of the resistance. Something that was
expected and that John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris
managed to integrated successfully providing an acceptable
back story. The film is also successful in making good
connections to the original film by accurately referencing
the lives of Sarah Connor and Carl Reese, however with the
absents of Arnold Schwarzenegger and with the addition
of Christian Bail, I was expecting to see an in depth story
about the war between the humans and the machines. I
was also expecting to see the development of a new character to
take Arnold's place. but it did not happen. At the end of
the movie it is very hard to determine who that character
can be. Terminator has always been a one man show and
that is something in which this film felt short.
To talk about special
effects in my opinion is useless, since we all know that the
Summer movies are at least 70% just that, eye popping
explosions with laud noises that just satisfying audience's
audio and visual needs for a total film experience. In this
case Salvation is not the exception. This is were the magic
of McG is a full throttle. Visually speaking this film is
one of the best in the series. We even get the opportunity
to see a computer generated Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film gets
5 stars in special effects not doubt about it.
So which one is better
"Rise of the Machines" or "Salvation". In my opinion this
decision can be separated in two categories. In special
effects there is not doubt that "Salvation" is better,
however in terms of better story "Rise of the Machines" get
edge over "Salvation" but not by much. Yes, "Salvation" is
better than "Rise of the Machines"
Salvation" can be define as a roller coaster ride that felt
short in substance.
DVD: The Widescreen
Edition is includes a 5.1 Dolby Digital audio in English,
Francais and Spanish. In terms of special features the DVD
doesn't include much. It only includes the digital copy of
the film. If you are interesting in getting special
features, you will need to shoot for the Blu-ray or 2
Disc DVD version of the film.
Widescreen [16:9 Transfer]
English Francais and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English Spanish
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