It's ironic that the fourth movie installment in the Terminator franchise opens the same week as the television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, was officially cancelled by FOX. But it also highlights the reason why the movies were successful and the series was not: fans want to experience big-budget robotic action. And Terminator Salvation will not disappoint there. Set in the year 2018, the evil Skynet is preparing a devastating final attack designed to eliminate the human resistance forces once and for all -- using some familiar old-school robots, but also plenty of advanced models sure to give you a thrill ride.
An adult John Connor (Christian Bale) struggles to head up the resistance, but is shaken by the sudden appearance of a mysterious stranger named Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington). Unable to determine whether Marcus is a friend or foe, Connor begins to wonder whether there is any hope left for the human race as Skynet grows more powerful and aggressive than ever before. Anton Yelchin rounds out the cast as a young Kyle Reese in what is planned to be a new Terminator trilogy from director McG (Charlie's Angels).
Fans looking for this film to be Bale's to carry alone may be disappointed to learn that Worthington's screen time is nearly equal. And some critics and movie-goers may not be excited about the film's dark tone. But how could the mood be any different in a post-Judgment Day world? This new edition is not perfect, but neither were the previous three films. Sure there are some holes in the plot, but most summer blockbuster movies have them. I, for one, find myself already longing to see the next installment.