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By Jared Curtis jared@dmcityview.com

 

‘Terminator Salvation’

Directed by McG
Rated PG-13, 115 minutes

I should have known things were going to be bad when McG (seriously, what kind of name is that?) was awarded the director’s chair for the newest film in the terminator franchise, “Terminator Salvation.” But I was blinded by my love of the three previous films, so I went in with an open mind. Oh well, I tried. My two biggest problems — McG (McLame, as I call him) gave away the biggest surprise in the trailer, and Christian Bale’s performance (which seemed like an excellent choice as John Connor leading the human resistance) was uninspiring and stiff. The lone bright spot was Anton Yelchin, who shines as Kyle Reese. “Terminator Salvation” is a waste of two hours, and I felt heartbroken (much like the feeling after “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”) after witnessing the destruction of such a beloved film franchise. CV

 

‘The Terminator’

Directed by James Cameron
1984, Rated R, 108 minutes

In 1984, little known director James Cameron unleashed a fury of terrifying violence with “The Terminator.” And even with three sequels, including Cameron’s big budget “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” none lived up to the pure terror presented in the original. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the terminator, a machine sent back through time to destroy Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) before she gives birth to the futuristic human resistance leader, John Connor. But the joke is on him, as John Connor has also sent back a soldier, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), to protect Sarah from being killed so John can be born and lead the resistance in the future. “The Terminator” is not only is filled to the brim with intense action sequences and violence, it’s also a story about hope. And, as Sarah learns, without hope there is no reason for living. CV

 



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