"Salvation" is more respectful of the franchise than "Rise of the Machines", and it does try to take the series in a promising new direction. Nonetheless, it's not a very good film. The look is generic, the performances are bland, and the dialogue is horrid. Plus, the over-abundant references to the first films just remind us we should be watching those instead.
While not the best action movie ever made, it is certainly a better effort than T3 - and another situation where complete snobbery blinds people from enjoying the merits. The acting was mostly wooden as McG seemingly has no idea what to do with actors, but the action sequences were fantastic and, despite the inconsistencies, it was nice to get a glimpse of the post-apocalyptic world that T2 merely touched on.
This last hurrah from the franchise Terminator was taken into the good direction where special effects was designed to not overshadow the importance of present day reality. There are great blow ups and pretty darn cool sequences scene, and also the likable Sam Worthington that I sincerely hope not turn into Crowe.
Man I love this place, Floserber damned you, I was just going to type that. Just when I thought things couldnt get any worse with terrible Terminator 3, here comes terrible terminator 4. Just another reason why 20 year old cokehead directors need to stop rebooting terrific franchises and mainly, can we please for the love of god put Fidels terrific score back into the franchise. Oh yeah Bale has the charisma of spam.
I'm a sucker for the Terminator franchise, so I was really anticipating something of a reboot after the train wreck of T3. The exposition in the first half hour of the film had good pacing and set the right tone of loneliness and devastation, but then the plot just went off the deep end and never came back. Major disappointment.