Terminator Salvation opens this weekend and the first reviews are already appearing online. What’s the early word? A long as you’re not expecting much, Terminator Salvation may deliver a good time.
One thing agreed upon by almost everyone whom Warner Bros. allowed to run an early review, is that this is a movie with a much darker tone. In fact, THR’s Michael Rechtshaffen goes so far as to call it “sullen”.
Apparently the whole thing is so dark and so dire that Variety’s John Anderson worries audiences may not want to show up to see it. Of course he does this while at the same time referring to moviegoers as “lemmings”, so it’s not as if he has a particularly high opinion of audiences to begin with.
Though Anderson may not think much of moviegoers, he does seem to love the film and compares it favorably to Cameron’s past work. THR’s reaction is, far less positive which leaves us with an early buzz that is, for now, decidedly mixed. It’ll likely be late in the week before Warner Bros. allows other outlets to post their reviews. Look for our review on Cinema Blend, as soon as we’re allowed to post it. In the meantime, here’s a quick selection of what’s being said by the reviewers who’ve been able to get their opinions out there early:
“Darker, grimmer and more stylistically single-minded than its two relatively giddy predecessors, "Terminator Salvation" boasts the kind of singular vision that distinguished the James Cameron original, the full-throttle kinetics of "Speed" and an old-fashioned regard for human (and humanoid) heroics.” - John Anderson, Variety
“While incoming director McG (the "Charlie's Angels" movies) certainly gets a rise out of the machinery in the post-apocalyptic thriller, there's little sign of life where the flatly executed human component is concerned.” - Michael Rechtshaffen, THR
“In Terminator Salvation, machines have exterminated most of humankind and run the planet; I think they made the movie, too. This isn’t storytelling, it’s programming” – David Edelstein, NY Mag
“Neither action nor Terminator fans should be displeased with McG’s work. Anyone expecting a genre-defining, science fiction film as explosive as the first two Terminators, though, are going in with too high of expectations.” - College Times
“I came out of the cinema with the belief that we may still have great stories from the Terminator universe, and that we at least have a fine piece of action movie, with the potential for a good story arc.” - AICN