Terminator Salvation - (3 stars)
Perhaps one of the most popular things to do right now in Hollywood is to "reboot" a franchise. Rebooting a franchise could entail making a sequel, prequel or even a complete redo. Reboots have successfully happened to Indiana Jones and Batman, so why not the popular Terminator franchise?
Terminator Salvation is the fourth entry into the series usually starring the massively muscled Arnold Schwarzenegger. While Schwarzenegger is not in this movie in the flesh, since he is still the Governor of California, the movie is a continuation of the series so it takes into account the time-line set up in the previous three movies. You do not have to have seen the first 3 Terminator movies to understand the basics of what is going on, but will probably gain more enjoyment from the movie if you have.
The movie revolves around a group of resistance fighters led by John Conner (Christian Bale) and a ragtag trio of "Judgement Day" survivors trying to make their impact as well including a former Death Row inmate (Sam Worthington) and a young wannabe resistance fighter by the name of Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin). The resistance believes they have found a way to beat the machines, but have also discovered the development of a new Terminator. A robot that incorporates human tissue into its design.
The most difficult part about engineering a reboot of a popular franchise is finding the middle ground for new and returning viewers alike. Terminator does a good job of conveying the events of the past movies in a way that doesn't distract, however it never goes anywhere with it and settles into just being a slightly forgettable action movie.If you are looking for plenty of explosions and action the movie does not disappoint, but the characters aren't much more than cardboard cutouts that you don't really find yourself caring for. In the end, the characters are about as robotic as the enemies they are fighting. (Netflix)
(115 Minutes - Rated PG-13 for Intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and language)