Christian Bale may be Batman, but he is also John Connor, a man who is destined to lead the human army into battle against the robots who are taking over Earth. He meets Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), who is a human-turned-robot. Worthington’s acting is respectable in this film, and he would later go on to good places (like a little blue movie called Avatar). Bale, on the other hand, with his irritating Batman voice is surprisingly bland.
Other cast members include Anton Yelchin who plays John Connor’s father, which I thought was a pleasant performance. Bryce Dallas Howard plays John Connor’s wife, who mostly does nothing. Moon Bloodgood is Marcus Wright’s love interest, who does a little bit more.
Salvation is the fourth installment in the Terminator film franchise, and this movie makes all sorts of useless references and winks to the earlier films. You get everything from the famous “I’ll be back” to the Guns N’ Roses song. There is even a phoned-in appearance by a certain someone, and it’s not even the real deal. If you are not a Terminator fan or don’t remember the previous films, you will most likely be lost. But even if you are a fan, all the throwbacks are way too much.
There is an action scene involving a giant robot and two motorcycles that is relatively well-directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels). Sadly, the rest of the movie is extremely dull and broody. If you are looking for some exhilarating robot mayhem, you are better off with (*ahem*) Transformers, or even I, Robot.
Terminator Salvation could have redeemed itself a little if the final fight was more creative. Worthington gives you a mildly interesting character to follow, but other than that, this kind of stuff is done better in other movies. (Or even better, go back to Terminator 1 & 2).