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TERMINATOR SALVATION (12A)

10-06-2009

Terminator

No Arnie this time…well, apart from a brief CGI reincarnation, so can the Terminator franchise survive without him? Er, not on this form.

Granted, by episode three of this schlockbuster franchise, the Governor of California had already become a flabby caricature of himself, but still we hugged our memories of the previous two films, and thought kindly of Terminator as one of the finest sci fi series of all time.

The original James Cameron movie was a dark dystopia while the second, which again paired Scwarzenegger with Linda Hamilton, delivered a topping of sharp wit.

Sadly, none of those qualities is evident in the latest offering, directed by McG, previously notable only for his music videos and a couple of Charlie’s Angels Films.

There are proficient pyrotechnics, noisy explosions, and frankly not much else as this prequel-cum-sequel tells the story, set in a blasted post-nuclear landscape, of resistance leader John Connor (a grunting, lacklustre Christian Bale) preparing for a do or die showdown with Skynet’s army of robotic Terminators.

Into this ravaged world drops Marcus Wright (a charismatic Sam Worthington), a former death row prisoner reinvented as a half human, half robotic hybrid who holds the key to mankind’s salvation.

No prizes for guessing the outcome, but predictability is the least of this movie’s problems.

It is, to borrow a phrase, full of sound and fury – signifying nothing.

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