I’m going to go out on a limb here: Terminator Salvation actually wasn’t a bad flick. Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s got like a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was directed by McG, so it’s cool to hate on it. Our own Katey Rich was kinder than many reviewers with her 3.5 star review. I think the real problem here was that of expectations. For the longest time, everyone was absolutely convinced it would suck. Expectations were low to nonexistent. Then along came the trailers, and they were…actually not bad. Hope took seed. Could it be? Was there still hope to see another good Terminator movie in our lifetimes? Maybe, maybe not, but I think that roller-coaster of expectations left a lot of people primed to hate the final film more than they might have otherwise.

Is it a great film? Heavens no. Worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence as the first two? Probably not. But it had some solid action, Sam Worthington doing his best with an underwritten role, and Anton Yelchin doing a surprisingly passable Kyle Reese impersonation. Of course, I may be feeling more forgiving of Yelchin’s performance here because I have since suffered through his take on Chekhov, but still. Screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris have said in interviews that their original take on the story would have focused primarily on Yelchin’s Reese and Worthington’s Marcus Wright character, but the script had to be reshuffled when the casting of Christian Bale demanded the Connor role be beefed up. The film’s biggest problem is that you can feel those changes throughout. Connor spends pretty much the whole film glowering and pouting, and while Wright has the makings of a much more interesting protagonist, he’s not given enough time to realize that potential. Bottom line: Terminator Salvation is an interesting experiment with some good moments that could have been a lot better. But I’ll still add it to my collection, whereas Terminator 3 is nowhere to be found on my shelves.

Whether you dug the film or were disappointed, you’ll get a chance to reevaluate Salvation arrives on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, December 1st. We’ve got some clips straight from the Resistance (a.k.a. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment), and you can check out our previous story detailing the disc specs right here. And hey, if nothing else, you can get clearer footage of Moon Bloodgood’s boobs.

“Come With Me If You Want to Live”

“You Are the Resistance”

“I’m John Connor”

“The Only Hope You Have”

“Fighter Planes”

“Gas Station”

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