John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future that Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
I went and saw this last night, curious to see what McG had up his sleeve to revitalize the franchise. It's definitely John Connor's story, and I think Christian Bale is an ideal actor to play this grim character who is the voice of the Resistance that everyone listens to. In fact I liked all the actors, including the young man, Anton Yelchin, who portrays Kyle Reese, John's father. I definitely felt like I was looking at a younger version of Kyle, who was played by Michael Biehn back in 1984. And can you believe the original "Terminator" was out 25 years ago??? Unbelievable. Though the real Arnold and Linda Hamilton are not in the movie, they do make appearances, lending a nostalgic feel to the film.
However as much as it's said otherwise, it's not as character-driven as I would have liked. And the special effects are nothing special, not when you hold it up against the 3rd installment. I could see that the idea was to push the film further into the future, after Judgment Day has happened, and so it feels fragmented from those first 3 movies because of it. It made me long for the days of old, with kick-ass Sarah Connor. And that edge-of-your-seat tension watching Skynet send newer and deadlier robots to kill John is missing in this film. I just didn't feel that nail-biting danger. I found myself yawning throughout the film
My verdict: *** out of ***** Wait for the DVD version.
Anyone else see it? Did you like it or not?