Terminator: Salvation was OK, but definitely the weakest of the series to date. Yes, I’m including T3 in that statement. No, I don’t think the third one was awful. Yes, despite Claire Danes in an action flick. No, I’m not kidding. It was a decent conclusion (or restart, depending on how you look at it).
This latest one did alright maintaining some believable continuity with the timeline established earlier in the series, but how many more screen-hours of humans running from terminators can we reasonably take? The “redemption” storyline with the terminator hybrid was pretty weak and cliched. But honestly, it followed such an obvious and predictable sequence, to stretch it out more would have made it much worse. The chases, the explosions, the post-apocalyptic landscape of southern California, all combined for reasonable levels of excitement, even if they did nothing innovative.
Bottom line: this flick plays to that lowest common denominator of action movies, and will make plenty of money in the process. If you’re looking for an exciting adventure this summer, though, I’m gonna give my early vote to Star Trek. Even that Transformers shite might jump ahead of T4, given that they’ve got Hollywood’s king of gratuitous excess, Michael Bay, at the helm.
I’ll give it 5 out of 10.