We’ve seen it all now. Leaked scripts, intense previews, Christian Bale flipping out and being f***ing done, professionally. This week Terminator Salvation comes out, the fourth film in the twenty-year old franchise. Though this one will be completely different than all the others, since this will be the actual war after the robot-apocalypse and we’ll actually get to see John Conner kick some metal ass rather than hear it prophesied by naked time-travelers.
I don’t think you’ll be tricked by the preview here. What you see is what you’ll get: high, intense action in a futuristic sci-fi setting. There’s a war with advanced robots. If the first Terminator hadn’t created this story (or at least brought it mainstream) I’d dock points for un-originality. What might trick you, however, is the ending. I looked for the quotation (for about three seconds, sorry I’m working on a clock), but it promises to be incredibly divisive. Some will hate it, some will love it, but it will likely be unexpected. This comes after the first ending was completely leaked, which featured (this is a spoiler for a changed ending, so do I really have to indicate it?) John Conner dying and, since his image is so important to the resistance, having a cyborg take his appearance. I’m no Terminator geek, but I recognize a terrible idea when I see one. Thank goodness this script was leaked and the ending changed. This completely butchers the whole point of John Conner, a regular human facing insurmountable odds. I could rant on that for a while, but it’s not happening anymore, so I’ll let it go.
Whatever the new ending is, it seems like a giant risk. I hope I’m on the ‘love it’ side of things. I know it won’t end on a high note: think The Empire Strikes Back meets Requiem for a Dream. Bummer right? Instead of Han in carbonite we have Han dead from a cocaine overdose.
What looks particularly intriguing to me is the cyborg that thinks it’s human. I don’t know how they’re using that, though I know it will be important, and it seems like an eerie and awesome idea.
There’s really not much more to this, I suppose. Like I said, what you’ll see is likely what you’ll get. And what you’ll get should be pretty good. We’ll see.
Excitement buzz: 7.8/10