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Terminator Salvation (Director's Cut)
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12.07.2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
McG

Actors:
Christian Bale
Sam Worthington
Moon Bloodgood

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The war against the machines rages on, though this time in humanity's bleak future as John Connor begins to realize that not only has something changed, but that his enemy may be more cunning than he originally thought.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The TERMINATOR franchise is an old one, and has seen its share of ups and downs. The first one was light years ahead of its time story wise, from a technological standpoint and even conceptually. The second one reinvented the action movie as we know it, with an even bigger story, insane special effects and unbelievable battles. And then the third one set the franchise backward on its heels with an unprecedented amount of suckage. But that was then, and this is now. I may be in the minority here, but I seriously dug TERMINATOR SALVATION and couldn’t wait to oogle it on Blu-ray.

McG did the ground work, thought this through and mapped out a great plot line featuring a slew of characters, both old and new. Linda Hamilton's voice over and Arnie's likeness added much needed perspective to an already confusing situation. Now I say that from a non-fan perspective (my girlfriends). As a fan of series, I found this flick sensational and a good step in the right (and probably only) direction this film could have successfully gone in. There were a great deal of winks and nods to the past films (the most fun for me being the G&R song from T2), and though some critics are saying the Terminators were lacking in their supremacy as far as being unstoppable killers, I would have to disagree. The Terminators were just as vicious and relentless as ever, only this time there were multiple kinds to look out for.

The extended Director’s cut is a measly three minutes longer, which I can sum up with two words: Moon’s breasts. At least that’s all I really got out of the “ahem” extra three minutes. Was this a marketing ploy to sell DVDs and Blu-rays? Most definitely (a fact made more obvious by the lack extras). Do I mind personally? Hells no, I’ve been looking forward seeing Moon reveal the goods as I think she’s one of the hottest chicks out there these days. I just wish she got better roles, because I feel she deserves better.

Christian Bale and Sam Worthington were sensational, and both essentially key components to making this a successful character driven story. The Resistance is the Resistance, but these guys gave them hope and purpose. Moon Bloodgood continued to be a goddess, and the rest of the support cast did just fine. This film was made to be a trilogy, and after seeing this one, I'm a little curious as to where they can go from here and how they'll keep the edge. Of course, seeing as how the rights are still in limbo, we may never know. Either way, McG doesn’t deserve the insane amount of shit he’s been getting over this, and I for one am on board for two more installments.
THE EXTRAS
Maximum Movie Mode: This interactive feature can be brought up on screen during the film, featuring McG explaining key elements and scenes exactly like Zack Snyder did with THE WATCHMEN Blu-ray. These are always great if you want to get the most out of the film.

Reforging the Future: A look into how the filmmakers faced the difficult task of carrying on the Terminator legacy while creating a new vision of the future. Filling in the gaps was harder than it looked, but I think it worked out fine.

The Moto-Terminator: A quick peek at the making of one of the coolest of the new machines: The Moto-Terminator. These ones and the sting ray models were welcome additions to this universe.

There are also a couple Blu-ray commercials and a Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Nothing will ever duplicate the adrenaline of TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, but I’m not disappointed to see them still trying. Some people whined this was too bleak, but to those people I ask, “What in hell did you think a future dominated by Terminators would look like?”

Extra Tidbit: I really wish they’d left both Worthington’s being a Terminator and Arnold’s cameo a surprise instead of using them both as marketing tools. It really wasn’t necessary.
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